Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
International Concert Series 2017/2018
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 10 May, 8pm
English music from the twentieth century is at the core of the programme of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, making a second visit to the International Concert Series as part of its 125th anniversary tour with their Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits. The programme also includes Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with guests soloist Simon Trpčeski.

Vox Luminis
Wednesday 23 May, 8pm
Vox Luminis from Belgium is an ensemble that has been garnering exceptional critical acclaim under its music director Lionel Meunier. For their Dublin debut, they will perform a programme entitled Light & Shadow which celebrats the glories of the English renaissance with works from Tallis, Byrd, Tomkins and more.

Culwick Celebrates 120 Years
Wednesday 2 May
The Culwick Choral Society celebrate their 120th anniversary with a performance of two great choral masterpieces: the jubilant Gloria by Francis Poulenc & the sublime German Requiem by Brahms.

American College Dublin
A Musical Theatre Celebration
Thursday 3 May
American College Dublin presents Ireland’s premier musical theatre degree students celebrating two of Broadway’s legendary songwriting partnerships – Rodgers and Hammerstein and Kander and Ebb.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Wed 9 & Tues 15 May
Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. This year there are two evenings that will ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel.

Martin Hayes Duos
Saturday 12 May
For this special concert, the final concert in the NCH Martin Hayes Residency, Martin unveils new duets with special guests alongside his longstanding partnership with Dennis Cahill.

Nessun Dorma – The Life & Music of Luciano Pavarotti
Sunday 13 May
Acclaimed British tenor Alexander James Edwards returns as Luciano Pavarotti. Hailed in the British press as the ‘young Pavarotti’ he is joined by the UK soprano Anna Patalong

Sounds Amazing with Mary Hegarty, John Molloy, David Morris
Wednesday 16 May
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra are joined by two of Ireland’s best loved opera singers Mary Hegarty & John Molloy & guest David Morris to celebrate the orchestra’s 70th birthday

Vladimir & Anton “Songs of the People”
Thursday 17 May
Following the great success of performing Russian repertoire, Vladimir & Anton are back with their new show, which takes you on a journey through the melodies that we all know and grew up with.

Blow the Dust Lunchtime Concert
Monday 21 May
The Blow the Dust Orchestra, the NCH’s orchestra for older or returning musicians perform music from Mozart, John Williams, Grieg & more in their annual lunchtime concert

Side by Side by Sondheim
Tuesday 22 May
Bobby Productions return with this musical revue of wall to wall Sondheim, peppered with material from West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, A Little Night Music & more

Amanda Palmer
Monday 28 May
Singer-songwriter & New York Times bestselling author Amanda Palmer returns to Dublin to perform everything from solo & Dresden Dolls’ favorites to unreleased new material

Sounds Amazing with Proinnsias O’Duinn, Michael McCarthy, Katie Birtill
Wednesday 30 May
The RTÉ CO are joined by their former Principal conductor Proinnsias Ó Duinn to celebrate the orchestra’s 70th birthday

Hibernian Orchestra Summer Gala Concert
Thursday 31 May
Pianist John O’Conor joins the Hibernian Orchestra for their summer gala to perform Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 alongside Barber & Bernstein.

Brad Mehldau Trio
Tuesday 8 May, 8pm
Brad Mehldau, piano | Larry Grenadier, double-bass | Jeff Ballard, drums
Combining technical prowess with a truly eclectic taste in music, pianist Brad Mehldau presents his first Dublin performance in many years with his longstanding trio – bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. With the almost telepathic connection that only musicians that have played together for this long can boast, Mehldau leads the trio in seamlessly switching between genres, showing off the sheer breadth of music that his career encompasses – touching on elements of Jazz, post-Bop, Classical and Prog Rock whilst always managing to sound wholly like himself.

Circuit Des Yeux
Sunday 13 May, 8.30pm
Vocalist, composer, and producer Haley Fohr has been Circuit des Yeux since she was eighteen years old. Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in May
Organist Thomas Trotter joins the RTÉ NSO on Friday 4 for a new work by Gerald Barry which will sit in between Brahms & Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony (please note change in programme from previously advertised)
Two mighty works from a giant of Russian music, Shostakovich – his Festive Overture and tour de force Cello Concerto with Narek Hakhnazaryan take centre stage for Friday 11 with the romantic Ein Heldenleben from Richard Strauss closing the evening.

2015 Dublin International Piano Competition winner Nathalia Milstein joins the orchestra on Friday 18 for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 before the orchestra with conductor John Storgårds takes on Mahler’s Tragic Symphony.

Guest Principal Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann brings the 2017/2018 season to a spectacular close on Friday 25 with the orchestra, the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir & soloists for Brahms’ Nänie & Beethoven’s Choral Symphony.

Dublin International Piano Competition 2018
Last Round Solo Recitals: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Grand Final: Tuesday 29 May, 7pm
In the last round solo recitals, 12 of the best young pianists from around the world will perform their solo programme. Four of those pianists will go on to Tuesday’s final, performing a concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Mogrelia.

Learning & Participation Events in May

Events for all the family

Family Concert: A Space Odyssey
Saturday 5 May, 11.30am & 1pm
Astronauts and space exploration are the themes for this interstellar outing with the NCH in-house band. Climb aboard our spaceship and join us on a journey through space, time and music. Expect some familiar space-themed tunes with a jazz twist, as well as some inter-galactic surprises!

Sing Along Adventures with the Rí Rá Rag Tag Band
Saturday 26 May, 11am & 12.30pm
Sing Along Adventures is an interactive musical exploration for children. Join our ragtag team of musicians on a journey through songs from around the world, and follow our musical map on our quest to find the magic cherry blossom tree! The event is primarily intended for children aged 3-7, however we do ask a parent/guardian to be present. Join in the fun on this singing, dancing musical adventure!

For Schools & Teachers
Musical World: Exploring Music for Primary Schools – The Music of Africa
Tuesday 8 May, 10.30am
This performance workshop for primary school groups (3rd-6th class) explores music from around the world; on this occasion we travel to Africa to experience the sounds and rhythms of the congo and beyond.
There’ll be plenty of opportunity for the children to get involved with our musicians, with lots of musical activities, sing-alongs and rhythmic games.

On a High Note: Music Workshops for Primary Schools
Thursday 10 May, 9.30am & 12pm
These fun and interactive music workshops provide an introduction to the world of rhythm, melody, singing, rap writing, and percussion, all with the emphasis on enjoyment and active music-making!
Children are encouraged to partake in listening and responding, composing, and performing through games, singing and instrument playing.

For Music Students
Vocal Master Class with Celine Byrne
Tuesday 15 May, 2pm
We are delighted to welcome back acclaimed lyric soprano Celine Byrne to the give a masterclass to up-and-coming singers based in Ireland.

NCH Backstage Tours
Selected Fridays & Tuesdays in April, May & June
The National Concert Hall will open it’s doors on selected afternoons for guided building tours.

Join us and gain a real insight into the history and workings of the National Concert Hall itself with a guided tour backstage and through some of our various grand rooms. Learn about the National Concert Hall organ, our chandelier and the interesting history of the Kevin Barry Recital Room.
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