A special concert at 7:30pm in the Picture Gallery of Kilkenny Castle to mark the 50th anniversary of the handover of the Castle to the OPW.
- David Power (uilleann pipes) & Triona Marshall (harp)
- Patrick Rafter (violin) & Ellen Jansson (piano)
Before the concert (from 6:30pm) there will be a Preview of the Exhibition: ‘Networks, Ormond Courtiers & Kilkenny Merchants in the 16th Century’
DAVID POWER (uilleann pipes)
A member of Irish music groups Masters of Tradition and Pipers Union, David Power has performed in the off-Broadway show ‘Love’s Pure Light’, recorded music for the Irish Repertory Theatre’s ‘The Field’ and was a cast member and musician in the Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘A Touch of the Poet’. He has performed with many poets, including Michael Davitt, Dermot Bolger, Kerry Hardie, Seamus Heaney, Thomas McCarthy, Clodagh Beresford-Dunne and Robert Pinsky, worked with accordionist Tony MacMahon, writer Dermot Bolger and director John Comisky on the audiovisual show ‘The Frost is All Over’, and developed a stage show based on early Irish Christian Saints with Kerry Hardie and Olivia O’Leary, entitled ‘To Find a Heathen Place and Sound a Bell’, which had its debut at the renowned Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Recent collaborations include a Music Network commission entitled ‘Edges of Light’ – with harpist Maeve Gilchrist, fiddler Tola Custy and dancer Colin Dunne – which featured at the Irish Arts Center in New York in June 2017, and the audiovisual show ‘Antarctica’, with composer Linda Buckley and director John Comisky, which premiered at the 2017 Kilkenny Arts Festival.
With three critically acclaimed solo album recordings – ‘My Love Is In America’, ‘Cuachín Ghleann Neifin’ and ‘The Eighteen Moloney’ – Power regularly performs with fiddle players Willie Kelly and Martin Hayes, presents organ and uilleann pipes recitals with Malcolm Proud, and performs with the baroque music group Camerata Kilkenny in a concert presentation called ‘The Piper and the Faerie Queen’.
TRÍONA MARSHALL (harp)
Hailing from a musical family in Portlaoise, Ireland, Triona began studying harp at age seven. Her natural talent led her to receive tuition under Aileen McArdle and by age eighteen, she began a four-year degree at Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag studying under Professor Edward Witsenburg. Triona undertook her postgraduate studies at London’s Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Daphne Boden, graduating in 1998.
From this time until 2003, Triona was principal harpist with The RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Highlights from this period include numerous performances, television and radio broadcasts of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo and the Harp Concerto in B-flat by George Friedrich Handel. Other work as a soloist with the Concert Orchestra includes her performance of The Seville Suite by Bill Whelan and The Pilgrim by Shaun Davey.
In 2003, a chance ticket to a Martin Hayes concert and a one-off performance with The Chieftains at the BBC Proms in the Park ignited an enduring passion for Irish traditional music, beginning the journey that Triona has been on ever since. Six months after what was intended to be a one-off guest performance with The Chieftains, Triona was asked back and has been performing with them ever since, engaging in extensive world-wide tours, recording on platinum-selling albums and even receiving an Honourary Doctorate from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Triona recently released a ground-breaking new harp-album called ‘Between Two Ways’. It features an exceptional mix of musicians, Paddy Maloney, Martin Hayes, Sean Keane, and Tim Edey to name a few. and a captivating array of melodies old and new
PATRICK RAFTER (violin)
Celebrated as one of Ireland’s most gifted and exciting musicians, Patrick Rafter has compelled and inspired audiences throughout the world. A star-studded journey includes debuts with some of the finest orchestras such as Prague Philharmonia, performances alongside leading conductors including Semyon Bychkov and Marin Alsop, and sharing the stage with the world’s most acclaimed musicians such as Maxim Vengerov and Shlomo Mintz. A personal invitation to study under Vengerov has led to 1st prizes in international competitions and has been a catalyst to an international career. Upcoming projects include an album recording, performances throughout Europe and debuts with leading orchestras such as the London Mozart Players.
Born into an exceptionally musical family, Patrick quickly rose to attention with over 50 national accolades. He is a top graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He has studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin under Fionnuala Hunt and Eyal Kless. He is deeply grateful to the department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht whose support allows him to perform on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin made in Paris in 1840 and a Eugene Sartory bow from Paris 1925.
ELLEN JANSSON (piano)
Ellen Jansson recently graduated top of her class from the undergraduate programme at CIT Cork School of Music, where she was also recipient of the Cork Orchestral Society Emerging Artist Award. She spent a year studying with Professor Martin Hughes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and is also a past pupil of the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where she was the winner of the Chetham’s Yamaha Piano Competition. Ellen has also been awarded first prize in both the CSM Advanced Recital and Senior Concerto Competitions and was the recipient of a Flax Trust bursary at the Camerata Ireland Academy of Clandeboye Festival 2016.
Ellen has appeared as soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Esker Festival Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and CSM Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in many prominent venues in Ireland and abroad, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Großes Studio Mozarteum (Salzburg), Alexela Concert Hall (Tallinn, Estonia), Ukrainian Radio Concert Hall (Kiev), RDS Concert Hall, John Field Room NCH and the National Concert Hall (Dublin). Recent festival appearances for Ellen include the Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and the ‘Finding a Voice’ Festival in Clonmel.