Like coffee and cake, fish and chips or Fred and Ginger, some pairings just can’t be topped. The exquisite combination of violin and harp is most definitely a match made in heaven, and no more so than in this new Music Network collaboration between Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey and French harpist Agnès Clément.
Celebrated for her captivating expression, soaring tone and fearless virtuosity, Mairéad Hickey’s natural ability to communicate sincerely, and with beauty and integrity has entranced audiences worldwide. Agnès Clément is recognised as a musician of exceptional talent whose astonishing virtuosity alongside an ability to deliver performances brimming with full-blooded passion has won her widespread acclaim.
Featuring a beautiful selection of music by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Viardot, Renié,
Spohr (the inventor of the violin chin rest no less!) and a brand new Music Network commission by John McLachlan, their programme will delight and enthral music lovers around the country.
Composer John McLachlan will present a Composer Insight Session during the final concert of the tour at Station House Theatre, Clifden on 16 October.
“Hickey brought an amazing combination of gutsiness and ecstasy.” Irish Times
“Virtuoso at the summit of her art” Agence France-Presse [on Clément]
Presented & Supported by
Sonata Concertante in E-flat Major for violin and harp, Op.113 no.4Johann Sebastian Bach
Andante and Allegro from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003John McLachlan
Phoenix (New Music Network Commission)Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi
Elegia Op.22Henriette Renié
Légende d’après les Elfes de Leconte de LislePauline Viardot
Haï Luli!Jules Massenet
Méditation de ThaïsCamille Saint-Saëns
Fantaisie in A Major, Op.124