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The Great Hall, Queen's University, Belfast, BT7 1NN
19th - 26th October 2014
Belfast Music Society presents the Northern Lights Mini-Fest, its annual showcase of outstanding young classical musicians from Northern Ireland.
Featuring the Agnew McAllister Duo (19 Oct), Quercus Ensemble (22 Oct), and Emma Morwood (26 Oct).
Agnew McAllister Duo:
Aisling Agnew (flute), born and raised in Belfast, has toured extensively throughout Ireland/NI and the UK as well as in Europe, North and South America and Asia with her regular recital partner Matthew McAllister. Their relaxed, intimate performance includes 'The Uses of Not' by local composer Greg Caffrey, premiered by the duo in Salzburg in 2009, and the sizzling 'Carmen Fantasy' by Borne, based on Bizet's ever-popular opera.
Songs, Games & Dances at the Cafe de Paris
Quercus Ensemble, Northern Irelandís exciting and dynamic chamber ensemble, presents an evening of music inspired by the world's most romantic city.
Be transported back to the golden age of the Parisian salon, with love songs by Faure, Saint-Saens's gripping Danse Macabre, and Bizetís vibrant depiction of childrenís games. Quercus Ensemble's diverse instrumentation and imaginative programme promises something for all, with a specially commissioned work by Northern Irish composer Patrick Brennan, and French composer Thierry Escaich's virtuosic dance scenes, which fuse elements of jazz, tango, disco and ragtime
Emma Morwood, described as 'a radiant Pamina' in Opera Theatre Company's Irish tour of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' (Sunday Times), is one of Belfast's rising operatic stars. She has performed with leading UK orchestras (RLPO, CBSO, Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia) as well as in opera and recital around the UK and Ireland. Notable recent engagements include recitals at Oxford Lieder Festival, Chester Festival, Leeds International Concert Season and at The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice.
Programme to include works by Rachmaninov, Schubert, Mozart, as well as Liszt's Four French Songs.