Classical musicians tune up for autumn music series

The award-winning Chatham Saxophone Quartet, performing in Castleconnells All Saints Church on Tuesday, September 30 as part of the autumn music series
The RTÉ Contempo Quartet, award-winning cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and fiddler Zoë Conway are among those taking part in a classical music series in Limerick this autumn.

The RTÉ Contempo Quartet, award-winning cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and fiddler Zoë Conway are among those taking part in a classical music series in Limerick this autumn.

Details of the ninth annual Castleconnell series at the All Saints’ Church were unveiled this week, with a series of concerts also to take place The Granary in the city.

The Castleconnell series commences on Tuesday, September 30 with the Chatham Saxophone Quartet and continues in October and November with performances from pianist Michael McHale and German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich.

The RTÉ Contempo Quartet will host three free concerts in The Granary with a particular focus on the works of Joseph Haydn and featuring a number of special guest composers including fiddler Zoë Conway, accordionist Dermot Dunne and poet Joan McBreen.

“Our aim in presenting these concerts is to give the people of Limerick the opportunity to enjoy live classical music, performed by highly skilled musicians at two venues that are both intimate and local,” explained Brid Quinn of the Limerick Arts Office.

The programme for the All Saints’ Church will kick off with the award-winning Chatham Saxophone Quartet, performing an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz.

Belfast-born Michael McHale, who has established himself as one of the leading Irish pianists of his generation, performs on Tuesday, October 28.

German native Leonard Elschenbroich, one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation, presents masterpieces from the solo cello repertoire on Thursday, November 20.

Tickets available on the door.