MUSIC lovers who go see a concert devoted to the recorder will never have heard the instrument played like Caoimhe de Paor does.
The young Limerick woman beat off competition last year from some of the most talented musicians in the world to be accepted in to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music’s masters programme.
She started learning the recorder at five and is studying the instrument in London. For many the recorder is a starting point on a musical journey but Caoimhe has fallen in love with the instrument.
“It wasn’t until my undergad year that I discovered there is so much more to the instrument than you think. It doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves and I want to show what it is capable of,” said Caoimhe, who is from the Fr Russell Road.
She will present a showcase of her work in a concert called Recorder Rendezvous in the Irish Chamber Orchestra building in the Clare Campus of UL on Sunday, September 23 at 4pm.
The concert will feature repertoires from the renaissance right up to the present day. She will be joined by childhood recorder playing friends with whom she learned recorder in Limerick’s Municipal School of Music, as well as Maria O’Brien, her first teacher.
“I thought it would be fun to all play together again. Ms O’Brien was so encouraging and enthusiastic when I started learning,” said Caoimhe, who will also be joined by the award winning County Limerick Youth Choir under the baton of Máire Keary-Scanlon.
She will be accompanied through-out the evening by Eoin Scanlon, a childhood friend, who also studied with Caoimhe in the Cork School of Music. Caoimhe is a former student of the year at the Cork School of Music
Tickets are €10, concessions €6. The proceeds will all go back into financing Caoimhe’s burgeoning career as the cost of studying abroad is in excess of €20,000 a year.
Caoimhe would like to acknowledge the very generous support of the Irish Chamber orchestra in providing the venue; the use of their harpsichord; Cork City Council; Limerick County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.
Caoimhe has a busy couple of weeks ahead as she will travel to Israel in early October to represent Guildhall at a music festival.