DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama to present All Together Now


The 4th Annual Festival of the best of ensemble music making at the Conservatory

Sunday 13 April 2014, 7pm

National Concert Hall

The fourth annual All Together Now concert celebrates the very best of ensemble playing at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. The performance features students of all ages, from the youngest, who will be performing on the main stage of the National Concert Hall for the first time, to seasoned performers from DIT’s music performance degree programmes. The Conservatory is delighted to welcome back Liz Nolan from RTÉ lyric fm to compère the evening. As a former Conservatory student, Liz has a special affinity with the students, as she was once among their ranks playing oboe and singing.

The programme opens with the junior ensembles (students ages 6 – 17 years): Prelude Winds, Sinfonietta, Concert Band and Junior Choirs. This year, the senior ensembles are focusing on the concerto, with outstanding soloists drawn from distinguished alumni and current prize-winning students. The soloists in Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 include three alumni of the Conservatory: David O'Doherty (violin and director of the DIT Sinfonia), Laoise O'Brien (recorder) and Iulian Pusca (pan flute). David and Laoise are now well-established lecturers at the Conservatory, but started out taking lessons in the Junior Conservatory. Iulian Pusca, from Moldova, recently graduated from the Master of Music (Performance) programme and is also the 2012 Winner of the Irish Freemasons' Young Musician of the Year Competition. Playing the pan flute, Iulian adds a fresh twist to an old classic. They will be joined by DIT lecturer, Catherina Lemoni-O'Doherty on harpsichord and the young string players of the DIT Sinfonia.

The second half of the programme features the DIT Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the renowned Irish conductor and DIT lecturer, David Brophy. David Tobin (violin), Darragh Brogan (piano) and Darren Hatch (saxophone)—all winners of the Conservatory Concerto Competition—will perform concerto movements. Enjoy the romantic melodies from the Finale of Bruch's Violin Concerto no. 1, the drama of the opening chords of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2 and the vibrant rhythms of Ibert's Concertino da camera for saxophone and orchestra. Another highlight is the collaboration between the DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble and the DIT Symphony Orchestra performing “cosán de solas gealaí buí,” a work specially composed by Linda Buckley to explore the sonic possibilities of Irish traditional instruments and orchestra.


Highlights include:

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor, Op 18 (1st movement)

Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1, Op 26 (Finale)

Ibert: Concertino da camera

Linda Buckley: cosán de solas gealaí buí (a path of yellow moonlight) for Irish traditional ensemble, chamber orchestra and electronics

Ensembles: DIT Symphony Orchestra, DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble, DIT Junior Choirs, DIT Sinfonietta, DIT Prelude Winds, DIT Concert Band, DIT Sinfonia

Directors/Conductors: David Brophy, Odhrán Ó Casaide, Lorraine O’Connell, Orla Mulrey, Gillian Williams, Ronan Grant, Ian Dakin, David O’Doherty

Soloists: Darragh Brogan (piano), David Tobin (violin), Darren Hatch (saxophone), Iulian Pusca (pan flute)

Compèred by Liz Nolan (RTÉ lyric fm)


€15 | Students, Seniors - €10

Family Ticket - 2 adults and 2 children: €35

20% discount for groups of 10 or more

20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall

School/Youth Group discount for groups of 10 or more, €8 per ticket (email claire.connell@dit.ie for the promo code)

Tickets available from National Concert Hall Box Office - www.nch.ie  Tel: 01 417 0000, No booking fees

Darren Hatch studied the saxophone at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and completed both the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music Performance programmes. He has been concerto soloist with the DIT Symphony Orchestra and the DIT Wind Ensemble, and is a member of the Chatham Saxophone Quartet. Darren has had several competition successes at the ESB Feis Ceoil and was the winner of Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2012. He has performed with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Hibernian Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. 

Darragh Brogan began his Bachelor of Music degree at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2009, studying piano under Dr Mary Lennon. While a student, he won first prize in nearly all of the major piano competitions held at the Conservatory and won regular prizes at the Dublin Feis Ceoil. He has performed as a soloist and accompanist in venues such as the National Concert Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, The Pepper Canister Church and the Boyle Arts Festival. Darragh graduated from DIT with first class honours in 2013, receiving the prestigious Student Academic Excellence Award. He will be moving to London in September for a Master’s programme at the Royal College of Music. 

Iulian Pusca is a talented young artist, known for his skills in playing the pan flute. He performs a wide repertoire, including pieces that would normally be played on classical violin or flute. Iulian studied at the most honoured musical institution in his home country of Moldova, the Academy of Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. In 2013, he graduated with first-class honours from DIT’s Master of Music Performance. He has been awarded top prizes at many competitions and became the Emeritus Artist grantee in 2008. Iulian has toured across Europe, played with many well-known musicians and performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Moldovan National Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra, the Kishinev Chamber Orchestra of Organ Hall (Moldova), RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE Vanbrugh Quartet, ConTempo Quartet, Concorde Ensemble, Heath Quartet (UK),the Jalas–Jarven Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Schwerin Symphonic Orchestra (Germany) and folk orchestras and renaissance ensembles such as “Lautarii,” ”Folclor,” ”Flueras,” ”Mugurel.”

David Tobin is 19 years old and a student of Ódhrán Ó Casaide at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, having previously studied with Maria Kelemen and R. Masin. He has won prizes at international competitions and has won all junior competitions at the Feis Ceoil, as well as the Senior Violin, Arthur Catterall Cup, Arthur Darley Prize and Elsner Cup at senior level. He was the leader of the National Youth Orchestra from 2011–2013. He has performed as a soloist with the Dublin Orchestral Players and the Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra. David is planning to study in Germany with Michael Vaiman from September 2014.

Linda Buckley is a composer from the Old Head of Kinsale currently based in Dublin. Her music has been described as "strange and beautiful" (Boston Globe), a "fascinating interaction between live sound and electronics" (Irish Times), with “an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers working in the medium” (Journal of Music). Her work has been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Sinfoniker Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, Orkest de Ereprijs, Janus Trio, Rothko Trio and at international festivals including Bang on a Can at MassMoCA, Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam and Seoul International Computer Music Festival. Linda studied Music at University College Cork and Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. She holds a PhD in Composition from Trinity College, where she also lectures, and is currently RTÉ lyric fm Composer in Residence.

Contact: Sinead Coyne, DIT Public Relations Officer, sinead.coyne@dit.ie, 01 402 7130

Contact: Claire Connell, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Events Manager, claire.connell@dit.ie, 01 402 7857


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