Rising Stars Concert

Friday 21st April 2017, 8:00pm

Rising Stars Concert

University Concert Hall (UCH) is delighted to introduce a new Rising Stars Concert to its growing Education and Outreach programme. UCH has invited a group of exceptional young artists to become its 2017 Rising Stars and they will perform on the UCH stage on the 21st April 2017.

The aim of the concert is to bring gifted, young Irish classical artists to new audiences, to showcase their considerable talents, through musical programmes of their own choosing, and to provide them with a platform to progress further into their musical careers.

UCH is delighted to welcome Dearbhla Collins as accompanist on the evening. Regarded as one of Ireland’s finest and most versatile musicians, Dearbhla is a prize-winning solo pianist with a distinguished performing career both nationally and internationally.

The 2017 UCH Rising Stars are;
Eugene Alves & Gary Beecher (Cello & Piano)
Amy Ní Fhearraigh & Adam McDonagh (Soprano & Piano)
Christopher Moriarty (Clarinet)
David Howes (Baritone)
Jordan Bagot (Piano)
Roisín Walsh (Soprano)

Eugene Alves & Gary Beecher
Cello & Piano
CIT Cork School of Music

Originally from Brazil, Eugene Alves is currently in his last year of the MA in music performance at CIT Cork School of Music. He has performed throughout Brazil and Ireland including recitals in the Young Platform series in the NCH and in the RDS Rising Stars series. He was also a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has won several competitions including Feis Maitiu cello concerto.

Gary Beecher graduated with 1st Class Honours as “Highest Placed Student” and “Student of the Year” from the BM Degree at the CIT Cork School of Music. He won the Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year competition in October 2014 and was selected to represent Ireland in the Dublin International Piano Competition in May 2015.


Beethoven       Cello Sonata No.3 in A Major, Op. 69, 1st Mov
Schumann       Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano, Op.70


Amy Ní Fhearraigh & Adam McDonagh
Soprano & Piano
DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama

Amy Ní Fhearraigh recently graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with a 1st Class Honours degree. Successes within the Conservatory include the La Scala prize for Operatic Aria Performance and the Gertrude Morris-Grant for voice and piano duo. She recently made her professional role debut in Lyric Opera’s Carmen.

Adam McDonagh graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with a 1st Class Honours Degree. He was awarded the Michael McNamara Gold Medal for excellence in performance and the Anne Leahy dissertation award. He has performed as a concert soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland Camerata and with the DIT Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Brophy.

Strauss             Vier Lieder Op. 27
Poulenc           Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon C Fêtes galantes
Puccini             Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, La Rondine
Rachmaninoff  Spring Waters Op.14 No.11


Christopher Moriarty
Accompanied by Dearbhla Collins

Christopher Moriarty recently graduated from The Royal Irish Academy of Music. In May 2015 he gave his debut performance in Carnegie Hall with the New York Sinfonietta. In 2016 two of Christopher’s own works were selected for premiere performance in both London and New York, and in the same year he was awarded 1st Place in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition.

Christopher Moriarty Draíocht
Robert Schumann       Fantasiestücke


David Howes
Accompanied by Dearbhla Collins

David Howes is from Limerick and began his studies there with Olive Cowpar, moving on to the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. He is currently on the distinguished Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera for the 2016/2017 season. David has won many competitions including, in the Féis Ceoil, the Cuisine de France John McCormack Bursary, the Baritone solo and the Count John McCormack Memorial Cup.


Mozart            Rivolgete a lui lo Squardo – ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’
Brahms            O Tod wie bitter bist du – ‘Vier Ernst Gesange’
Poulenc           Chanson a Boire – ‘Chanson Gaillardes’
Poulenc           Chanson Bachiques – ‘Chanson Gaillardes’
Tchaikovsky     Nyet tolka tot kto znal (None but the lonely heart)
Dunhill             Cloths of Heaven

Jordan Bagot
Solo Piano
CIT Cork School of Music

Jordan Bagot completed his studies as the highest placed final year student of the Bachelor of Music programme in the CIT Cork School of Music. He was awarded the Brennan Prize for the most promising musician in the 2015 Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year competition and is a recipient of the 2017 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Award.

Shostakovich               Prelude and Fugue in E flat
Liszt                             Petrarch Sonnet 123
Messiaen                     Preludes no 1 and 7
Gershwin/Wild            Embraceable You


Roisín Walsh
Accompanied by Dearbhla Collins

Roisin Walsh began her vocal training with Olive Cowpar in Limerick. She continued at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and completed her training at the National Opera London. She recently won the Bernadette Greevy Bursary and is looking forward to performing Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Limerick Choral Union at University Concert Hall in April, as well as engagements with Scottish Opera in 2018.

Léhar               Vilia -The Merry Widow
Schubert          Gretchen am Spinnrade
Schubert          Ich schleiche bang und still – Die Verschwörenen
Schubert          Die Junge Nonne
Gounod            Jewel Song from Faust


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