Date: Sunday 20th September
Location: St. Finn Barres Cathedral
Artist: James McVinnie with special guests Nadia Sirota, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Liam Byrne
Tickets: Single ticket €15* available here
*Included in festival ticket €175
James McVinnie held organ playing posts at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and now divides his time between playing as a soloist and collaborating with some of the world’s leading contemporary composers and performers, including Oneohtrix Point Never, Sufjan Stevens, Nadia Sirota, Liam Byrne, Sam Amidon, and Valgeir Sigurðsson.
Programme will include works by Philip Glass, Richard Reed Parry, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, David Lang and Edmund Finnis.
Date: Sunday 20 September
Location: Triskel Christchurch
Artist: Eat My Noise, Sean Mac Erlaine, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Liam Bryne, Tomas Gall, James Fortune, Alex Petcu and Cork Concert Orchestra
Eat My Noise, in association with the Cork Opera House & the Cork Concert Orchestra, will be joined by Sean Mac Erlaine, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Liam Byrne, Alex Petcu, Tomas Gall, Donal Dineen (visuals), James Fortune & choir for this electro-orchestral odyssey; not to be missed.
Liam Byrne divides his time between making very old and very new music on the viol. He has been praised in The Times for his “nuanced and expressive, stylish virtuosity” and by The Guardian for his “glittering performance”. With the firm belief that baroque music can be vibrant and expressive on its own terms, Liam’s solo work regularly explores lesser known corners of 16th and 17th century repertoire. This same interpretative curiosity has led him to work increasingly with living composers, and he has had new solo works written for him by Edmund Finnis, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson and others.
As a chamber musician, Liam has performed and recorded with many leading Early Music ensembles. For several years he was a member of the renowned viol consort Fretwork, with whom he toured internationally and played an active role in commissioning new works. Other chamber music activities include performances and recordings with the Dunedin Consort, The Sixteen, Le Concert d’Astrée, i Fagiolini, Concerto Caledonia, and the viol consorts Phantasm and Concordia, among many others.
Beyond the realm of classical music, Liam has worked with a wide variety of artists including Damon Albarn, Nils Frahm, Matthew Herbert, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Mugison. He has played a significant musical role in the creation of several works of operatic proportions: Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee (2011), Shara Worden’s You Us We All (2013), and Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Wide Slumber (2014).
In the summer of 2015, Liam will undertake a 6-month Artist Residency at the Victoria & Albert museum in London, being the first musician ever to hold this post. His work will focus on the role and presence of the listener in the performance of baroque music, commissioning new works for old instruments, and experimental instrument construction.
Liam took his BMus and Performer’s Diploma in viola da gamba with Wendy Gillespie at Indiana University and holds an MPhil in Musicology and Performance from Magdalen College Oxford, where he studied viol with Laurence Dreyfus and counterpoint and early notation with Margaret Bent. Liam is professor of viola da gamba at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.