Waterford Music Presents Musici Ireland Jane Hackett, violin Beth McNinch, viola

Sun 26th Feb - Sun 26th Feb
Garter Lane Theatre
€17 general admission/ €15 concession & €5 student (ID required)
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Composer Libby Croad will be attending the world premiere performance of her Suffragette sonata for solo viola.

Programme for 26th February 2023. Seating is unallocated.

Handel/Halverson Passacaglia
Sibelius Duo in C Major
Saariaho Nocturne for Solo Violin
Bartok 7 duos
Ponce Sonata a Duo:
-Allegro, piuttosto moderato
-In tempo di Sarabanda


Libby Croad “Suffragette Sonata” for solo viola WORLD PREMIERE
-Deeds Not Words
-Derby Day

Martinu Three Madrigals Duo No.1
-Poco allegro – Poco vivo
-Poco andante – Andante moderato
-Allegro – Moderato – Allegro vivo


Musici Ireland

Formed in 2012, Musici Ireland have performed hundreds of concerts across Ireland and have been broadcast across the world.

“Musici Ireland is rooted in creativity and exploration. Led by women, we are a chamber ensemble who value deep audience connection and aim to create evocative wholesome performances in both traditional and explorative concert experiences. We offer education and artistic nourishment for our members and always stay curious about the industry we are in, the world and ways we can add our creative footprint. Our development as an ensemble has seen substantial growth over the past number of years. A significant jump in both numbers and creative output was seen during the World’s Global Pandemic, highlighting our determination, resilience and passion for what we do as an ensemble. We look forward to expanding our listenership abroad and developing lasting international connections.”

Over the last decade they have created lasting relationships with venues and guest artists, performing regularly at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, debuting at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2019, and enjoying a successful partnership with RTE Lyric FM through regular broadcast of our performances. Live concert broadcasts have been aired on BBC Radio 3 and 12 countries worldwide.

In 2022, they celebrated their 10th anniversary, with celebrations which included an ambitious concert series featuring music by women composers. “Still I Rise” at St Anns Church, Dawson St, showcased the versatility of Musici Ireland, with concerts for wind quintet, piano quintet, guitar and voice. With music from the Baroque period to World Premieres, they champion the works of women throughout the ages.

In January 2023, they premiered “A Mother’s Voice” , a fully immersive audience experience dedicated to the many women affected by the Mother and Baby homes  in Ireland in the 1900s. It featured: Linda and Irene Buckley – Composition Eabha Bortolozzo and Jack Kirwan – Animation, Bridget Ni Dhuinn – Production Design and Eoin McNinch – Lighting

Most significantly, the performance featured the recorded testimony of three survivors, bringing the piece to life.

In addition to this, they are also working on many exciting cross genre collaborations, with dancers, theatre and visual artists. In 2022, Musici Ireland welcomed around 20 outstanding young musicians from around Ireland to join them in concert. This project, in partnership with Music For Wexford, gave young musicians a professional concert experience, performing Grieg Holberg Suite and Vaughan Williams’ “Variations on a theme by Thomas Tallis” alongside our world class musicians. Musici Ireland are passionate about encouraging the next generation of musicians to learn more about the profession by gaining hands on experience.

You can find out more about Musici Ireland and listen to their podcast “Musici Chats” at www.musici.ie and on the usual social media platforms.

Musici Ireland are supported by The Arts Council of Ireland

Jane Hackett

Jane Hackett is an awarding winning Irish professional violinist based between Dublin and Vienna. She performs regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish National Opera and with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna. She has appeared as soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra on a number of occasions and at the Carthage International World Music Festival Tunisia, is an RDS Rising Star and is a recipient of numerous Awards including Individual Artist and Creative Ireland Awards, Agility and Lyric FM Bursaries and is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council and Culture Ireland. Jane enjoys a diverse mix of repertoire, spanning from solo, chamber and orchestral, to experimental performance art and contemporary music. She is a long standing violinist of the contemporary music group, Kirkos Ensemble, performing and composing works for ‘New Music Dublin’ and a member of the Contemporary Music Centre’s ‘Artist Network of Colleagues Programme’ hosting discussions and working with Irish composers. Jane is interested in cross art collaborations and has recently been awarded the Arts Council’s Music Project Award to direct and develop a new large scale work- a silent concert experience in collaboration with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf.

Jane is a proud member and recently appointed Collaborative Projects Manager of the chamber ensemble, Musici Ireland with whom she performs chamber works and co curates multi-disciplinary performances around Ireland.

Beth McNinch

Beth McNinch is one of Ireland’s leading musicians, enjoying a busy and varied freelance career as a violist, educator, artistic director and producer.

Beth began her freelance career in London after completing her viola studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, where she performed regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a principal violist, Beth has appeared with Irish National Opera, English National Ballet, London Sinfonietta, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra. She has been principal violist of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra since 2008.

A prolific chamber musician, Beth has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, alongside musicians including Clio Gould and Colin Carr.

As a soloist, Beth has performed the Telemann Viola Concerto many times at St Martin in the Fields, London, as part of the 2019 Ardee Baroque Festival and as a live concert broadcast for RTE Lyric FM in 2021, the broadcast subsequently played in 12 Countries worldwide. In 2015, she was soloist for the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan in the National Opera House of Ireland with Wexford Sinfonia, conducted by Fergus Sheil.

In 2021, Beth became the inaugural recipient of the SEVN artists bursary, allowing her time to research and record works for solo viola by women composers in arts venues across the southeast of Ireland. Following this, she commissioned 4 pieces for solo viola composers Libby Croad, Deborah Pritchard, Ailbhe McDonagh and Deirdre Mackay.



Sun 26th Feb - Sun 26th Feb
Garter Lane Theatre
€17 general admission/ €15 concession & €5 student (ID required)
buy ticket
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