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Triskel Christchurch celebrates its 10th anniversary from behind closed doors with a concert from baroque violinist Marja Gaynor, virtuoso flamenco guitarist John Walsh and uilleann pipe master David Power who perform a carefully chosen selection of beautiful music pieces on Saturday 10 April at 8pm. The concert will feature much-loved pieces such ‘An tSean Bhean Bocht’, ‘O’Carolan’s Welcome’ and ‘Rondeau’ by Henry Purcell.
“There has been a church on this site for at least 1,000 years and in its lifetime, Christchurch has been no stranger to flus, pandemics and even plagues,” commented Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director at Triskel. “Christchurch has witnessed many things, including ten wonderful years of music and cinema.”
He thanked funders the Arts Council, Cork City Council and Europa Cinemas for their support and expressed his gratitude to the patrons who have supported Triskel throughout the last 40 years and the last year in particular.
“We chose the title ‘An Samradh ag Teacht’ for this concert to reflect the hope we feel. Because summer is coming. And in the meantime, there’s music.”
The concert will go live at 8pm on Triskel’s Digital Stage on Saturday 10 April and will be available for ticketholders to watch until 8pm on Monday 12 April.
Yseult Cooper Stockdale is a freelance cellist originally from Cork who moved back home in 2020. She also joins us for multiple concerts in April – with Musici Ireland for our Mozart Festival and with the Spero Quartet, in association with the National String Quartet Foundation. We love that her Karaoke pick is anything by Britney!
Who is your hero? It’s soppy, but it would have to be my mother. She was one of those one in a million people who was endlessly kind and generous, as well as being one of the most intelligent and insightful people I’ve known. She’s also who I have to thank for my career as classical musician: my first full-size cello was her old instrument, and she always pushed me to do my best.
If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? Drawing a blank here, but bringing classical music to unusual venues is something that’s always interested me. I’ve long had a dream of hosting unconventional concerts in my own home, so maybe a crowded and successful concert from my living room would be the dream?
What is your favourite thing about your career? The variety of the work that I do – too much of the same thing bores me, so I love that I get to do everything from large-scale symphonies and amazing chamber works to collaborating with bands and singer-songwriters, or even participating in performance art with my contemporary music ensemble. It also means I get to meet lots of different people, which keeps my spirits up!
What motivates you to work hard? If I feel like my creative input is valued, I’m very motivated to do my best, and working with players I admire really pushes me to improve. I never want to let anyone down!
What makes you laugh the most? My friends. I sometimes feel like I’m lucky enough to be pals with the funniest people on the planet!
What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Anything by Britney. Is now a good time to plug the Free Britney movement?
Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? Have the perfect job. The “why” is partly because, of course, I’m answering this from the extremely privileged position of never being on the breadline, but also because I can honestly say that not much about my lifestyle would change if I were to win the lotto tomorrow – making music with people is genuinely my favourite thing to do, and money can’t buy the experience of getting to work with a musician you really click with. That’s not to say people haven’t tried though!
List two pet peeves The elitism and classism of classical music at the moment – I really think it’s is something that can and should be enjoyed by everyone, but there is a perception, that’s being perpetuated for lots of reasons, that it is a culturally “intellectual” and “elite” thing. I wish I knew how to change that. Another pet peeve is when a cafe doesn’t have oat milk and I’ve to get an americano instead. Tough life!
What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My cello, a friend, and a copy of the Bach suites.
If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? I would never claim to have a clue as to what laws would actually be helpful to society, but I think maybe banning plastic and non-sustainable energy sources might be a good start.
Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke began playing violin at the tender age of seven in the National Music School in Koszalin in Poland and joins us for several concerts in April – she performs with Musici Ireland for our Mozart Festival and also with the Banbha Quartet – she certainly keeps busy! We got to know her a bit better.
Who is your hero? I admire many people for many things but most recently I admire all the front-line workers, their resilience and ability to adapt to ever changing circumstances. My mother in law is a retired nurse who works in Covid clinic in the UK. Her drive to help out to the best of her ability as well as that resilience makes her a hero in my eyes.
If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? I have had an opportunity to perform in many fantastic concert halls across the globe. It is always an exciting venture to perform in beautiful hall, with perfect acoustics, a rich history and filled with an enthusiastic audience and I feel incredibly lucky to have had those opportunities. Currently I don’t dream of performing in concert halls- I dream of playing with people and for people, in front of live audiences and I hope that soon we will be able to experience those shared moments again.
What is your favorite thing about your career? It has to be people! As a violinist I get to play with so many other musicians in so many different settings. I love the camaraderie and exchange of ideas that happens every time you come together in a group. I love meeting new people, getting inspired and becoming better musician as a result.
What motivates you to work hard? A challenge!
What makes you laugh the most? My 5 years old daughter. She has a great sense of humor and makes me laugh daily!
What would you sing at Karaoke night? I love Motown. If only I had the voice I would sing any song by Minnie Riperton, Ella Fitzgerald or Stevie Wonder. In fact, my daughter believes that “Isn’t she lovely” by Stevie Wonder was written for her …
Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? Of course I would love to win the lottery and I enjoy fantasizing about how I would divide it between family and friends so that everyone is comfortable. I can’t imagine giving up on being musician though…I grew up in a musical family and have been playing since I was little. This is who I am I would not want to change that.
List two pet peeves Cold tea and snails munching on my lettuce.
What three things would you take with you to a desert island? I would take my daughter, husband and mobile phone. Since the pandemic begun I haven’t been able to meet with my family in person and the technology has been the only way we have been able to be there for each other and mark important family occasions despite being thousands of kilometers apart.
If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? This is such a tricky question for me. I feel there are so many laws that are important to form an equal, fair and just society.
I would not know where to start…
Lynda O’Connor is one of the greatest Irish violinists of her generation. Showing particularly early promise, she made her debut solo performance at the age of four in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, which began her international career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. We got to know Lynda a bit better ahead of her performances for our Mozart Festival.
Who is your hero? My Mum is definitely my hero. She was an incredibly strong woman who fought for what she believed in, protected and cared for the people she loved and never took life for granted. I try everyday to live my life as she would.
If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? Although I have already performed there many times, I would love to perform in Carnegie Hall again. I just adore this hall and the history of incredible artists it is steeped in.
What is your favourite thing about your career? I adore the flexibility my career offers me. I love that I get to work with different people every day and that each week brings a performance in a different venue. I love my career so much it never feels like work.
What motivates you to work hard? I feel so lucky to do what I love and I strive for perfection in my playing. Every note matters as much as the next and I always try to give special meaning to every single one.
What makes you laugh the most? Watching vidoes of funny skits, like Igudsmen and Joo. It makes me lol all the time.
What would you sing at a Karaoke night? ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ Aretha Franklin! or ‘It’s Raining Men’! Love a good belter!
Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I feel like I win the Lotto everyday as I get to do my perfect job. However, if I did win the lotto I would enjoy creating well paid work for my colleagues.
List two pet peeves I hate when cars drive too close to me on the road and I hate being late.
What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My violin, a never-ending supply of chocolate and my favourite person in the world, my sister Karen.
If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? Basic pay for everyone. I would love to see people not have to work so hard all the time, especially self employed. Life is short and we need to remember to enjoy ourselves as well as working really hard. Balance is key!
Lynda will perform as part of Musici Ireland for the Mozart Festival at Triskel Fri 2 and Sat 3 April. Get your tickets now!
We’re continuing to get to know the musicians who will perform during our upcoming Mozart Festival. Today it’s the turn of Beth McNinch, violist, teacher, Artistic Director of Musici Ireland.
Who is your hero? I’m not sure I have a “hero” as such but someone I admire greatly would be Nicola Benedetti. I think it is incredibly inspiring, the immense work she is doing to encourage young people into music. She has made real change in the UK in terms of music education and she also supports instrumental teachers in a real, hands on way. And on top of all that she is as warm and open as she seems and an absolutely outstanding musician!
If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? At the moment…Anywhere! In a dream world, I would love to take Musici Ireland on a World Tour. I love the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall etc. But genuinely, I also love playing small remote venues. I get such a thrill from playing to an audience who would normally have to travel a great distance to see world class musicians. Music should be accessible to everyone.
What is your favourite thing about your career? Definitely the variety! I love that I can be planning concerts, writing Grant Applications (don’t love that bit quite as much!) and then the next day be performing an opera or wonderful chamber music. My favourite thing about having set up Musici Ireland is I get to work with the musicians I admire the most, it is such a treat to play chamber music with friends.
What motivates you to work hard? The need to succeed! I want my boys to grow up to respect how hard I work to achieve my dreams and to see that you can create your own dream job.
What makes you laugh the most? My boys! I have a 9 year old and 2 Year old and the youngest is at that hilarious stage mimicking everything, it’s very sweet!
What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Oh blimey, I think I’ve only ever done Karaoke once! I’d probably do something really cheesy like Katy Perry Fireworks or Roar..feels good to belt them out in the car sometimes!
Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? Win the lotto because then I could perfect my job! Just think of the possibilities! Endless funding for chamber music projects, recordings etc, it’s the dream!
List two pet peeves Drivers who slow down almost to a halt before they indicate…..and lying politicians!
What three things would you take with you to a desert island? I presume no family? Then probably seeds to grow veg/fruit, solar panel and a tablet with access to the internet! I don’t think I’m particularly good at switching off!
If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? That every government department would have to be equally split in terms of race/gender
Flautist Kieran Moynihan will be behind an extra screen when he performs during our Mozart Festival – another example of the impact Covid-19 has had on live music events! We loved getting to know him a bit better.
Who is your hero? On a personal level, my mother, Eilín. (I’m a good, Irish man!) She is, in her own words, a strong Kerry woman. On a non-personal level, the inventors of Brillo Pads because there is no dish that they cannot clean.
If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? I’ve performed in so many venues but one that I’d love to play in is the stunning Palau de la Música in Barcelona. A beautiful venue in a beautiful city.
What is your favourite thing about your career? Being lucky enough to play music that I like (most of the time) with people that I like (again, most of the time…).
What motivates you to work hard? The people that I play with, the audience and sometimes sheer panic.
What makes you laugh the most? People who can tell a good self-deprecating story.
What would you sing at a Karaoke night? Not really my thing but if pushed, ‘Here You Come Again’ by Dolly Parton.
Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I’d rather win the Lotto because then I could put it towards a perfect job!
List two pet peeves Consistently late people and littering.
What three things would you take with you to a desert island? My partner, Seán. The last year has basically been a rehearsal for isolated island living so I feel the change wouldn’t be too great. Sun block. Despite Snow White’s reputation I am the fairest one of all and could burn under a 40 watt bulb. A sun-powered mobile phone so I could watch episodes of The Golden Girls and ring for help when I wanted to leave.
If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? More live music, of course.
Kieran will perform Concerto for Flute and Harp K.299 in C major together with Geraldine O’Doherty on harp and Musici Ireland on Saturday 3 April. Get your tickets here.
Triskel and the National String Quartet Foundation partner once again on a series of beautiful concerts. This series will feature two quartets that were founded in 2020 and the long-established ConTempo Quartet.
As we all wait to return to live music performance, the National String Quartet Foundation’s spring 2021 programme presents online performances by three fine string quartets, playing three fascinating programmes full of great music and great contrasts.
Irish composers are represented by Ina Boyle, Amanda Feery and Garth Knox and they sit alongside quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Barber’s Adagio and Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte complete the line-up. Galway’s celebrated ConTempo Quartet is joined in this series by two exciting new Irish quartets founded in 2020, the Banbha Quartet and the Spero Quartet.
Tickets will be €10 per concert and will be on sale at 10am on Wednesday 24 February 2021.
One of the best parts of our job is getting to know the amazing musicians who perform at Triskel. Fionnuala Moynihan has performed with us many times and is always charming, interesting and creative. As well as being a wonderfully talented pianist!
Who is your hero? My husband and my family, they are and always will be my heroes because of who they are, their goodness, their kindness and their strength. I admire people who are good, true, courageous and inspirational. I admire those who turn away from being ‘the same as everyone else’ and who follow their dreams. I admire those who do not cause people harm and who respect the hopes and dreams of others. On a purely musical note I admire the great women pianists of the past such as Annie Fischer and Clara Schumann.
If you could perform anywhere, where would it be? I was meant to be performing in the Cairo Opera House in Egypt and in both Moscow and Socchi in Russia last year until they were both postponed due to COVID-19 so I really hope I get to perform in those stunning countries and venues when it is safe to do so. I am looking forward so much to performing to wonderful audiences and to performing some amazing music! To be truly honest I love performing internationally and I am always incredibly excited when I am invited to do so. Where to next…… U.S.A would be lovely and I wouldn’t say no to New Zealand either as I have always wanted to go there!
What is your favourite thing about your career? I love practicing! I love learning and exploring new music. I adore waking up each day knowing I have some concert or performance to prepare for. I have been performing since a very young age. That moment when I step out onto the stage is so special. In that moment you can bring a piece of music to life, you can create a world of dreams, you can communicate in a special way with your audience. I love my career…. it is simply who I am.
What motivates you to work hard? I appreciate all the wonderful opportunities I have had and do have in my life, the wonderful gift of music and music lessons my parents gave to me, the beautiful places I get to perform in, the wonderful colleagues I get to work with, the beautiful life I have with my husband and the wonderful musical family that I am a part of. What motivates me? I want to make them proud, I want to be the best that I can be and I want to never let this amazing world of music be forgotten.
What makes you laugh the most? Gifs !!!! Especially ones with smiling dogs, muppets or sheep!
What would you sing at a Karaoke night? In truth you probably would have a difficult time to get me to stop singing. I love singing and if I were not a pianist that would have been my next choice! I love songs by David Gray, the Eagles, songs with a good tune!
Would you rather win the Lotto or work at the perfect job? Why? I work in the perfect job! But I do not believe anyone who says they would not like to win the lotto. I think my husband would like me to win the lotto too!!! If I won euro millions I would buy a beautiful piano for some of the most wonderful music venues in the country that currently do not have one. If I won the lotto we would visit every country in the world and have a beautiful home in the Mediterranean.
List two pet peeves Hmm… I don’t like when people are not punctual, when they are loud, messy or badly behaved! And I really dislike when music is too loud in cafes or bars making it difficult to have a nice chat!
What three things would you take with you to a desert island? I would take my favourite people and leave all the technology behind!
If you ruled your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? I am not sure where to start. The world is very unfair and I think a great many changes have to occur in society to make it in any way fair, safe and wholesome.
Fionnuala has curated our upcoming Mozart Festival and will perform some beautiful pieces 2 and 3 April – get your tickets here!
We’re delighted to announce that we will be joined by an amazing group of musicians this Easter Weekend for a celebration of Mozart.
Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan, Geraldine O’Doherty and Kieran Moynihan with musicians from Musici Ireland, Beth McNinch, Lynda O’Connor, Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke and Yseult Cooper Stockdale, will perform some of Mozart’s most loved and treasured compositions online from Triskel.
The first concert will go live at 8pm on Triskel’s Digital Stage on Friday 2 April, the second at 8pm on Saturday 3 April. Both concerts will be available for ticketholders to watch until 8pm on Monday 5 April. Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday 10 February at 10am.
For more on the programme and on the musicians involved, click here.
Triskel are delighted to announce that Brook Foods won the tender to run our popular and vibrant Café Bar (previously Scrypt Café Bar). The facility encompasses the café and external courtyard and is intended to provide catering services to patrons, artists and tenants as well as servicing cinema, concerts and meetings.
“Brook Foods are a Cork-based national Food Service and Catering Group.” said Frankie Whelehan, Chair of Triskel’s Board. “The Organisation founded and led by Kieran Callinan will prove an excellent Operator for our Cafe and Food Service Outlet at Triskel Arts Centre – we are delighted to work in partnership with Brook Foods in the years ahead.”
Kieran Callinan, Managing Director with Brook Foods, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the iconic café at Triskel Christchurch. It is very exciting to be part of this amazing centre right in the heart of Cork City. We look forward to working with the team to create a warm, friendly café, providing a great food offering that will support local and become a much loved meeting place for all our customers.”
Triskel and Brook Foods are eager to welcome customers to the café soon and are working together to plan for the reopening once it is safe to do so. Expect more exciting announcements in the near future.
During the first lockdown, when Triskel Arts Centre was unable to screen movies as a collective experience and people were staying at home in self-isolation, we decided to highlight quality films which we thought our patrons would enjoy. Each week we mixed movies to rent and movies which were free to view, international and national cinema, and links to streaming sites and content that we curated ourselves.
And we’re doing it again! We know the Christmas break isn’t a lockdown but people are still cosying up at home and we wanted to suggest a few short films for you to rent and enjoy. Some were screened at Triskel Cinema, one appeared as part of an exhibition in 2016 and one is a world premiere.
The Printer: This documentary looks at Field Printers in Youghal, Co. Cork, a unique printing house and shop dating back to 1850, now run by Bill Field, the last in the family line.
121: The world premiere of a new film by Cork-based experimental filmmakers Aisling O Connell and Maximilian Le Cain.
Everything Alive Is In Movement:This is a film about movement. It is a film about pain. It is a film about joy. It is a film about survival. Most of all, it is a film about being alive.
Q4L [quest for love]: Q4L [quest for love] sees Eve (Kerry Condon) and her young son Max move to Paris: but does Eve want motherhood or freedom?
Inner Child: A woman’s inner child knows why she hurts herself and others around her. Is she ready to listen?
These are available to rent for just €2.50 each between Monday 21 December and Sunday 3 January. The rental period is 72 hours. Click here for more information.
Triskel is closed for the Christmas holidays until 7 January, however, we have some exciting short films available on demand over on our cinema page – check them out! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
In the meantime, please enjoy this classic Christmas song, a favourite of our Marketing Manager, Gillian.
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