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Galway Cathedral Recitals

Róisín O'Grady (soprano); Malcolm Proud (organ & harpsichord)

Róisín O'Grady, soprano
Malcolm Proud, organ & harpsichord
Admission €12.00; concessions €8.00
Biographies

Soprano Róisín O’Grady studied at University College Cork where she took her B.A. (Hons, Music and Italian) in 2000 and B.Mus (Hons)in 2001. In 2004, she completed the one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Concert Singing at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, under the vocal guidance of soprano Margaret Marshall OBE. She received a First Class Hons. MA in performance at the Cork School of Music in 2008. She was selected to perform in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Music Competition in Leipzig, July 2008. She was a member of and a soloist with The National Chamber Choir of Ireland for over two years. Róisín has performed with choral societies and orchestras throughout Ireland and Scotland including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. She is a member of the early music duo Tonos which performed in the John Field Room, the National Gallery of Ireland, Royal Society of the Arts, London, and Queen's University, and was broadcast in concert by Lyric FM. She performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 2008.

Malcolm Proud won the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982. He participated in John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000 and toured Japan in a production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with tenor Mark Padmore in 2001. A recital with violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch at the Frick Collection in New York followed in 2002. In 2005 he played in Bach’s St. Mark Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music in Lucerne and in 2007 he partnered violinist Maya Homburger in Bach sonatas at the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa. In 2009 he gave organ recitals on the 1610 Compenius organ in Denmark and in Charlottesville and Boston. His CDs include Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the six sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Maya Homburger and Clavierübung III recorded on the Metzler organ in Stein am Rhein (Switzerland). He is the harpsichordist in Brandenburg V in Gardiner’s highly acclaimed recording of the six Brandenburg concertos. In 2010 he will record Bach’s Musical Offering in Belgium with Camerata Kilkenny and perform Brandenburg 5 with the English Baroque Soloists at the London Proms. He is a lecturer on the BA Degree Course in Music at the Waterford Institute of Technology and organist at St. Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny.

Programme

John Dowland (1562-1626)

Come again

Come heavy sleep

Can she excuse my wrongs

Melchior Schildt (1592-1667)

Paduana Lachrymae

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

O quam pulchra es (from Song of Songs)

Ohimé ch’io cadó (solo madrigal)

Laudate Dominum (extracts taken from Psalm 150)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Willst du dein Herz mir schenken, from Aria di Giovannini BWV 518

Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 (both songs from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach)

Pheobüs eilt  from cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten BWV 202

Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703)

Ave maris stella

Verse 1: Plein jeu

Verse 2: Plainchant

Verse 3: Fugue

Verse 4: Plainchant

Verse 5: Duo

Verse 6: Plainchant

Verse 7: Dialogue sur les grands jeux

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Oh! Fair Cedaria

From Silent Shades, Bess of Bedlam

An Evening Hymn

The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation