County Cork – 30/07/11

July 30, 2011 | Posted in Concerts | By


Cellists – Take note!

May 4, 2011 | Posted in Review | By

This new collection of Irish melodies, arranged for cello by Ilse de Ziah, is a joy. Here we have ten airs, some well-known, others waiting to be discovered, but all singing gloriously in their new raiment. There is something here for everyone. Amhrán na Leabhar (The Song of the Books) maintains the simplicity and beauty of the original Kerry song, whereas one or two others use an exciting variational technique which will appeal to more advanced cellists. On the accompanying CD, the rich harmonics of Buachaill ó'n Éirne in Ilse's playing seem to make every word of this wordless performance speak a special music to us. Tomás Ó Canainn


Cork – 02/04/11

April 2, 2011 | Posted in Concerts | By


cello technique

March 22, 2011 | Posted in Uncategorized | By


Ozmosis Concert

March 5, 2011 | Posted in Concerts, Video | By

OZmoSiS is a new ensemble that I formed with two other expat Australians living in Ireland.
We performed at the Cork School of Music and during the concert I played the premiere of an original work Blow by Blow

An Australian blow fly trapped in the window, the buzz, the irritation, the reminder of what is beyond the window
a reminder of what it is to be free, feelings of being being trapped, so near yet so far.
Working towards your goals blow by blow, a journey where there are all the elements of being a blowfly trapped, released
coming up against the invisible wall time and time again but still persevering,
still heading towards the light, the promise of freedom.


Dido and Aeneas

February 4, 2011 | Posted in Concerts | By

Having a great time preparing for this. Don’t miss!

Cork Opera House presents
Cara O’Sullivan Majella Cullagh Mary Hegarty in Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell

Directed by John O’Brien

Arranged by and featuring Marja Gaynor (strings)
with Carolyn Goodwin (winds), Ilse De Ziah (strings) & Piia Pakarinen (accordian)

And with Brendan Collins as Aeneas

Choreography by Inma Moya Pavon
Costume Design by Lisa Zagone
Set Design by John O’Brien
Lighting Design by Michael Hurley

For the very first time Cork’s International Stars Cara O’Sullivan, Majella Cullagh and Mary Hegarty will perform on the operatic stage together in Henry Purcell’s exquisite masterpiece Dido and Aeneas.

The 1689 Baroque work is given a stunning new arrangement involving elements of jazz, gypsy and tango and is set in a fantastical gothic world.

This one-hour opera, based on the Roman poet Virgil’s tragic story of Queen Dido and her Trojan lover, Aeneas, was one of the first operas written and performed in English.

In this new production, each of the four singers also plays their principal character’s subconscious other self – a concept which heightens the emotional and sexual tension created by the passion of hidden desires.

The new orchestration will be created by Baroque and contemporary music specialist and violinist, Marja Gaynor for a quartet of multi-instrumentalist musicians.

Dido and Aeneas offers a top-quality, not to be missed artistic experience for adults and an engaging introduction to opera for teenage audiences.

Performance Schedule
Tues 8 Feb – 8pm
Wed 9 Feb – 8pm
Thurs 10 Feb – 1.30pm & 9pm

Tickets: €20
Concession Tickets Available: €15
School Group Tickets: €12
Limited Early Bird €15 Tickets Available


Cork, Co. Cork – 09/12/10

December 9, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | By


Song of the books

December 4, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Had a small live concert at the office…


Recording with Jan Allain

December 4, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

I’m playing on Jan Allain’s new album next week, after many years finally recording again with her! I’ve been arranging string parts and Cat O’Hora will be joining me in the studio to put down violin and viola parts. So far what I’ve heard sounds great!

pink-cd an early CD cover.

And another winner…always undressed!

CD cover

CD cover

at Liverpool st station…
head cut off


Cork – 03/11/10

November 3, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | By