Category Archives: Concerts

Northern U.K Tour Dates

Allendale Village Hall Thursday 28 March, 7.30pm £8, £20 family Bookings:  07854 982721 janet.lennard@gmail.com
Lazonby Village Hall Friday 29 March, 7.30pm £10, £5 children Bookings:  01768 870824 info@lazonbygottalent.co.uk
Burgh by Sands Parish Hall Saturday 30 March, 7.30pm £10, £5 children Bookings:  01228 576065 beverleycastlecooper@gmail.com
Soulby Village Hall Sunday 31 March, 7.30pm £10, £5 children Bookings:  017683 71396  potrobert@btinternet.com

Quiet Music Ensemble – Clonmel, Tipperary – 10/03/19

Who
Quiet Music Ensemble
When
Sunday, March 10, 2019
17:00
-
All Ages
Where
The Main Guard (map)
Sarsfield St, Oldbridge
Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland
Other Info
Cork-based experimental music group, the Quiet Music Ensemble will bring their unique sonic art to Clonmel.
Tickets €6 - €12

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Cork Light Orchestra – Cork – 22/02/19 SOLD OUT

Who
Cork Light Orchestra
When
Friday, February 22, 2019
20:00
-
All Ages
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Where
Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork
Cork, Ireland
Other Info
Tickets €20 from http://fotahouse.com/cork-light-orchestra-2019/
The Cork Light Orchestra, conducted by their musical director Ilse de Ziah, will play a selection of its light instrumental repertoire, which is inspired by the salon, jazz and light orchestras of the 1920s and 30s. Audiences often sing along to well-known hits of more recent years. They may even be seen waltzing to Viennese classics and jiving to pop medleys!

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Spike Cello Festival – Dublin – 10/02/19

Who
Spike Cello Festival
When
Sunday, February 10, 2019
13:15
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All Ages
Where
Charlemont House, Parnell Square N, Rotunda
Dublin, Ireland D01 F2X9
Other Info
Free event
https://www.spikecellofest.com
Cellinstallation in the Hugh Lane Gallery
A Series of Performances by Improvising Cellists
1.15pm - 1.45pm: Ilse De Ziah
1.45pm - 2.15pm: Sarah Moody
2.15pm - 2.45pm: Mary Barnecutt
2.45pm- 3.15pm: Kevin Murphy
3.15pm - 3.45pm: Awen
3.45pm - 4.15pm: Lioba Petrie

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Solo Cello Concert – Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria – 31/03/19

Who
Solo Cello Concert
When
Sunday, March 31, 2019
19:30
-
All Ages
Where
Soulby

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, UK CA17 4PL

Other Info
Tickets £10, £5 children
Bookings:  017683 71396
potrobert@btinternet.com

You can expect to enjoy a concert of Irish and Celtic influenced music played by an accomplished cellist with inspiring depth and vivacity.

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Solo Cello Concert – Carlisle, Cumbria – 30/03/19

Who
Solo Cello Concert
When
Saturday, March 30, 2019
19:30
-
All Ages
Where
Burgh By Sands

Carlisle, Cumbria, UK CA5 6AN

Other Info
£10, £5 children
Bookings:  01228 576065
beverleycastlecooper@gmail.com

You can expect to enjoy a concert of Irish and Celtic influenced music played by an accomplished cellist with inspiring depth and vivacity.

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Solo Cello Concert – Penrith, Cumbria – 29/03/19

Who
Solo Cello Concert
When
Friday, March 29, 2019
19:30
-
All Ages
Where
Lazonby
Penrith, Cumbria, UK CA10 1AQ
Other Info
Tickets £10, £5 children
Bookings:  01768 870824
info@lazonbygottalent.co.uk

You can expect to enjoy a concert of Irish and Celtic influenced music played by an accomplished cellist with inspiring depth and vivacity.

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Solo Cello Concert – Allendale Town, Hexham – 28/03/19

Who
Solo Cello Concert
When
Thursday, March 28, 2019
19:30
-
All Ages
Where
Leadgate

Allendale Town, Hexham, UK NE47 9PR

Other Info
Tickets £8, £20 family
Bookings:  07854 982721
janet.lennard@gmail.com

You can expect to enjoy a concert of Irish and Celtic influenced music played by an accomplished cellist with inspiring depth and vivacity.

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Solo Cello Concert – Cork – 25/01/19

Who
Solo Cello Concert
When
Friday, January 25, 2019
13:10
-
All Ages
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Where
Aula Maxima, UCC (map)
University College Cork,
Western Road, Cork
Cork, Ireland
Other Info
The new FUAIM series continues this Friday with a solo concert of Irish- and Celtic-influenced music performed with inspiring depth and vivacity by accomplished cellist, Ilse de Ziah.

Ireland-based cellist and composer Ilse de Ziah has a deep passion for composing and arranging music for the cello. Using traditional Irish melodies as source material, she creates contemporary arrangements perfectly suited for the cello. With the marriage of classical detail and folkloric tradition, this makes for a transcendent musical experience.

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Standing and playing (in a new opera)

I’ve been involved in a wonderful new opera composed and directed by John O’Brien with libretto by John O’B and Eádaoin O’Donohghue. It is based on the short story by Oscar Wilde ‘The Nightengale and The Rose’ A pretty sad tale, but the opera is full of characters to delight! I’m one of the 9 muses – Melpomone, muse of Tragedy and in my earthly guise a willow tree. (the programme shot below).

I stand as I play most of the time, as I am acting and dancing (sort of shimmying along). I just pull the spike out full, which on this cello is sturdy and long enough, and the spike has a stop so it doesn’t fly out completely. Playing standing without any strap, it’s essential to have a sturdy spike.

It is still difficult when playing in thumb position and high up the finger board (lots in this show) so for these I bend my left knee and press it against the back of the cello to give something steady. I also hook it over my shoulder for moves across the stage, and do various bad postures, but as long as I always come back to a strong straight back throughout, it doesn’t hurt or give me a crick neck! I keep looking at the Bloch cello strap but in the shows I do, I need to swing the cello off me quickly and slickly, and have a mixture of sitting and standing and sideways cello playing. I have used a belt tight around my waist joined with another belt around the cello. This gave some traction so it was sturdier. But again slow to unhook and put aside. When you are constantly on stage in character there can be no clumsy movements. Well that’s my aim. I have tried many versions of straps in fact and am still investigating this for myself! 

I’m also using an Arcus S8 bow, which is great for standing. (it’s in that photo above) I thought it might be too light initially, but it is much easier to handle on the cello than my other bows, and actually I discover whilst standing and playing light is better, as long as it has good grip. It’s a perfect show bow, clean long bowing, accurate. I’m going to do a video review of it actually, cause when I was looking at them after a colleague was raving, I couldn’t find one. If you’re in Cork, Dublin or Limerick you can catch me in The Nightengale and the Rose on these dates:

Only 3 shows left in Cork before the Nightingale takes flight to Dublin and Limerick!
Book today at the Everyman Cork
🌹The Civic, Dublin (23-24 Oct) | https://goo.gl/9B9CqN
🌹The Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick (27 Oct) | https://goo.gl/11rKns

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Precise in every detail of performance, the production glows with a rich inventiveness of colour, surprise and allusion…” Irish Times

★ ★ ★ ★ It is unlike anything else I’ve seen on the opera stage to date. The storytelling is vivid, the spectacle is intriguing and the music is attractive.” Irish Examiner

Have a great day!!!