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Online Concert: Fiachra Garvey

10 December 2020
19:00 - 20:00

Fiachra Garvey – piano

Will be screened online – https://youtu.be/SgNEwsyNaiQ

Beethoven Sonata in A, Op. 101, No.28
Chopin Polonaise in F#minor, Op. 44 “Tragic”
Chopin Polonaise in Ab Major, Op. 53 “Heroic”
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version by Gershwin)

Fiachra is performing on the grand piano by Steinway, New York, c. 1864
(Adopted for 2020 by The Meakin Family)
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The piano played by Fiachra Garvey in this recital is the very early Steinway concert grand piano. In 1853, Steinway had opened their first factory in New York. By 1859 they patented a model of grand piano that combined a cast iron frame such as had been employed by Chickering of Chicago, with the innovation of ‘overstringing’, in which, for the first time in a grand, the bass strings cross over the tenor region. This makes it possible for the tenor strings to be closer to their optimum lengths while the bass strings have a more favourable position on the soundboard, resulting in a powerfully enhanced sonority. The new overstrung Steinway model won a first rank medal at the London Exhibition of 1862.

Fiachra Garvey grew up on a farm in the Wicklow Mountains. He was 1st prize-winner of the 2012 Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition and former NCH Rising Star. He graduated from the Royal College of Music, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and received prizes at many international competitions including Dublin AXA, EU Prague and at Collioure, France.

Concerto appearances include the Janáček Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, UCD Symphony Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra and the Hibernian Orchestra. Fiachra has worked with eminent conductors John Wilson, Theodore Kuchar, Stephen Bell, Mihhail Gerts and Duncan Ward. He has also recorded and broadcast for BBC and RTÉ television and radio and released two solo albums.

Fiachra has appeared at Wigmore Hall, Fazioli Hall, National Concert Hall, Dublin, St Magnus Festival, Orkney, West Cork Festival, Brighton Festival as well as Spoleto Festival, GOOGLE, Geneva Festival, Wexford Opera, Philia Hall, Japan and Zhejiang Concert Hall, China.

He is Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Festival and in 2019 was appointed Artistic Director of Classical Vauxhall and a board member of the Dublin International Piano Competition.

Based between London and the farm in Ireland, Fiachra returns home to help with the yearly lambing, dipping, shearing, harvesting and all the other elegant and refined activities on the farm! Fiachra feels this makes him a more inspired and fulfilled musician.

“As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people.” P.G. Wodehouse


10 December 2020
19:00 - 20:00
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Online booking is available but if you prefer to book tickets by post please download our booking form, complete and send with SAE and a cheque

Lunchtime recitals

Last approximately one hour.

Evening concerts

Last approximately two hours with one interval
during which juice and wine are served.


Wheelchair access available. Please advise in advance.
Please note that tickets cannot be exchanged nor money refunded.
Tickets to recitals and concerts do not include free admittance to the house.
We reserve the right to refuse admission and change the programme and/or instrument without notice.
It may not always be possible to admit latecomers to the Music Room.

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