Northern Lights Mini-Fest 2013
Ben McAteer – baritone
Catherine Norton – piano
Sunday 6 October 2013, 3.00 pm
Harty Room QUB
Ben McAteer won Northern Ireland Opera’s inaugural Festival of Voice competition and featured later the same year in concert with the Ulster Orchestra and Dame Kiri te Kanawa. He was runner-up at the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is currently a Samling Scholar, having completed his studies on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s opera course.
A programme of lieder and English song included works by Schubert, Schumann, Quilter, Vaughan Williams and Finzi.
Sabrina Hu – flute
Cathal Breslin – piano
Sunday 20 October, 2.30 pm
Harty Room, QUB
Chinese-American flautist Sabrina Hu and Derry-born pianist Cathal Breslin have been performing together internationally since 2001, appearing at prestigious concert halls and on radio and TV throughout the world. Now based in Memphis, Tennessee, they founded the Walled City Music Festival in Derry in 2008 and remain its Artistic Directors.
A seductive programme of music from France and Brazil – highlights include Ravel’s ‘Ondine’, Debussy’s ‘Syrinx’, and Piazzolla’s ‘Histoire du Tango’.
This concert was presented in partnership with Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
Benyounes String Quartet I
Monday 11 November, 8.00 pm
1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast
The Benyounes Quartet is rapidly emerging as one of the most dynamic and engaging young British string quartets. In 2012 the quartet won second prize at the 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest, where no first or third prize was awarded. In addition, they received four special prizes including Best Interpretation of a Bartok Quartet. The quartet recently gave their Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall debuts as Park Lane Group Young Artists.
Programme included works by Britten and Bridge.
This concert was presented as part of Belfast Music Week.
Benyounes String Quartet II
Wednesday 13 November, 7.30 pm
Direct Wine Shipments, Belfast
We were delighted that the Benyounes Quartet stayed to give a second concert for BMS. This short performance acted as a ‘taster’ and ticket booking opportunity for the 2014 International Festival of Chamber Music. Those attending also enjoyed delicious complimentary refreshments courtesy of Direct Wine Shipments and Radisson Blu Hotel.
The 2013 Northern Lights Mini-Fest was supported by: