Night Music 2017

A series of short concerts involving top Irish and Northern Irish musicians. High quality chamber music presented in an informal setting, along with opportunities to eat, drink and meet the artists. Join us from 8.00 pm for talks and interviews with composers and artists. The 9.00 pm performances will combine familiar masterpieces with new and contemporary works.

This is a BYO event, so feel free to bring a bottle. Light refreshments will also be available.

RTÉ ConTempo Quartet

Tickets: £12.00 per adult
Under 25s £6.00
3 concerts £25.00
Pre concert talks begin at 8.15 pm

Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances
Béla Bartók  String Quartet no. 4
David Fennessy bow your head

The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet is currently Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster’s quartet-in-residence and is also the resident quartet on the west coast of Ireland in the Galway Music Residency.

Praised as a “fabulous foursome” (Irish Independent) and noted for performances that are “exceptional” (The Strad) and “full of imaginative daring” (IrishTimes), the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet has forged a unique place in Irish musical life. Since its formation in 1995, the quartet has performed more than 2,000 concerts worldwide in 46 countries, to global personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Michael D. Higgins, and to Hollywood stars and Nobel Prize-winners.

Alex Petcu vibraphone/marimba
Ioana Petcu-Colan violin

Pre concert talks begin at 8.00 pm

Tom Lane  Oh Mistress Mine Chorale
Keiko Abe  Dream of the Cherry Blossoms
Franco Donatoni  Omar II
Paul Lansky  Hop
John Cage  Dream
Alan Barclay new work (Night Music commission)
Sam Perkin  Prelude and Fugue
Komitas  Yerkinkn Ampel A

An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex Petcu is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre.

As one of the few Irish percussionists to focus on solo and chamber music, Alex has championed and developed the existing repertoire by giving numerous recitals and working closely with composers. He recently won first prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and reached the semi-finals at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, one of the most prestigious international percussion competitions.

For this concert Alex will be joined by his sister, and one of Ireland’s finest musicians, Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin).


Ioana is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician with a widely varied performance schedule programming music from the baroque era to the present day. Although Ioana prefers not to specialise in any one field, she particularly enjoys the challenges of new and unusual projects in addition to the existing contemporary repertoire and is dedicated to raising public awareness of living composers and their work.

Performing contemporary music, Ioana has featured at such festivals as the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Crash Ensemble’s ‘Up North’, Sligo New Music, Masters of Tradition, Clandeboye, and Cheltenham Festivals and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM and RTÉ national television. She has premiered works in Canada, Spain, the UK and Ireland and has worked closely with composers such as Arvo Pärt, Peteris Vasks, Edgar Meyer, Ian Wilson and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh on interpretations of their work.

Ioana plays on an Italian violin, built by Gofreddo Cappa in 1695.


hard-rain_250x142You can see footage of the first Night Music series (2014) here.


Experience The Contemporary Music Centre’s Resonating Now: New Music Voices programme from 8.15pm each night, talks, panel discussions and interviews involving composers and performers