World leading Clarinetist to perform in Newry

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Friday, February 7th, 2014
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Newry Chamber Music are delighted to announce that Michael Collins, widely regarded as the leading clarinetist of his generation will be performing in The Sacred Heart Grammar School on Thursday 20th February. Michael Collins’ dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship have made him one of today’s most sought-after soloists. At 16 he won the woodwind prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and at 22 made his American début at Carnegie Hall, New York. Since then he has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the Philadelphia, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, City of Birmingham Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra. Since his first performance at the BBC Proms, Collins has returned to the festival more often than any other wind soloist, including several appearances at the renowned Last Night of the Proms. Collins is a recent recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, placing him amongst past recipients of the award who include Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Murray Perahia and Andras Schiff. The award was made in recognition of the pivotal role that Collins has played in expanding the clarinet repertoire, commissioning and premiering repertoire by some of today’s most highly regarded composers. Speaking of the forthcoming concert David Quigley commented, “We are thrilled to be able to introduce such a giant of the Classical Music world to our dedicated local audience in Newry and have no doubt that this concert will be a wonderful and awe inspiring occasion. “We are always hoping to attract new audiences to our concerts and I feel this would be a great introduction to the work of Newry Chamber Music. It epitomizes our main goal of bringing World Class Artists to your doorstep, for a fraction of the cost of having to go to hear them in Dublin or London.” The concert takes place in the Sacred Heart Grammar School at 8pm on February 20th. Tickets priced £10 are available for purchase from or can be ordered by calling 028 30830482.
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