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Cassiopeia Winds

Cassiopeia Winds

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Cassiopeia: a group of five bright stars in the shape of a W, to be found in the northern sky.

Cassiopeia Winds: a group of five exceptional musicians, whose sheer joy in performing together shines through each concert.

 

Biography

Cassiopeia Winds is an Irish chamber wind ensemble formed in 2010, whose performances are marked by vivacity, panache and a dedication to the exploration of fine soundworlds. Though the ensemble has the capacity to expand or contract to suit its innovative programming, at its core is a quintet of players whose members are among the finest in the country, including players from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Crash Ensemble.

 

 

The ensemble aims with each performance to run the full and varied gamut of the wind repertoire from 19th-century to contemporary works, including Danzi, Reicha, Barber, Hindemith, Poulenc, Francaix, Ibert, Nielsen, Ligeti and Arvo Part. Their concerts represent the startling originality and exoticism, and the inimitable palette of tone colours of the wind ensemble. They have a dedication to bringing the lesser-known works of this repertoire into the Irish and international concert halls and festivals.

 

The ensemble also have a great interest in contemporary music and in supporting the work of new Irish composers, and intend to commission new works for wind quintet for performance in Ireland and internationally. They will give the first performance of a new work by Sean O’Callaghan at a concert in Wicklow in July 2014.

 

Cassiopeia Winds have performed across the country as well as completing a tour of Dublin churches. They have a passion for collaborating with other artists, such as renowned pianist Finghin Collins with whom they performed the Poulenc Sextet in 2011, followed by concerts at the Music for Wexford Concert Series in 2012 and at Waterford Music in 2013. Recent concerts in 2014 include a performance at the launch of the Galway Midwinter Festival, and a day-long residency at the RTÉ lyric fm stage at the Bloom Festival in Dublin. The ensemble will perform a weekend of concerts as part of the 2014 New Ross Piano Festival in September.

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