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Cork Orchestral Society to host second monthly concert


Violinist: Brendan Garde

Violinist: Brendan Garde

Violinist: Brendan Garde


The Cork Orchestral Society (COS) will again be bringing live music into people's living rooms this month with the second of their free online programme of classical music concerts.

Featuring performances by some of Ireland's foremost classical musicians, the concerts will be streamed on the society's website each month up until June.

Following on from the success of their January concert that featured Cork ensemble '13 String's', the second in series will feature an evening in the company of the Cork School of Music 'Emerging Artist of the Year', violinist Brendan Garde, accompanied by pianist Gary Beecher at 6pm on Saturday, February 20.

The duo will perform works by Mozart, Brahms and Chopin from the Curtis Auditorium. The concert will be recorded and broadcast at, with a link to the concert allowing people to watch it as often as they choose over the following month.

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Still only in his late twenties, Brendan Garde has already enjoyed an impressive career that included playing with numerous orchestras, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, performances at Irish and international festivals and winning the Weil Prize during his time studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester.

He expressed his gratitude to the Society for giving him the opportunity to perform and record the works.

"The sonatas by Mozart and Brahms have been favourites of mine for many years and have played a significant role in my musical development. They will be accompanied by a short piece by Chopin which was arranged for violin and piano by the great violinist Nathan Milstein. I look forward to sharing the performance with listeners in Cork and beyond," said Garde.

"As always," he continued, "it has been fantastic to work with Gary in preparing for this performance. Many thanks to Tom and the rest of the team at the COS, as well as those who worked behind the scenes to produce the video."

Founded by Aloys Fleischmann in 1938, the Society has spent more than eight decades continuing his legacy, presenting top-quality classical music from spellbinding chamber music to spectacular orchestras at venues across Cork.

Society chair Tom Crowley the next concert in the series continued Fleischmann's vision of presenting Cork's most exciting young talent to a wide audience.

"Being faithful to Aloys Fleischmann's wish to support and promote young musicians, the Society also marked its eightieth year by establishing the Cork Orchestral Society (COS) Emerging Artist Award," he said.

The previous winners of the award prior to Brendan Garde were pianists Jordan Bagot (2018) and Ellen Jansson (2019).