Fidelio Trio give early glimpse of Titanic work

Fidelio Trio
Fidelio Trio

A remarkable work composed in memory of the victims of the Titanic disaster will be on the programme for the visit of the virtuosic Fidelio Trio to Derry on Sunday evening.

The trio will perform part of Requiem for the Lost Souls of the Titanic, by Irish composer Phillip Hammond, which is being premiered in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast tomorrow night in front of a capacity audience of 800.

The Titanic struck an iceberg just before midnight on April 14th 1912 and sank at 2.20am on April 15th 1912, so Sunday’s concert marks the 100th anniversary.

The Fidelio Trio are London-based Irish musicians Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano) with Scottish cellist Robin Michael. They have a burgeoning reputation internationally, and have performed in famed halls such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room and Royal Opera House, London.

Also on the programme on Sunday evening at the Great Hall in Magee are a piano trio by the French composer Faure, and Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor.

The concert, which begins at 7pm, is the latest in the Walled City Music Concert Series for 2012. Crowds have been growing steadily for the series, and had a treat last time out when the Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten gave a stunning performance, ably accompanied by her partner Thom Janssen.

The Fidelio Trio are busy over the coming months. Engagements include their Schumann + series at The Forge, Camden Town, London; concerts at St. John’s Smith Square, London; a Music Network tour of Ireland with Carol McGonnell (clarinet); a further tour of South Africa featuring prestigious  appearances including Johannesburg Music Society; return invitations to the USA; a multimedia performance at The City of London Festival; and further CD recordings for Naxos.

Sunday marks a marvellous opportunity to catch them here in the North West. Tickets are available through the Millennium Forum Box office www.millenniumforum.co.uk and at the door, and are priced at £8 and £5 concessions.