Triskel Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Special Concert on Culture Night

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September 04, 2018
2018 is a big year at Triskel Arts Centre as they celebrate their 40th birthday as well as the 300th anniversary of Christchurch. Triskel will roll out a landmark programme of events to celebrate Triskel 40, one of which is Alternative History, a special concert of early music with tenor John Potter, on Culture Night, Friday 21 September, at 8pm.
Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director of Triskel Christchurch, said, “Early Music was in some ways the ‘Pop Music’ of its day, which is not easy to imagine in the context of the pop music we hear today! Early Music is ideal for Triskel Christchurch which has an incredibly beautiful acoustic and a stunning visual surrounding. We are very excited to have world class singers John Potter and Anna Maria Friman as well as lutenists Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman back with us as part of the Triskel 40 programme. We decided to make this a free concert to mark our two birthdays, the European Year of Cultural Heritage and, of course, Culture Night.”
John Potter explains, “The Alternative History project creates new repertoire for voices and lutes inspired by historical performance practice. We first got together to explore the choral works of Josquin (1450-1521) and Victoria (1548-1611) as they survive in manuscripts dating from long after the composers’ deaths. These ‘secondary’ sources, in which the music is re-invented for singers and lutes, reveal a much longer and more diverse performance history than the a cappella originals. Our performances are probably closer to the way most people first experienced renaissance polyphony: re-contextualised and re-arranged for whoever was available to sing and play it.”

John Paul Jones, former bass guitarist with Led Zeppelin, has written a setting of William Blake’s Cradle Song for the group, who have also recently begun collaborating with ex-Weather Report drummer jazz musician Peter Erskine. They will perform his setting of Anne Hills’ poem “Ash and Snow” during the concert. Although not a sacred text it is imbued with sensitivity to the spiritual needs of our times. “Arvo Pär”t will need no introduction to today’s audience, and their version of his “Pari Intervallo” (performed with the composer’s blessing) also reflects his contemplative view of the universe.

Tickets for Alternative History are free (max. two tickets per person) and will be released 11am on the morning of the concert, Friday 21 September. Book at 021 4272022 and
PRESS CONTACT: Gillian Hennessy – 086-3077475 –
About Triskel Arts Centre
Triskel Arts Centre is a vibrant cultural HUB in the heart of Cork City celebrating 40 years in 2018. The main auditorium Triskel Christchurch is a multidisciplinary space housed in a fully refurbished neoclassical Georgian Church. This state of the art venue which launched in 2011 is programmed with a rich bill of live music – with a focus on Classical and Jazz concerts, cultural cinema, visual art exhibitions and literary events. Triskel runs a second contemporary art room Triskel Gallery Space. Unique in Ireland, Theatre Development Centre is the only fulltime operation dedicated to the development of theatre, this is managed by Corcadorca Theatre Company. Cork Traveller Women’s Network relocated their Headquarters to Triskel in 2018 and the film and theatrical makeup training academy The Makeup Bar opened their Cork branch at Triskel in February of the same year. Scrypt Café Bar is an atmospheric casual dining and coffee space with a great brunch and lunch menu and a tapas style evening offering.

Audio: Salve Regina by Josquin Desprez from our Secret History album:
Gillian Hennessy, PR and Marketing Manager
(021) 427-2022