Malcolm Proud, harpsichordist and Swiss violist Maya Homburger founded Camerata Kilkenny. The members Maya Homburger, Claire Duff, Marja Gaynor, Sarah McMahon, Barry Guy, Malcolm Proud are all world renowned musicians who have performed and recorded with leading international early music ensembles including English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music to name but a few.
Together with uilleann piper David Power they perform a varied programme of music inspired by fantastical literary works from the 17th and 18th century by composers such as Biber, Dowland, Leclair, Telemann, Handel, Purcell, Marini and O` Carolan. Telemann's Suite 'La Musette' (French bagpipes) is inspired by European folk dances and of course his Gulliver Suite encapsulates the humour and fantasy of the great Jonathan Swift (who lived and was educated in Kilkenny).
Following acclaimed performances of 'The Piper and the Faerie Queen' throughout Ireland, Camerata Kilkenny & David Power wish to bring The Piper and the Faerie Queen to a wider international audience so they too can hear how beautifully the Irish traditional music and classical music combine with each other and how closely they are linked. They have already secured almost all the funding required for this project with support from Kilkenny and Waterford County Councils, the Creative Ireland Programme, individual donors, business donors and RTE Lyric FM. There is a Fund it Campaign to raise the outstanding funding.
Camerata Kilkenny gave the impression that time is to be treasured, not to be rushed, that the music was somehow to be dwelt in, not pressured... Irish Times
Listeners foresaw this would be a great one and packed the Hugh Lane Gallery until, alas, no more could be admitted. Bach, period instruments, excellent players … and incredible music. Irish Times
A short promotional video to explain the coming together of the baroque ensemble ‘Camerata Kilkenny and David Power for the show ‘The Piper and the Faerie Queen’.
A sample of the programme for The Piper & the Faerie Queen ;
An Droighneann Donn (The Brown Thorn)
Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767)
OuvertureOverture: La Musette (a suite for strings and continue in G minor) No 6 TWV 55:g1
Air and Set Dance - An Leanbh Sidhe and the Garden of Daisies (The Fairy Child)
Georg Philip Telemann
Gulliver Suite for 2 violins TWV 40:108
The Fox Chase
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)
Suite from the Faerie Queen
G.F. Handel (1685 - 1759)
Pastoral(Pifa) from Messiah
Jean Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Musette and Minuet from ` Scylla and Glaucus`