September 2019 ☞ Violin & Piano Lessons

A new term of music lessons will commence this September in Limerick City Centre. Some availability for individual one-on-one weekly lessons in Piano, Classical Violin, and Traditional Fiddle. Music Theory lessons and tutoring for Junior/Leaving Certificate Music are also available. All ages and levels are catered for, exam and non-exam students welcome.

Please check out ☞ www.valeriegunning.com/lessons

contact me ☞ here

or email ☞ info@valeriegunning.com for further information

Upcoming Concert ☞ UL Orchestra Summer Proms

Looking forward to performing with The University of Limerick Orchestra once more for our Spanish-themed Summer Proms concert in University Concert Hall Limerick 8pm Saturday 11th May.

Guest soloist guitarist John O’Shea will perform Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Also on the programme is Rimsky Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole, Danzón No.2 by Márquez, Piazzolla’s Libertango and Chabrier’s España.

Tickets are available online from UCH. Check out our Facebook event

We will also perform a charity concert the following day in Bruff, Co.Limerick. Details below! Olé!

Cork Sat Feb 23: Mahler 5 with David Brophy

Tomorrow night I will be back in Cork City Hall for a performance of Gustav Mahler’s mammoth 5th symphony under the baton of David Brophy (RTÉ Orchestras). A virtuosic orchestral portrayal of love, the Fifth Symphony occupies a pivotal place in Mahler’s output – it is his first purely instrumental symphony since the First. Written over 1901 and 1902, it charts the development in his love affair with his future wife, Alma Schindler (later Alma Mahler).

Also in this fantastic programme is Leopold Stokowski’s arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# Minor, one of the composer’s most famous compositions.

We will also be joined by Cork-born violinist Ioana Petcu to perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64.

A night not to be missed! If I do say so myself!

Limited tickets available from Eventbrite and possibly on the door.

Cork Concert Orchestra in action

January 2019: Performance at World Economic Forum

Last month I had the amazing opportunity and experience of performing at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony in Davos, Switzerland.

First I travelled to London for rehearsals at the Royal Academy of Music with the all-women Taki Concordia Orchestra, under the baton of Conductor Marin Alsop. Alsop was mentored by legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein and is now one of the top conductors in the world. She was the first female conductor to conduct BBC’s Last Night of the Proms and is currently music director of Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, making her the first female director of a major U.S. orchestra.

mid-rehearsal Duke Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London

In Davos, Alsop received a World Economic Forum 2019 Crystal Award. The Crystal Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of leading artists and cultural figures whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change. Marin is one of three recipients of the 2019 award, alongside history-making filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour and celebrated broadcaster and environmentalist Sir David Attenborough.

about to go onstage in Davos

Our opening ceremony performance included music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, a Mozart Concerto featuring solo violinist 13 year old Clara Shen, winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, and a world premiere by English composer Anna Clyne. The performance is available to view online. I was honoured and delighted to be invited to join this unique orchestra for such an important performance.

enjoying a magical view of the Swiss Alps

Performance Update: Italy to South Korea

Off to perform in The Dolomite mountains, Italy

Looking out at the Limerick rain it seems hard to imagine I was performing in Italy’s Dolomite mountains not too long ago! Back in July I travelled to the Trentino region in the north of Italy for my third consecutive year performing with New York based Music Academy International at Trentino Music Festival. This prestigious academy runs comprehensive training and performance based programmes for aspiring young performing artists. In previous years I performed with the opera orchestras for full stage performances of Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Magic Flute and many more operas. I also performed for musicals including Chicago and Nine. This year I returned to join the musical theatre orchestra for Evita. This was an amazing opportunity to work with former musical director of Evita on Broadway, Robert Meffe, in a stunning location.

Now we are nearly mid-way through September and I have a new term of piano and violin lessons already underway in Limerick city centre. It’s lovely to see students returning eager to learn after the summer break and also to welcome new students!

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At the end of September I will be taking a short break from lessons to travel to South Korea’s capital for the Seoul International Community Orchestra Festival. I auditioned online back in May and was delighted to be accepted as a member of Seoul International Community Orchestra, the flagship ensemble for the festival. The orchestra brings together over 50 musicians from over 30 countries to perform special concerts in Seoul. The orchestra members will fly in from all over the world and after a quick tour of the city and catching up on some sleep after the long journey we will head straight to rehearsal.

Over the weekend we will perform special concerts in the very contrasting venues of Seoul Station, and the 3,000 seater grand theatre at Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts. The concert programme includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no.2 “Little Russian” and Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance no.1”. Also on the bill is “Arirang Fantasy”, a special orchestral arrangement by North-Korean composer Choi Seonghwan of a Korean folk song, the unofficial national anthem of Korea. My upcoming trip has already been featured online at ilovelimerick, in the Limerick Leader newspaper, and I was interviewed by the Limerick Today radio show on Limerick’s Live 95fm. Final preparations and practice is now well underway as I leave in 2 weeks!

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Concert 🎼 🎥 Performing with CCO this Saturday!

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Rehearsals are in full swing and I’m looking forward to performing with Cork Concert Orchestra again this Saturday at Cork City Hall for “A Night at the Movies”.

The orchestra, under Principal Conductor Tom Crowley, will embark on a musical journey through the greatest of film music. The evening will be crammed full of memorable pieces from movies which were noted for their music such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘The Bridge over the River Kwai’, ‘The Magnificent 7’, and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, right through to ‘Batman’, ‘The Hateful Eight’ and ‘Star Wars’.

Tickets starting at €15 are available from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. Cork, or online via Eventbrite