Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Classical Music 04/09/09

Michael McHale

As one of the themes of this year’s BBC Summer Invitation Concerts with the Ulster Orchestra, the Friday night series has featured several Irish pianists.

Tonight sees the culmination of this series and appropriately a young Northern Irish-born pianist tops the bill.

Michael McHale’s decision to pursue the path of concert pianism came relatively late in comparison to some of his performing contemporaries whose future was marked out for them while “still in short trousers” by attending one of the specialist music schools in the UK.

Michael chose a less direct route to get where he now is but he is none the worse for that musically. His recent appearances on the concert platform and on disc have deservedly earned him acclaim and international recognition: “a smart, restrained and fastidious display” (Washington) ... “a magician who glides across the keys” (Berlin) ... “an elegant sensibility, and bright even fingered articulation that was instantly engaging” (London). High praise indeed.

Michael is soloist in Cesar Franck’s Symphonic Variations at tonight’s concert in the Ulster Hall, Belfast which begins at 7.45pm.

phammond13@hotmail.com

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Leo:

You feel optimistic and for good reason. An admirer has been trying to win your heart. All this attention is flattering. If you're single, keep playing hard to get. The more you resist, the more they'll persist. Are you already in a relationship? Start pursuing a cherished dream. Fulfilling your heart's desire will make you a better partner and friend. Dwelling on what might have been will just make you bitter. Take a risk. It's better to try and fail than be paralysed by fear.More