World class local cellists selected for Playhouse Production

Posted on: 18th February 2013


Three world class cellists have been announced to perform an original score by a distinguished American composer for the next Playhouse production of 2013.

With extensive orchestral experience throughout Ireland, Europe and the US, cellists Lizzy Donaghy, Naoimh Simpson and Elaine McCann were selected from a long list of prestigious and accomplished musicians to perform in the new play ‘On the Subject of Love', which opens this week.

Former principal cellist of Queen's University Symphony Orchestra Lizzy Donaghy has played with Spark Opera and the Ireland and Ulster String Quartets, and in many prestigious venues across Europe, including the Royal Albert Hall.

Elaine McCann has attended the prestigious Emmanuel Hurwitz Chamber Music Course, and has performed with various quartets from the Ulster Orchestra including, the Belfast String Quartet, Ireland String Quartet and the Ulster String Quartet.

Specialising in cello tuition, Naoimh Simpson is a music teacher and tutor, a member of the Brandenburg String Quartet and a founder member of The North West Community Orchestra.

The Playhouse held an open audition for female cellists, violists, harpists or violinists to enter the sensual world of the insatiable Frederick Hervey for the new commission, which is directed by Catriona McLaughlin.

‘On the Subject of Love' tells the story of Frederick Hervey, the 18th century bishop who came to Derry~ Londonderry in 1768 and later became 4th Earl of Bristol.

Cultured, clever, but eccentric and extravagant, ‘The Earl Bishop' of Derry was a periodic ‘Playboy'- a great lover of art, architecture and women.

Through the experienced hands of director Catriona McLaughlin, actor Howard Teale and composer Adam Burnette, Ken McCormack's ‘On the Subject of Love' explores the infamous 18th century Earl's insatiable hunger for love, lust and life as he searches for the perfect woman.

The musicians will feature as characters in the show, and perform an original score by composer Adam Burnette, who made his conducting debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and has conducted and performed as a pianist throughout America, Canada and Ireland.

"It's a rare and unusual gift to have to opportunity to work with a composer and musician of Adam's talent. Adam has conducted the Seattle Symphony, Wexford Festival Orchestra and the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra, and opera productions in Canada and Ireland" Pauline Ross at The Playhouse said.

"And to have him write an original score, specifically for the play is a treat indeed! Mix that with the local talent, experience and ability that we've found in these three musicians and you're on to a winner!"


'On the Subject of Love' will preview at The Playhouse tonight (Tuesday February 19) and run until Saturday (February 23) at 8pm. Tickets are £14/ £10 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027


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