Cassiopeia Wind Quintet - Grand Canal Theatre

Cassiopeia Winds is an Irish chamber wind ensemble formed in 2010, whose performances are marked by vivacity, panache and a dedication to the exploration of fine sound-worlds. Though the ensemble has the capacity to expand or contract to suit its innovative programming, at its core is a quintet of players whose members are among the finest in the country, including players from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Crash Ensemble.

The ensemble aims with each performance to run the full and varied gamut of the wind repertoire from 19th-century to contemporary works, including Danzi, Reicha, Barber, Hindemith, Poulenc, Francaix, Ibert, Nielsen, Ligeti and Arvo Part. Their concerts represent the startling originality and exoticism, and the inimitable palette of tone colours of the wind ensemble. They have a dedication to bringing the lesser-known works of this repertoire into the Irish and international concert halls and festivals.

Cassiopeia Winds have performed across the country as well as completing a tour of Dublin churches. They have a passion for collaborating with other artists, such as renowned pianist Finghin Collins with whom they performed the Poulenc Sextet at a concert in Monkstown. The ensemble also have a great interest in contemporary music and in supporting the work of new Irish composers, and intend to commission new works for wind quintet for performance in Ireland and internationally.

Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky, easily recognisable due to its distinctive "W" shape formed by 5 bright stars.

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