National Concert Hall Announces Socially Distanced Chamber Music Concerts and New Livestream Series

This September and October, the National Concert Hall welcomes Irish artists to the NCH stage in a series of both in-venue and livestream concerts. This marks an important step in the roadmap to recovery of concert life at the NCH as well as creating much-needed performance opportunities for Irish musicians. The concerts offer Irish and international audiences some of the best of the diverse world of Irish music both in person and online. 

Live audiences will be welcomed back to the NCH with a series of lunchtime chamber music concerts for a limited capacity audience and a series of mid-afternoon Sunday String Quartet concerts celebrating the music of Beethoven in this his 250th anniversary year. Artists include: Camerata Kilkenny, celebrated Irish pianist Fiachra Garvey, pianist Hugh Tinney with Academy Chamber Ensemble and Lir, Banbha and Vanbrugh Quartets. 

The NCH is also delighted to announce the first four concerts in a new livestream series called ‘Imagining Ireland’ showcasing the most exciting creative artists at work today. The concerts range from Hip Hop to traditional music and contemporary composition to roots music. The line-up includes contemporary composer and musician Jennifer Walshe in ‘Ireland: A Dataset’ a boisterous radiophonic play made for the NCH; a celebration of the thriving Irish hip-hop scene with Denise Chaila, MuRli and God Knows presented with Narolane records, fiddler and hardanger d’amore player of The Gloaming fame Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh with West-Kerry based concertina player Cormac Begley, and Grammy nominee Rhiannon Giddens with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turissi. ‘Imagining Ireland’ will continue through the Autumn. It is supported by Davy as Innovation Partner and is a partnership collaboration between NCH, Culture Ireland and Serious, supported by The Irish Times and Newstalk as media partners.

Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall says: 

“In line with the country’s reopening, we are delighted to announce a new series of livestream concerts designed to appeal to a wide variety of musical interests and to welcome back a live audience to the NCH for this trial series of socially distanced chamber music concerts. Given the current capacity restrictions for indoor gatherings the socially distanced chamber music concerts will see a limited audience in attendance giving us an opportunity to not only welcome back audiences to live music but also to give artists the opportunity to perform to an audience once more in a way that is enjoyable, practical and safe for all. This is an important step forward to restoring the unique magic of live performance and in supporting the livelihoods of musicians, which have been so severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

We want to reassure the public that the NCH will be following all public health guidelines in respect of Covid-19 ensuring the utmost safety of our audiences, musicians, and staff and we will have stringent measures in place to do so. I would like to acknowledge Minister Catherine Martin in particular, and the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht for their support during this very challenging time.”  

In addition, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra returns to perform live from the NCH stage in a series of Friday evening concerts to be livestreamed worldwide in HD on RTE Culture and broadcast on RTE lyric fm at 7pm (Starting Friday 11th September). 

Also taking place on 19th September, Christy Moore will perform his first and only livestream concert in 2020 from the NCH giving Irish and global audiences a rare opportunity to hear Christy perform this year. 

The safety of artists, audiences and staff has been considered paramount in the creation of this music programme of in-venue concerts and all necessary Covid-19 safety measures have been put in place, compliant with NPHET recommendations and HSE guidelines, to ensure the return to live music is both safe and enjoyable. In particular, the events will conform to the current limit of 50 people in a controlled, theatre environment and this will include the performers and NCH staff working on the event. See Covid 19 Guidelines for details of measures put in place at NCH. 

Ticket Information

Tickets for each of the in-venue socially distanced chamber music concerts are €10 and are available to purchase from Monday 14th September 10am online only at [There is a limited capacity for each concert. Tickets are restricted to two per person. All concerts 60 minutes or less.]  

Tickets for Imagining Ireland concerts are €7 and €10 and are only available to purchase and view on Tickets on sale now. 

Full details of all concerts available on  

The chamber music concerts and Imagining Ireland are supported by The Irish Times and Newstalk as media partner.

In-Venue NCH Concerts

  • Sunday String Quartet Series – Sun. 20 September 3pm – Lir Quartet  
  • Chamber Music Series – Tues. 22nd September 1.05pm- Camerata Kilkenny with Claire Duff, Marja Gaynor and Malcolm Proud
  • Tues. 29th Sept. 1.05pm – Fiachra Garvey, piano  
  • Sunday String Quartet Series – Sun. 4th October 3pm – Banbha Quartet 
  • Tues. 6th October 1.05pm – Hugh Tinney, piano with Academy Chamber Ensemble  
  • Sunday String Quartet Series – Sun.18th October 3pm – Vanbrugh Quartet 

In-venue concerts with socially distanced audience. Tickets: €10 for each concert. On Sale Monday 14th September 10am from 



Ireland: A Dataset by Jennifer Walshe
Saturday 26th September
Ireland, UK, Europe, 8.00pm BST / 9.00pm CEST
Tickets: €7 available on 

Narolane records presents Denise Chaila, God Knows and MuRli
Sunday 27th September 2020
Ireland, UK, Europe, 8.00pm BST / 9.00pm CEST
Tickets: €7 available on

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, fiddle & Cormac Begley, concertina in Solo | Duo
Wed. 30th September   
Ireland, UK, Europe, 8.00pm BST / 9.00pm CEST
Tickets: €7 available on

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: There is No Other
Saturday 3rd October
Ireland, UK, Europe, 8.00pm BST / 9.00pm CEST
Tickets: €10 available on 

Livestream Concert Tickets from €7. Available exclusively via On Sale Now. 

(The concerts will be available to tickets holders for 24 hours following the performance).

Supported by Davy as Innovation Partner. ‘Imagining Ireland’ is a partnership collaboration between NCH, Culture Ireland and Serious. Supported by The Irish Times and Newstalk and media partners. 

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