Arts Life - Kate Hearne

What I do: Baroque cellist and virtuoso recorder player.

Favourite café: Heron Gallery Café, Ahakista, Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

Current listening: Some 1930’s swing with Chick Webb ... I need a little break from all the Baroque stuff sometimes!

The last gig I attended: Arte dei Suonatori at Copenhagen’s Midsummer Baroque Festival.

The last book I read: The Hare With The Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.

My last trip to the theatre: Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns: Eine Wirtschaftskomödie at Dramaten Theatre, Stockholm in a new Swedish translation — heavy stuff, but very inspiring!

The last exhibition I attended: Debussy, Music and the Arts at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. Was also a good chance to meditate over Monet’s Water Lilies which are housed in the same building.

My favourite film: Cinema Paradiso.

My favourite writer/artist/musician: All the lads from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

My favourite work of art: William John Leech’s A Convent Garden, Brittany.

My favourite venue: Drottningholm Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden.

The writer/artist/musician I would most like to meet: When someone invents time-travel, I would like to be transported back to around 1730 to have dinner with JS Bach and his family.

Bio: After completing her studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Kate Hearne moved to Sweden to pursue a double Masters degree on both Baroque cello and recorder, enabled by generous grants from the Irish Arts Council and the BOI Millennium Scholars Trust. In 2005 Kate won the inaugural Montréal International Recorder Competition, and since then she has been lucky enough to perform as a soloist and chamber musician with some of Europe’s leading Baroque ensembles. She is on tour for many weeks of the year, which is a great way to see the world, and in between she lives in the Southern Swedish city of Malmö. She tries to return to Ireland as often as possible and is loving her job as Baroque advisor for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Upcoming show:

Tomorrow, 11am: Boccherini’s Stabat Mater with the Polish ensemble Arte dei Suonatori and the wonderful Swedish-Irish soprano Maria Keohane.

Saturday July 7, 11am: I’ll be joined by Irish bassoon player Peter Whelan and Arte dei Suonatori in Telemann’s double concerto for recorder and bassoon.

Both concerts will take place at St. Brendan’s Church in Bantry as part of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival: *

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