Patrick Rafter is a violinist from Kilkenny, and is based in Switzerland.
He plays with the Lir Quartet, at Triskel Christchurch in Cork on Saturday, March 28 at 1.10pm.
Making Sense of the Troubles by David McVea and David McKittrick. I’m not yet finished it, but it’s a wonderful unbiased account (as much as is possible in this case).
Parasite, it’s class!
All the shows that included children performing, it is so incredible to see such talented and gifted children.
A relatively little known French composer, Guillaume Lekeu, who died at 24. His violin sonata is wonderful.
So many, to be honest, but probably a piece I learned on violin by Oscar Reading. I remember taking the music home and going straight to my room and practicing it for hours... I was 7, I think.
Probably Elton John at the Montreux Jazz Festival last year.
A big fan of Peaky Blinders, last season sadly not so much. Netflix tends to be my go to.
I travel, so it tends to be podcasts, Ted Talks are sometimes brilliant.
Elton John. He was a student at the Royal Academy in London where I studied and gave a lot back every year with visits and financial support, so I’ve met him several times.
Whenever I go to any city, I wish I could stand in one spot and go back each decade for one minute. I would say 2,000 years ago and meet Jesus Christ.
Freddie Mercury with Queen, Mozart and Paganini.
Yes! Family are great musicians and lawyers. Going back, my great-great- grand-uncle Felix Delaney was Bishop of Ossory when the Normans invaded in 1179.
Nurses. I have met so many incredible nurses who give so much to their work. I believe they are underpaid and undervalued by our society.
Treat musicians like football stars! Turn classical music into what it is — for everybody.