of Music at St. Barrahane's Church

tel. +353 (0)28 33752 / +353 (0)86 226 4797  Jacqueline Weij

St. Barrahane's Church Castletownshend,

(8 km from Skibbereen)

Co. Cork, P81 AH51


Thursday 20th July 2017, 8 pm


Trio Avalon


Ioanna Petcu-Colan - violin

Gerald Peregrine - cello

Michael McHale - piano




Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major Hob XV:25 (Gypsy Rondo)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major 'Ghost' op.70 no.1




Benedict Schlepper-Connolly: A Space of Life Between

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D Minor op.49 no.1




“one of the highlights of my listening”  Julain Haylock, the Strad.


ENSEMBLE AVALON are a critically acclaimed Irish piano trio, originally formed in 2006. Founding members Ioana Petcu Colan - violin, Gerald Peregrine - cello and Michael McHale - piano, have performed together across Ireland, America and Italy, exploring standard trio repertoire, as well as commissioning new works by Irish composers.

They held the post of ‘ensemble in residence' at Trinity college from 2011-14, the first ensemble to do so, and championed up and coming Irish composers as well as mentoring composition students.

The trio ran an annual chamber music festival in Wexford for 5 years, showcasing Irish and international artists in a 4 day festival, in association with Music for Wexford and the Arts Council.

2008 saw the release of their debut CD on the RTE Lyric FM label, which was critically lauded in Ireland and the UK, in publications such as BBC magazine (“the Beethoven is in the front rank of modern versions on disc”) the Irish Times and the Strad, which chose it as their CD selection of the month.

The trio recently curated a series of chamber recitals in the National Concert Hall Dublin, and have presented several sold out series at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. They have performed regularly on RTE radio and TV.