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Ruth McGinley, Reconnection, Album Tour 2016

RUTH McGINLEY

“Derry-born Ruth McGinley quickly became a young star of classical music when she won the piano final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 1994“

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Studying at the Royal Academy and Royal College in London, she went on to perform as a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, the National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, and as a recitalist throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East, before returning to Derry in 2004 to focus on raising her young son. Uncomfortable with the pressures of life as a concert pianist but still wanting to perform, she accepted an invitation to perform with multi-platinum selling vocal trio The Priests, becoming their official accompanist in 2010. She also became the accompanist of choice for BBC Northern Ireland broadcasts, both in live contexts and on recordings across a number of its programmes.
After having turned down many previous requests, Ruth began performing in public again as a solo pianist in 2013 as part of Derry’s City of Culture year. This led to her appearing as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra in live concert broadcasts for BBC Northern Ireland. She began to overcome anxiety issues which had begun to develop at the peak of her early career, gradually finding the music that resonates with her most. Reconnection features some of that music, from classical through to jazz, with a diverse composer list that includes Rachmaninoff, Satie, Debussy, Gershwin and Randy Newman. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in Ruth’s life, signalling a return to simpler times and to a genuine love of the piano and all of its possibilities.
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Reconnection

’Reconnection’ is a sharing of my inward journey back to myself — my true self.

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The intensity of an early career had taken its toll on my humanness, leaving a dark trail where the light once shone. Every now and then a piece of music I would hear touched a little part of my soul, nudging me gently back to the piano, where I searched to make sense of my inner struggle.
Soothing space, breath between the notes and freedom from expectation drew me back in, moment by moment, over a period of time. Each piece of music is a glimpse into this time of my Reconnection. Reconnection is out now on Lyte Records.

 

It doesn’t matter how many times I have to click, as long as each click is a mindless, unambiguous choice.

Steve Krug
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tour dates

The Reconnection Tour - In collaboration with Moving on Music & The Arts Council ACNI. The long awaited debut album 'Reconnection' tells the story of Ruth's reconnection with the music that has resonated with her most over the years, having taken a break from the pressures of life as a concert pianist. Moving on Music & The Arts Council ACNI are delighted to support Ruth as she tours her new album, which includes works by Debussy, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff and Philip Glass

 

Moving on music Reconnection Tour

Omagh 22nd September

Strule Arts Centre. Townhall Square, Omagh. BT78 1BL

Lisburn 23rd September

Island Arts Centre. Lagan Valley Island. Lisburn BT27 4RL

Armagh 24th September

Market Place Theatre. Market Street. Armagh BT61 7BW

Derry 29th September

The Glassworks, Great James Street, Derry BT48 7DB

Belfast 30th September

Crescent Arts Centre. University Road. Belfast BT7 1NH

Portaferry 1st October

Portico. Steel Dickson Ave. Portaferry BT22 1LE

Reconnection - What people say

Stylistic variety is seamlessly blended throughout in intelligently proportioned playing as sincere as it is supple. More please!

Michael Quinn, Classical Ear

Reconnection - What people say

The emotion can be felt through every note. Ruth's performances of Clair de Lune and Rachmaninov's Vocalise, Op. 34 No 14 are all my all time favourite works. An amazing selection of repertoire, I could listen to this all day...Reconnection is a must have!!

A Murray

Reconnection - What people say

On my first listen of the album, and enjoying it so much, that it's bringing tears to my eyes. Beautiful playing from Ruth, and a wonderful collection of pieces. Very atmospheric, and brings a wonderful peace to the heart. Highly recommended!

Wilhelmina J. M. Drayton

Reconnection - What people say

This is a beautiful album. A great selection of pieces that are so emotional and serene. Each one is played to perfection , I just love Oblivion but each one is a favourite. I enjoyed every moment . Listening to this album is the perfect way to relax the mind. An amazing performance from such a talented lady .

Margaret T

Reconnection - What people say

This is a beautiful album from start to finish,It is wonderfully soulful and a pleasure to listen too. I thoroughly recommend this album and would invite anyone to listen and enjoy Ruths playing in an album I have fallen in love with.

Hector Zomax

Latest News Whats going on

Ruth McGinley Reconnection
Culture Northern Ireland Article
Ruth McGinley | May 2016
Thank you to Culture NI and Terry Blain for letting me share the intimate journey that brought me to record and release my solo album at this stage of my life
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Ruth McGinley BBC Proms in the Park Northern Ireland
Culture Hub magazine - Proms News
Ruth McGinley | August 2016
Chatted to Stacy Fitzpatrick from Culture Hub magazine about  my first BBC Proms In The Park appearance on Saturday 10th September
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Ruth McGinley Classical Pianist BBC arts show
BBC Tv Arts Show Recording
Ruth McGinley | May 2016
Performance of Moment Musical by Rachmaninoff from my appearance on BBC The Arts Show with Marie Louise Muir
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