Two Violins: John Matthias & Declan Daly

Two Violins: John Matthias & Declan Daly

Thursday 20 October 2022
7:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


No microphones, just two musicians and their two violins, in the beautiful acoustic of Ashburton Arts Centre’s old chapel.

In this concert John and Declan will be going where classical music meets English and Irish folk.

John Matthias is an award-winning musician and composer. He has released seven albums via Accidental, Ninja Tune, Nonclassical, Village Green, Sony and Welfare State. He has collaborated with many artists including Radiohead (The Bends) and Coldcut (Man in a Garage) and has had his music remixed by many artists including Thom Yorke, Matthew Herbert and Jem Finer (The Pogues). In 2008 he was the co-winner of the UK PRS Foundation New Music Award (The ‘Turner Prize for Music’) for the neurological sonic installation, ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’ which led to the development of the Neurogranular Sampler software and the ‘Plasticity’ sound installation at the BFI and Google Campus Building, London. He has performed his music Internationally at many venues including The Royal Opera House (London), The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and Le Poisson Rouge (New York City). He has contributed music to 12 feature film scores and written several works for dance theatre including collaborations with Rambert, Company Chameleon and Exim contemporary dance companies.

Declan Daly was born in Co. Monaghan, Ireland and was awarded scholarships to study violin and piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Guildhall School of Music, London, Royal Northern College of Music and the Utrecht Conservatoire of music in the Netherlands. He has performed chamber music with the Dante Quartet and with world class Orchestras including the BBC Symphony, the LSO, the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he recorded The Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Other soundtrack work includes Hans Zimmer’s Da Vinci Code, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and the Harry Potter game series. A keen improvisor and folk fiddler, he has also performed concerts with Ravi Shankar, Bono from U2 and John Sheahan from the Dubliners. Recently relocated to the West Country, Declan is a member and trustee of the Bath Philharmonia Orchestra and performs with the Bristol Ensemble and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.