Butler Gallery Presents
A Christmas Concert with Patrick Rafter

  • Arrow December 1st, 7pm, 2022
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Butler Gallery Presents Patrick Rafter, 1st December, 7pm
Tickets €50 (includes drinks and canapés post concert at Butler Gallery).

Kick of the Christmas season in style and join us for a magical evening of festive favourites with one of Ireland's most outstanding musicians, Patrick Rafter. Violinist and Conductor extraordinaire, and Kilkenny native Patrick will entice you into the spirit of the season in the historic venue of St. John’s Priory.

All funds raised are in support of Butler Gallery, supporting living artists and all audiences.

Concert Programme - 60 mins. Followed by an elegant private reception at Butler Gallery supported by Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny

Sincere thanks to Patrick Rafter for supporting Butler Gallery and helping us to raise vital funds for the Gallery and to Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny, our reception sponsors and long time valued supporters of Butler Gallery.

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About Patrick Rafter, Violinist and Conductor:

Regarded as one of Ireland’s most outstanding musicians, international award-winning violinist and conductor Patrick Rafter has toured Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Internationally, Patrick has been the grand prize winner of multiple competitions including the Valiant Violin Competition, Switzerland 2016, and the London Performing Arts Competition 2017.

During his career, Patrick has studied with and performed alongside some of the greatest
performers in the world today, including Maxim Vengerov, Schlomo Mintz, Barry Douglas, and John O'Conor. He has also worked with some of the world's most prominent composers today, such as Arvo Part, and performed with some of the leading conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Marin Alsop, Sir Mark Elder, and Gianandrea Noseda.

As a violinist, Patrick has performed as a soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras and ensembles including Prague Philharmonia, Mannheim Soloists, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Kyiv Soloists, and Camerata Ireland. He has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls such as National Concert Hall Ireland, Royal Albert Hall London, Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Seoul Arts Centre. As an orchestral conductor, Patrick has conducted the RTE Concert Orchestra as 1st prize winner of the Dublin Feis Ceoil in 2022. He makes his conducting debut in recording and performances with the RTE Concert Orchestra in spring 2023. Other conducting debuts planned this season include Israel Camerata Jerusalem, London Mozart Players, and the Menuhin Soloists.

As a choral conductor, Patrick has studied under distinguished names including Roland Börger, Zoltan Pad, Volker Hempfling, and Amy Bebbington. He has conducted some of Ireland’s leading choirs including Chamber Choir Ireland and the UCD Philharmonic Choir. In 2020, he became artistic director of Carlow Voices, and in 2021, Patrick was awarded the conducting fellow at U.C.D. Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Choir.

A protege of the legendary violinist, Maxim Vengerov, Patrick was born in 1991 into a musical family in Kilkenny, Ireland. He quickly became recognized as a prodigious talent winning over 50 national accolades. Patrick went on to receive a full scholarship to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (R.I.A.M.), studying with Eyal Kless and Fionnuala Hunt. In 2011, Patrick was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded multiple prizes throughout his studies. He was also selected as a member of the Academy's elite string ensemble ‘Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists’ with whom he made his Wigmore Hall debut in January 2015. In 2015, Patrick was personally invited to study under Maxim Vengerov at the International Menuhin Music Academy.

As of 2022, Patrick is a lecturer at Cork School of Music. He previously taught at the Geneva Conservatory of Music and he is a visiting professor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.

Upcoming performances include Ireland, the UK, Israel, Germany, and Switzerland. Appearances with Prague Philharmonia, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bad Nauheim Symphony Orchestra and Israel Camerata. Patrick has had multiple radio and television appearances, notably on BBC 1 and 2 (U.K.), Kanal 5 TV (Macedonia), RAI (Italy), RTE (Ireland) and TG4 (Ireland), Kol Hamusica (Israel).

In Patrick’s hometown of Kilkenny, he was awarded ‘Kilkenny Person of the Year' and was awarded the Coat of Arms of Kilkenny by the Mayor of Kilkenny City. He was honored with a Civic Reception in his name in 2022. Patrick is supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland. Patrick performs on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume 1842 Violin and a Eugene Sartory violin bow. He is an ambassador of Musafia Cases Cremona, Italy.


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