Location: Main Theatre
Aisling Agnew and Matthew McAllister met in Glasgow whilst studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Their joint passion for chamber music, interacting with composers and performing new music immediately brought them together. Since giving their debut recital in the ‘Harty Room’ of Queen’s University, Belfast in 2001 they have grown in popularity and the Duo is now recognized as one of the leading exponents of the genre. Their debut album Recital, affirms this reputation – featuring a wide range of virtuosic and beautiful music from around the globe.
The duo have given many high profile concerts over the years. On tour in North America they have performed for the New England Flute Fair in Boston, Greater Portland Flute Fair, Pittsburgh Flute Club in Pennsylvania, James Madison University in Virginia, Willamette University in Oregon, North Eastern Pennsylvania Classical Guitar Society and the Ventura County Classical Guitar Society.
From 2005-2008 the Irish Government’s Heritage Initiative invited the duo to tour Ireland’s medieval castles and historic houses giving evening recitals in stunning settings such as Roscrea Castle, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, Muckross House in Killarney and Rathfarnham Castle.
The duo has also performed extensively across the UK and highlights have included the British Flute Society’s Seventh International Convention in Manchester, launching the ‘Southwell Reflections’ concert series, recitals in the Ramshorn Theatre in Glasgow, National Galleries of Scotland, Ilkley Manor House, Welshpool Music Society, Aberdeen Chamber Music Club, St Bride’s Fleet Street in London, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and their chamber music residency in Strathgarry as finalists of the Tunnell Trust Chamber Music Prize.