Over 80 people were packed into St Finnbarr’s last evening to hear Igor and Oleksiy, who are Duo Kyiv classical accordionists, play a concert as part of their annual UK tour. These two young men whose day jobs are playing in National Orchestras in Ukraine, stage a Uk tour each year to raise money for a charity – HIPPOKRAT – which supports the mothers of children with disabilities as a result of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 31 years ago. Many of these children are second generation whose parents were children at the time and who have passed on genetic abnormalities to their children.
This year’s concert opened with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor (score above), this was followed by the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faure’s Pavane and six pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker – and all this before the interval!! After the interval a couple of pieces by Rachmaninov, an Ave Maria and four dances by Piazzola, a Tango by Galliano and Navarra by Sarasate. A variety of styles and moods, but always if you closed your eyes, you could be forgiven for thinking that there were way more than two musicians performing.
The dedication, virtuosity and sheer good fun of these musicians is as inspiring as it is infectious. Watch this space for news of next year’s concert and if last night’s experience is anything to go by, you’ll need to arrive sharp to get a seat.