Cork Orchestral Society launches 2021 online concert programme
Our first concert features a newly-founded Cork ensemble, 13 Strings. The programme for the concert consists of Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite, Mozart’s Divertimento in B flat, K. 137 (K. 125b), Grieg’s Two Elegiac Melodies and Mendelssohn’s String Sinfonia no.2 in D.
13 Strings is curated by Canadian musician, David Whitla, the full time double bass lecturer at the CIT Cork School of Music and a former member of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Whitla records and performs regularly as an extra with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared on numerous other albums and soundtracks.
Joining Whitla at the ensemble’s core is leader of the first violin section of 13 Strings, Sébastien Petiet. Born in France, Petiet grew up in west Kerry, where he learned traditional Irish music from local musicians. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays most acoustic string instruments, both bowed and plucked. Petiet also spent 21 years as a violinist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.