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Elizabeth Petcu Featured In The Irish Times

Elizabeth Petcu playing a Martin Doyle simple system wooden (Irish) flute.

Elizabeth Petcu playing a Martin Doyle simple system wooden (Irish) flute.

Arminta Wallace has recently published an article for the Irish times about Martin Doyle’s good friend Elizabeth Petcu who resides in the coastal town of Bray in the County Wicklow. For over 25 years Elizabeth served as the principal flautist with Ireland’s RTÉ Concert Orchestra until a hearing problem (otosclerosis) sidelined her career. Despite this impediment, Elizabeth has gone on to record a solo flute music album, Just Me, and has formed the inspirational music ensemble Rune with Martin Doyle (flutes) and Deborah Armstrong (piano). Here are two excerpts from Arminta Wallace’s article:

The ability to hear plays such a crucial role in making music that it’s almost impossible to imagine how a professional musician feels when they’ve been diagnosed with a condition called otosclerosis, or progressive deafness. “I’m in good company, apparently,” says the flautist Elizabeth Petcu with a wry smile. “Beethoven is thought to have had it as well.” […] Petcu formed a trio with the pianist Deborah Armstrong and the traditional flutemaker and player Martin Doyle. They call themselves RUNE, and they take an innovative approach to live performance; their concerts blend visual imagery, poetry and prose with various different kinds of music, from baroque to improvisation via the slow air. “I wanted to keep playing. But I didn’t want to do the very conventional, formal kind of classical recital,” she says. “So what we do is, we pick a theme and tie the music together with words and the beautiful visual imagery of Martin’s photographs.

The entire article can be viewed here: An Irishwoman’s Diary »

Rune To Perform In April

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Rune – Martin Doyle (flutes), Elizabeth Petcu (flutes) and Deborah Armstrong (piano).

With the Irish spring in the air, the three piece music ensemble Rune are looking forward to their first post-winter concert.

Rune is a three piece ensemble consisting of Elizabeth Petcu (flutes) Martin Doyle (flutes) and Deborah Armstrong (piano). They will be performing on April 19 at the Camphill Village Community Duffcarrig near Ballymoney in County Wexford.

More details can be found here:
About Rune – Upcoming Concerts »