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Waltons World
Masters Series

Bringing to Ireland some of the world’s most
extraordinary musicians and performing groups.


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About the Waltons World Masters Series

When I began working on the Waltons World Masters Series in 2003, I saw it as a logical extension of what we were doing at Waltons New School of Music. From the time the New School was founded in 1994, its ethos has been to treat different music genres as equals and to recognise that each has something vital to offer.

As a ‘classically’ trained musician, I have learned to appreciate Western art music’s myriad forms and long history, and I understand that the classical tradition provides musicians with unrivalled technical and theoretical training. However, I also recognise its limitations. For example, while improvisation was an essential element of music-making until the late eighteenth century, it is no longer an important aspect of that tradition. Jazz and blues, both of which have strong improvisational elements, are younger forms (although with ancient roots) that have a great deal to teach the classical musician, particularly the art and craft of stepping away from written music and creating it ‘in the moment’. Similarly, ‘playing by ear’ – that is, learning, understanding, repeating and varying music without any reference to notation – is not only essential to the Irish music tradition but to music traditions all over the world.

Diverse approaches to music-making in turn create wonderfully diverse forms of music, and my goal for the World Masters Series has been to bring a range of extraordinary musicians and performing groups, from different traditions, to Ireland – many of them for the first time. While some of these artists were not known in this country, I was convinced that in time the reputation of the Series would give audiences the confidence to ‘try’ artists, genres and traditions not known to them, and this is indeed what has happened. People are coming back for more because they know that whatever we present, it will be something special.

The World Masters Series is run on a non-profit basis and depends for its survival on a kind of unwritten ‘contract’ with its audiences. On the one hand, we work hard to present exceptional artists and performances. And on the other, you support the Series by purchasing tickets, attending concerts and, if you like what we do, spreading the word.

Thank you for your support over the last fifteen years.

John Mardirosian, Director
Waltons World Masters Series
Waltons New School of Music

Waltons World Masters Series Mission

  1. To bring world-renowned musicians and performing groups to Ireland, many for the first time.
  2. To inform, educate and entertain the public with the diverse cultures, traditions and contemporary expressions of creative music.
  3. To support, by presenting each concert at a range of ticket prices, as well as free or subsidised educational events, attendance by those sections of the community who may otherwise be excluded.
  4. To enhance the educational experience, whenever possible, with workshops, masterclasses, public interviews and/or concerts for schools.

Upcoming Events

Tigran Hamasyan + Special Guests • 22 January 2019


Lizz Wright • 21 March 2019

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and be the first to hear about other upcoming World Masters Series events.

Past Artists • Groups

Maya Youssef • 15 August 2018


Susana Baca • 22 June 2017


Tigran Hamasyan – Solo • 7 April 2017


Anoushka Shankar • 12 October 2016


The Hot Sardines • 8 June 2016


Tigran Hamasyan – Luys i Luso • 17 October 2015


Le Trio Joubran • 9 June 2015


Habib Koité • 3 March 2015


Camerata Flamenco Project • 7 December 2014


Hugh Masekela • 21 October 2014


Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté • 7 June 2014


The Blind Boys of Alabama • 21 May 2014


Tigran Hamasyan Trio • 2 May 2014


Soweto Gospel Choir • 18 November 2013


Branford Marsalis Quartet • 3 July 2013


Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland • 6 & 7 March 2013


Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars • 23 January 2013


Mavis Staples • 3 November 2012


Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars • 28 May 2012


Tinariwen • 12 April 2012


Tigran Hamasyan – Solo • 24 January 2012


Ana Moura • 19 January 2012


Béla Fleck Masterclass • 14 January 2012


Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble • 22 October 2011


Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers • 3 October 2011


Ladysmith Black Mambazo • 22 June 2011


Juan Martín Flamenco Dance Ensemble • 2 April 2011


The Blind Boys of Alabama • 31 January 2011


Angélique Kidjo • 1 May 2010


Mariza • 11 February 2010


Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion • 18 June 2009


Jean-Luc Ponty Quartet • 12 March 2009


Habib Koité and Bamada • 18 February 2009


Bobby McFerrin – Solo • 26 May 2008


Dee Dee Bridgewater • 7 May 2008


Spanish Harlem Orchestra • 12 April 2008


Soweto Gospel Choir • 10 March 2008


Preservation Hall Jazz Band • 30 May 2007


Branford Marsalis Quartet • 1 March 2007


Buena Vista Social Club • 24 October 2006


McCoy Tyner Septet • 6 July 2006


Dianne Reeves – Strings Attached • 22 April 2005


Bobby McFerrin – Solo • 5 July 2005


Wayne Shorter Quartet • 3 March 2005


Take 6 • 10 September 2005


Dianne Reeves Quartet • 1 April 2004


Juan Martín – Arte Flamenco Puro • 18 June 2003


Trilok Gurtu • 1 April 2003

Discounts for Students of Waltons New School of Music

Currently-enrolled New School students (and parents of students) can receive 20% discounts when booking tickets (up to four) for any Waltons World Masters Series concert. To avail of this discount, please contact us with the subject/day/time of your (or your child’s) lesson or course, and the concert that you would like to attend. We will send you a discount code, which you should then provide when booking online, by phone or in person.

Discounts for Waltons World Masters Mailing List Subscribers

World Masters mailing list subscribers* can receive 10% discounts when booking tickets (up to four) for any Waltons World Masters Series concert, in addition to being entered in regular draws for top-price concert tickets. To avail of this discount, please contact us, providing the email address you subscribed with and letting us know what concert you would like to attend. We will send you a discount code, which you should then provide when booking online, by phone or in person.

*You must be subscribed to our mailing list for at least 30 days to avail of this discount.

Waltons World Masters Series Mailing List

Subscribe to the Waltons World Masters mailing list and be the first to hear about our upcoming events. World Masters mailing list subscribers also receive 10% discounts when booking tickets (up to four) for any Waltons World Masters Series concert, in addition to being entered in regular draws for top-price concert tickets.

You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time by clicking on the Manage Your Subscription link at the bottom of every newsletter. We take your privacy seriously and will not share your email address with anyone else.

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