Alex at the Forge

Alex at the Forge: The National Concert Hall bestows its 'Rising Star 2015' title on gifted young musician, 28-year-old percussionist Alex Petcu Colan from Cork City
The National Concert Hall bestows its ‘Rising Star 2015’ title on gifted young musician, 28-year-old percussionist Alex Petcu Colan from Cork City

Alex Petcu-Colan, Percussion Counterpoint, at The Forge, Camden

Irish Heritage is presenting the London Debut Concert of Alex Petcu-Colan, Ireland’s leading young virtuoso percussionist on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at The Forge, Camden NW1 7NL at 7.30 pm.

Winner of numerous awards in Ireland and internationally, Alex on marimba, vibraphone and percussion will present a fascinating solo recital featuring music by Steve Reich, Joseph Schwantner, Keiko Abe, Debussy, J.S. Bach and more.

Tickets are now on sale: £15.00 (incl. wine reception). Contact Kathy O’Regan tel. 020 7226 4578, e-mail , or via: click on ‘donate’, no booking fee, or Forge Box Office:

For further information contact: Niall Gallagher, Chairman Irish Heritage
T: +44 (0)7860 235063.

More about Alex Petcu-Colan

An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His recent appearances as a soloist with the Irish National Broadcaster, RTÉ, National Symphony and Concert Orchestras and as the solo musician in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at the Abbey Theatre are some of his main highlights so far.

He has also been chosen to be the 2015 Irish National Concert Hall (NCH) Rising Star recitalist and an artist in residence for the Cork School of Music for 2015 and 2016.

As one of the few Irish percussionists to focus on solo and chamber music, Alex has championed and developed the existing repertoire by giving numerous recitals and working closely with composers.

Recent projects include curating and performing in “WoodMetalWater”, a concert forming part of Sounds From a Safe Harbour, a new festival in Cork, recitals at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and NCH John Field Room, performances with the Con Tempo Quartet, and much more.

He is a founding member of the Beyond Borders Percussion Group, an international collective of some of the finest percussionists in the world, and the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, a new Irish percussion ensemble.

An active freelance musician, he also regularly performs with the various professional ensembles in Ireland such as the Crash Ensemble, Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, RTÉ Symphony, RTÉ Concert, Irish Chamber and Irish Baroque orchestras.

Alex has had successes in major national and international competitions. He recently won first prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and reached the semi-finals at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, one of the most prestigious percussion competitions.

Aside from his performing activities, he is also an educator and has given lecture recitals at Ireland’s universities, taught at the C.I.T. Cork School of Music, tutored the percussion section of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and given a series of workshops for West Cork Music’s “Tuning Up” outreach scheme. He holds an MA in music performance from the Cork School of Music, an MSc in Physics from University College Cork and a BSc in Physics from the same institution.

“Petcu-Colan’s musicianship on marimba and vibraphone was spellbinding.”
Dick O’Riordan, Sunday Business Post

“Assured technique, mature musicianship, a varied programme and a communicative stage presence ensured that Alex Petcu-Colan charmed his audience.”
Declan Townsend, Irish Examiner

About Irish Heritage

Irish Heritage is a voluntary arts organisation established in London in 1974. It is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians through their continuing education and early part of their careers.

Irish Heritage presents a programme of events throughout the year in established music venues open to the public, and supports the events of other organisations which share its aims in music and the arts. It has strong links with conservatoires in Ireland and Britain to identify the rising stars and help them on their way.

The Irish Heritage Music Bursary, the links with the Royal Dublin Society, the conservatoires and prominent people in the classical music world are fulfilling Irish Heritage’s commitment to advancing educational opportunities for Ireland’s talented young musicians.

Irish Heritage, with its established record of promoting the best of Ireland’s cultural heritage in Britain through music and the arts, is well placed to take the lead by supporting young musicians in developing their talents, in London, the world’s greatest and most competitive centre of classical music.

About The Forge

Since opening in 2009 The Forge has embodied the vibrancy, charm, and eclecticism of Camden Town, bringing together the diversity of London’s eclectic music scene under one roof with a 300 capacity – making it an intimate setting and firm favourite amongst musicians and music-lovers alike.

Alex at the Forge

As a not-for-profit organisation, everything The Forge receives goes back into an ever-expanding programme including DJ & club nights, comedy, children’s events, art exhibitions and workshops.
The Forge is an architectural masterpiece, commissioned in 2005, which has won awards from RIBA and the Civic Trust for its beautiful, sustainable design.

It includes solar panels, natural ventilation systems and a stunning 6.5 meter high ‘living wall’ of plants designed by Katharine Bradburn.


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