Gerard McChrystal comes from Derry, N.Ireland. To date he has performed in over 30 countries including London's Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Opera House and Suttgart Stattshalle. He has performed with Philip Glass, Soweto String Quartet, guitarist Craig Ogden, The Syzmanowski String Quartet, The Smith Quartet, tenorist Tommy Smith, Irish choir Anuna, Ensemble Bash as well as many orchestras including The Philharmonia, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC NOW, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony of Ireland and Stuttgart Statsorchestre. Gerard is an ambassador for Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. See Gerard's biography to read more! Gerard was a member of the jury of the Clarisax International Competition in France in December 2015. Other events in 2015 included a performance of the Dubois Saxophone Concerto in France and a masterclass at the home of saxophone reeds Vandoren, Paris.
Gerard performed at the 2016 Vienna SaxFest in March with other saxophonists including Paris Conservatoire Professor, Claude Delangle. March also included a concert with guitarist Craig Ogden, a concerto performance in Horsham and another full course for Benslow Music. In July, Gerard gave a concerto performance at the International event FISP in Lisbon, Portugal. This event included some of the world's greatest saxophonists including Jean Marie Londeix, Tim McAllister and Mario Marzi. His International saxophone course at LMFL was sold out with students from Russia, France, Italy, Ukraine and Austria. In 2016 Gerard also performed music from his solo show Interfuse in Birmingham, Lisbon, Derry and Cardiff.
Gerard is now a member of the new international saxophone quartet Bros. Quartet. He is joined by Mario Marzi (Italy), Antonio Filipe Belijar (Spain) and Joao Pedro Silva (Portugal). They made their debut in Lisbon in April 2015 and performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in July 2015.
Gerard's solo project InterFuse is now officially launched featuring music by Barry Cockcroft, Stuart Greenbaum, Karen Tanaka, Gerard McChrystal, Tony Davis and Joe Cutler. Gerard launced theproject at the opening of the new store of sax.co.uk in June 2015.
The fourth and final movement, led by a momentous McChrystal, reflects on the dissolution of violent chaos into relief, culminating in a commanding coda of hope and peace. What follows is beyond words - "The Starlit Sky", a truly spectacular encore celebrating the "natural world" and "the beauty of life" with the prominence of Connolly's vocals, McChrystal's saxophone, the pipes and the choirs. Sights n Sounds