Gerard McChrystal comes from Derry, N.Ireland. To date he has performed in over 30 countries including Wigmore Hall London, 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.
Gerard has just premiered a new soprano saxophone concerto by composer Dave Heath. Gerard kick started both their orchestral careers in 1989 when he premiered Dave’s first orchestration ‘Out of the Cool’ with The Philharmonia in St John Smith Square The new concerto ‘Ray of Light’ and accompanying work ‘Illumination’ was a sell-out success with The RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by jazz supremo Guy Barker in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Gerard will give the first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in Feb 2020 in a live broadcast with The Ulster Orchestra
His new album with organist Christian Wilson was recorded in The Royal Chapel, Tower of London and will be released in 2020 by First Hand Records.
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