Ina Boyle's music to feature at this years Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

 Lismore Castle

Lismore Castle

 

Recital

Internationally renowned, Swiss cellist Nadège Rochat plays music by Ina Boyle and other Irish composers of the 20th century. Accompanied by Dearbhla Collins on Piano, this promises to be a very special concert and the Blackwater Valley’s beautiful new venue. Make a night of it, by treating yourself to supper beforehand at Dromore Yard.

8.15 pm
Front Row €30.00
Other rows €20.00

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A Night at the Opera

L’Italiana in Algeri

This year, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is delighted to present Gioachino Rossini’s tale of intrigue, comedic mischance, and the triumph of love – and of strong women! L’Italiana in Algeri was premiered in Venice in 1813, and has been delighting audiences for more than 200 years.

Fusing sustained energy, with elegant melodies, the opera tells the tale of Elvira and Isabella, who must together make a plan to ensure that love will conquer all. Elvira loves Mustafa, and Isabella loves Lindoro. Of course it wouldn’t be a Rossini opera if the path to happiness was smooth, but as it is a Rossini opera, there is plenty of wonderful music along the way to the final rousing resolution.

Presenting L’Italiana in Algeri over three nights at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.
Tickets € 85.00 – € 200.00, excl. €3.50 sales commission per order.

Venue: Lismore Castle, Lismore Co Waterford
The Castle Gardens open to ticket holders at 5.30pm
Dinner at 6.00pm
Performance starts at 8.15pm sharp

Wednesday 30th May – Charity Gala Night in support of Enable Ireland
Friday 1st June – Night at the Opera
Saturday 2nd June – Finale

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Ina Boyle's Music to feature at the 2018 Ludlow English Song Weekend

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Friday 6th - Sunday 8th April 2018

For three days in April, Shropshire plays host to a unique musical event. The Ludlow English Song Weekend celebrates words and music in its own special, welcoming way. This year our focus is on Ireland, and the music it has inspired. Bax, Bridge, Warlock and Moeran feature prominently, alongside Irish composers Ina Boyle and Seóirse Bodley. Ailish Tynan and Robin Tritschler head a crack team of Irish singers, and we welcome for the first time Carolyn Dobbin and Gavan Ring. The Carice Singers bring a hugely imaginative choral programme, and we’re joined by a bevy of wonderful instrumentalists: Adam Walker, Nicholas Daniel and the Gildas Quartet. With new works by Philip Hammond and Martin Bussey and a variety of talks and discussions we’re set fair for an action-packed, stimulating Weekend. Join us for the craic!
— Iain Burnside

The festival will feature performances of Boyle's Three Songs by Walter de la Mare, performed by Gavan Ring (Baritone) and Iain Burnside (Piano), and select songs from her collection of Gaelic Hymns, performed by The Carice Singers under the direction of George Parris.

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                             Iain Burnside

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                             Gavan Ring

                            Gavan Ring

Wow ! What a fantastic weekend of Music at the Ludlow English Song Weekend! Below are some photos taken at the event !

 Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Iain Burnside (piano) performing some of Boyle's songs at the opening concert

Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Iain Burnside (piano) performing some of Boyle's songs at the opening concert

 Carolyn Dobbin - Mezzo Soprano performing Boyle's vocal works in the final concert of the weekend, what a fantastic finish !

Carolyn Dobbin - Mezzo Soprano performing Boyle's vocal works in the final concert of the weekend, what a fantastic finish !

 The Carice Singers, St Lawrence's Church, Ludlow.

The Carice Singers, St Lawrence's Church, Ludlow.

Ina Boyle (1889-1967): A Composer’s Life

 

 AVAILABLE NOW

 

 

Ina Boyle (1889-1967): A Composer’s Life

by Ita Beausang and Séamas de Barra

 

The Irish composer, Ina Boyle (1889-1967), was born in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, where she enjoyed a sheltered childhood as a member of an Anglo-Irish family with roots in the medical, military and diplomatic professions. Her first music teacher was her clergyman father, who made violins for a hobby. She started to compose from an early age and soon found a passion for music that lasted a lifetime, spanning two world wars, the 1916 rebellion, the war of independence, the civil war and the economic war.

 

Ina Boyle studied privately in Dublin with C.H. Kitson and Percy Buck, she had her first success in 1919 when her orchestral rhapsody, ‘The magic harp’, which was selected for publication by the prestigious Carnegie United Kingdom Trust and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult. From 1923, realising the need to expand her musical horizons, she visited London for composition lessons with Ralph Vaughan Williams whenever family duties allowed, until her travels were curtailed by the outbreak of the Second World War. Vaughan Williams thought highly of her works but, despite her best efforts to promote them, few were performed in public. During the 1940s some of her orchestral music was broadcast on Radio Éireann in a series of programmes on Irish composers. After the death of her father in 1951, she was again free to travel to London while devoting the rest of her life to composition. As one of twentieth-century Ireland’s most prolific composers and the first Irishwoman to undertake a symphony, a concerto and a ballet, this first book on the life and music of Ina Boyle is long overdue. 

Ita Beausang is a native of Cork. She studied piano at the Cork School of Music and the Read School of Pianoforte Playing, Dublin. A music graduate of University College Cork, she joined the teaching staff of the Cork Municipal School of Music. She worked as lecturer and Acting Director at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Her book Anglo-Irish Music 1780-1830 (CUP: 1966) is the standard work on the period. In 2014 she was awarded honorary life membership of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. She was an Advisory Editor for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press: 2013) and has researched the life and music of Ina Boyle since 2006.

Séamas de Barra  is a composer and musicologist. His compositions include orchestral and vocal works, which have been performed and broadcast by The National Orchestra of Ireland, The RTÉ  Concert Orchestra, The BBC Singers, The National Chamber Choir, and other notable ensembles. He has published widely on twentieth-century Irish music and musical life, including a major monograph on Aloys Fleischmann, and was editor (with Patrick Zuk) of a series of monographs on Irish composers issued by Field Day Press in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame. He is currently working on a study of the Irish Symphonist John Kinsella.

 

April 2018  |  9781782052647 |  €29 £25 |   Hardback  |  234 x 156mm|  192 pages

 

Special offer of 20% off the list price of €29.00. Use code: INA (all capitals) in the coupon box

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The Long Gaze Back - Musical Tales

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Two concerts presenting works ranging from the songs of Ina Boyle almost 130 years ago to some of today’s leading young composers from Ireland to mirror the chronological survey of the Long Gaze Back. 

Solo and ensemble pieces and short interviews with some of the composers about the pieces being performed.

Programme  is curated by Dr. Mark Fitzgerald of DIT Conservatory of Music and will include works by:

Ina Boyle (1889-1967) Three Songs –Roses (text Eva Gore-Booth), Blessing (text Austin Clarke) and Joy of Earth (text AE)

Eibhlis Farrell (b 1953) Earthloops for solo clarinet (2003)

Ailís Ní Ríain (b 1974) Don’t for clarinet and cello (2000 revised 2005)

Finola Merrivale (b 1987) ag fanacht, go chiúin for violin, cello and piano (2015)

Amanda Feery (b 1984) Rattle for solo bass clarinet (2010)

Jane O’Leary (b 1946) Mystic Play of Shadows for string quartet (1996)

 

There will be two concerts:

Music Library, Central Library, Ilac Centre Henry St, Dublin 1,

April 23 at 1:00 pm

 

AND

 

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road

Time

April 23 at 6:00 pm

 

Tickets Free Booking essential

  • Email: musiclibrary@dublincity.ie
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BBC Concert Orchestra and cellist Nadège Rochat record "Psalm" by Ina Boyle

On the 9th of October 2017, "Psalm" by Ina Boyle was played for the first time 90 years after it was composed. As for most of her compositions, Ina Boyle never had the opportunity to hear it played. Ina Boyle (1889 - 1967) was one of Ireland's most important composers of the early 20th Century. A pupil of Vaughan Williams she would travel regularly to London from her home in Co. Wicklow for lessons with him. He thought highly of her and encouraged her. However, like so many women of her generation, despite encouragement of her friend Elizabeth Maconchy, she would not leave the family who needed her, and lived alone after they died, composing every day. Her huge body of work, orchestral, choral, chamber and vocal , largely unperformed, is preserved in the Library of the Trinity College Dublin awaiting re-discovery. This forthcoming CD is important in the renaissance of this special composer, and is the first devoted to her orchestral music. It is a dual recording by BBC and Dutton Epoch.  Much of the music is being performed for the first time.

To watch the promotional video for the forthcoming CD please see below.

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Conductor: Ronald Corp (http://www.ronaldcorp.co.uk/)

The music recorded at these sessions is due to be released on the Dutton Epoch label in 2018 as part of a CD dedicated to Ina Boyle (
http://www.inaboyle.org/)

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

© (P) BBC/Dutton Epoch 2018

Soloist: Nadège Rochat (
http://www.nadegerochat.com/)

Musicologist: Dr. Ita Beausang

Venue: Watford Colosseum (
https://watfordcolosseum.co.uk/Online/)
Nadège Rochat plays on the Ex-Vatican Stradivarius cello from 1703.

 

New London Children's Choir St. Patricks Day Performance

The New London Senior Choir will perform at St. James's Church, Piccadilly on St. Patrick's Day 2018. The concert will feature works by Ina Boyle.

 

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Tickets are now on sale for the Senior Choir Concert at St James’s Piccadilly, March 17th 2018. Tickets £15, concessions £5, unreserved seating.

 

Ronald Corp OBE
Musical Director
Alexander Wells;  Piano
Camilla Seale;  soprano
with members of the
New London Children’s Choir

 

Contact: nlcctickets@gmail.com

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Celebrate International Women's Day with Ina Boyle

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Two compositions by Ina Boyle will be played on BBC Radio 3 on 8th March, in celebration of International Woman's Day. This date is coincidentally Ina's birthday.

Her Overture will be played on Radio 3 Breakfast at 8:05 am, and later the Glencree Symphony will be broadcast during the interval of the Radio 3 Concert starting at 7.30pm (probably at around 8:15 pm).

That same day there is a special, private, preview event in the Wigmore Hall for donors to the CD project. This CD which is devoted entirely to the orchestral music of Ina Boyle, was recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Ronald Corp, and soloists Nadege Rochat (cello) and Benjamin Baker (violin), will be launched later this year.

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RTÉ ConTempo Quartet – Beethoven Music for a Later Age

In 2018, the ConTempo Quartet will perform a complete Beethoven Cycle in venues Nationwide. Ten Irish works complement each of the nine programmes, with works dating from 1934 to the present day, including three new RTÉ commissions, and Ina Boyle's String quartet in E minor.

'The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet is one of the most exciting and vibrant chamber ensembles performing today. The members studied together in Bucharest, formed a quartet in 1995 and were appointed as Galway Music Residency’s Quartet in Residence in 2003 and RTÉ’s Quartet in Residence in May 2014'. 

Ina Boyle was one of the most serious-minded Irish composers of her generation. The distinguishing tone of her 1934 String Quartet is one of gentle rhapsody, her harmonic language indebted to the English school of the early 20th Century.
— Contempo Quartet

 

Beethoven String Quartet No. 5, Op. 18 No. 5 in A

Ina Boyle String Quartet in E minor

Jane O’Leary the passing of sound forever

Beethoven String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 in F

Creative tensions between the past and the future flared up in the sinewy compression of Beethoven’s Fifth Quartet. And found grave intensity in the Op.95 ‘Quartetto Serioso’. Ina Boyle’s only String Quartet bears the bucolic stamp of early 20th-Century English Pastoralism.
— ConTempo Quartet
 Photo credit: Frances Marshall Photography

Photo credit: Frances Marshall Photography

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OUR THANKS TO ALL THOSE GENEROUS DONORS WHO HAVE MADE POSSIBLE THE FORTHCOMING CD DEVOTED TO THE ORCHESTRAL MUSIC OF INA BOYLE

In September 2017, a crowd-funder project was launched with hopes of raising £10,000 to record an album entirely devoted to the music of Ina Boyle. Thanks to our generous supporters, this has since become a reality. 

The album was recorded in October 2017 with the BBC Concert orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp, with soloists Nadège Rochat and Benjamin Baker. The album includes several orchestral works by Boyle, including the first complete CD recording of the "Glencree" Symphony (In Wicklow Hills) (1924-27), which reflects her deep attachment to the Wicklow countryside. The atmospheric Pastoral "Colin Clout" (1921) was first performed in 1922 at the Royal College of Music by the Queen's Hall Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult. "Psalm" (1927) for cello and orchestra has never been previously performed. The Violin Concerto (1933) is very special as she dedicated it to her mother who had died three years earlier.  "Wildgeese" (1942) has become one of the most frequently performed of her compositions. "A Sea Poem" (1919), one of Ina Boyle's finest early works, will  be premiered on this CD. The album is due to be released in 2018.


 

Michael and Gianni Alen- Buckley

David Beausang

Patrick and Jean Cangley

Chris De Burgh and Diana Davison

Andre Rochat

Katie Rowan

Christopher and Lucie Sims

Joyce Smith

Augustus Young


 Brian O’Rourke

Marjorie Rowan

Isobel Schmidt

Toni Traylen


 Kenneth Baird

Norah Beausang

Mary and David Curtis

Nicola le Fanu

Marian Christie

Rhona Clarke

Anne Farquhar

Kerry Houston

Lonny Johnson

Aylish Kerrigan

David Lester

Amanda Man

Colin Man

Aedan Martin

Eve O’Kelly

Anne Marie Amy Picot

Jean Pierre Rageth

Bernard Steinmann

Emma Whitaker

Claire-Lise Winsche

Jenny Tripp Black

Jill & Tim Ware

Mike & Brenda Stubbs


William Beausang

Alessandro Bordoni

Rosemary Brown

Jonathan Christie

Shirley Cully

Catherine Deletra

Eibhlis Farrell

Victoria Fraser

Heather Freeman

Kathleen Hegarty

Edmund Hogan

Lynne and Roger Hopkins

Denis Lepine Bachlar

Margaret Murray

Niamh McDonough

Patrick O’Connell

Aiden and Eileen O’Connell

Kathy O’Regan

Claire Osini

Francois Zavier Poizet

Gabrielle Radacineanu

Roy Stanley

Shirin Tobin

Elizabeth Woodward


Alison Aebi

Chris Beausang

Claire Beausang

Jennifer Boyle

Rosin Blunnie

Nancy Cassells

Maureen Carr

Alexander Chapman Campbell

Siobhan Clery

Ann Duignan

Sean Doherty

Sinead Finnegan

Aine Gannon

Frank Hennigan

Diane Hirogoyen

In Memory of Anne McNaughton

Nicole Jackson

Darina Johnson

Jean Kelly

Su Lambert

Dr. Mary Lennon

Elise Lujeon

Roger M

Ann McCambridge

Marilyn of Mar

Mrs. Patricia Marter

Grainne Mulvey

Aine Mulvey

Gemma O’Herlihy

Yvonne Farida Payne

Joanne Phelan

Angela Purnell

Candis Roberts

Marcella Robinson

Tony Severs

Ernest E. Thorne

Henrietta Usherwood

Marilyn of Mar

            Many thanks to those who donated anonymously


                            THANK YOU

 

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REVIEW: Das Orchester Magazin reviews 'Cello abbey' - Nov 2017

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Embedded between both concerts we hear, as a world premiere recording, Elegy, composed 1913 by the Irish composer Ina Boyle (1889-1967). We discover that Ina Boyle has lived a secluded life and has not published much, and hear a truly introverted music that is characterized by its atmosphere and filigree musical lines. Nadège Rochat is “looking forward” to soon recording further works by Ina Boyle - so are we!
— das Orchester Magazin (Nov 2017)
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REVIEW: Belgium's Crescendo Magazine reviews Nadège Rochat's 'Cello Abbey'

The addition of the short Elegy by Ina Boyle between these two monuments allows to discover this singular Irish composer, whose very sensitive music recalls the Brahmsian romanticism. Listening to this short evocative piece written in 1913, we are already delighted to know that Nadège Rochat plans to record other works by Boyle in the future.
— Pierre Fontenelle
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REVIEW: Irish Times four star Review of Nadege Rochat's 'Cello Abbey'.

It’s fallen to a Franco-Swiss cellist, a French conductor and a German orchestra on a partly crowd-funded CD on a German label to bring the world a first recording of Enniskerry composer Ina Boyle’s 1913 Elegy. Boyle was one of the discoveries of last year’s Composing the Island festival, but this recording was actually made months in advance of that. Nadège Rochat is a mild-mannered performer whose preferred mode is to hint at lingering, but without lagging, and to make her presence felt, but without any exaggeration of emphasis. The approach, well supported by conductor Paul Meyer, results in fresh accounts of the concertos by Walton and Elgar, and a fully persuasive presentation of the light melancholy of Boyle’s Elegy.
— Micheal Dervan - The Irish Times

Discovering Ina Boyle - Crowdfunder project launched

Help us to bring the music of this important Irish composer to a new generation.

 

Please help raise £10,000 to record a landmark CD of orchestral music by Ina Boyle. This recording by the BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Ronald Corp with soloists Nadège Rochat (cello) and Benjamin Baker (violin), currently a young artist of YCAT (Young Classical Artist Trust).

It will include the first complete CD recording of the "Glencree" Symphony (In Wicklow Hills) (1924-27), which reflects her deep attachment to the Wicklow countryside. The atmospheric Pastoral "Colin Clout" (1921) was first performed in 1922 at the Royal College of Music by the Queen's Hall Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult. "Psalm" (1927) for cello and orchestra has never been performed. The Violin Concerto (1933) is very special as she dedicated it to her mother who had died three years earlier.  "Wildgeese" (1942) has become one of the most frequently performed of her compositions; in 2013 it featured in two Europe Day concerts played by the European Youth Orchestra. "A Sea Poem" (1919), one of Ina Boyle's finest early works, will  be premiered on this CD. Click on the link below to find out more about this exciting project!

 

 

 

World Premiere of Ina Boyle's Three Ancient Irish Poems

Ina Boyle's 1958 setting of Three Ancient Irish Poems, (trans. by Kuno Meyer), will receive its World premiere performance on 21 May 2017 at Monkstown Church, Dublin.

The performance is part of the  'Music in Monkstown' concert series and will feature in the opening concert of its fourth season, ‘An Evening of Music for Harp, Flute, Viola and Clarinet’.

Bill Dowdall, Flute

Lisa Dowdall, Viola, 

John Finucane, Clarinet

Lynda Lee, Soprano

and Andreja Malir, Harp

 

Programme:

Arnold Bax: Elegiac Trio for flute, harp and viola

Jacques Ibert: Entr’acte (Flute & Harp)

Maurice Ravel: Pièce en Form de Habanera (Flute & Harp)

Gabriel Fauré: Sicilienne (Flute & Harp)

Théodore Dubois: Terzettino for flute, harp and viola

Claude Debussy: Trio Sonata for flute, harp and viola

Ina Boyle: Three Ancient Irish Poems (tr. Kuno Meyer), Soprano, viola and harp

Britten: Down by the Salley Gardens

Balfe: I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls

Trad/Harty: My Lagan Love

Jean Michel Damase: Clarinet Sonata (clarinet and harp)

 

More info and Tickets available here:

http://www.musicinmonkstown.ie/concerts

World Première Recording of Ina Boyle's Elegy (1913) - CD Release

Franco-Swiss cellist, Nadège Rochat, releases her third album of cello music, Cello Abbey, which includes the world premiere recording of Boyle's, Elegy (1913) for cello solo and orchestra.

 

The CD includes cello and orchestral works by British and Irish composers:

William Walton: Cello Concerto (1956)
Ina Boyle: Elegy for cello & orchestra (1913)
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto (1919)

 

Nadège Rochat (cello)
Staatskapelle Weimar
Paul Meyer (conductor)

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My aim is to shed light on neglected composers and compositions and to expand the violoncello repertoire in general. With this recording I wanted to give a voice to lesser-known composers, and so I began to search for every piece for violoncello and orchestra written in England during Elgar’s and Walton’s time, a fascinating and exhausting quest that lasted for days and nights. When I finally came across Ina Boyle’s works for cello and orchestra, I felt immediately attracted to it. As a woman myself, I was fascinated by her life story – she never married and devoted her entire life to music. During her time, that was apparently the price to pay for a woman in her position who wanted to spend her life doing things other than child-rearing or looking after a household. I also share her fondness for solitude and for the countryside. She paid a very high price for it – had she chosen to live in London like her friend Elizabeth Maconchy, who tried to motivate her on numerous occasions, she would have found it much easier to make a name for herself as a composer.
— Nadege Rochat

Read the first review of Cello Abbey here:

https://www.hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=12147#reviews

 

The CD is available to buy here: 

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RIAM - Saluting the Feminists

On Friday March 24th, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Smock Alley Theatre 1662, celebrated the World Premiere of Siobhan Cleary's opera, Vampirella. This event also commemorated some of its key female pedagogues throughout the years, and also salute a strong army of Irish women composers including, Ina Boyle.

Ita Beausaung and Laura Watson discuss Ina Boyle and other Irish Women composers and musicians in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

LISTEN BACK HERE:

http://www.rte.ie/lyricfm/liz-nolans-lyric-notes/programmes/2017/0317/860531-liz-nolans-lyric-notes-friday-17-march-2017/?clipid=2432472#2432472

RTE Lyric fm Release "Composing the Island" feature CD

RTE Lyric fm release Composing the Island CD highlights include music by Ina Boyle

Last September a unique festival of music took place sponsored by Bord na Móna and presented by RTÉ and the National Concert Hall as part of RTÉ 2016 and Ireland 2016. Twenty-eight live concerts featuring both the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, together with a number of the leading Irish vocal and instrumental ensembles, and soloists traced a chronological journey of music by Irish composers over the 100 years since The Rising. The festival featured almost 200 selected works by some 90 composers, providing a unique opportunity to encounter the range and depth of Irish composition. In the words of The Irish Times, “Composing the Island was a landmark – there is no going back.”


This Composing the Island double CD release is a sample of music by twenty-composers from that festival, capturing for posterity something of its essence and spirit. It includes works by composers from the earliest years, many whom have been almost forgotten now, like Norman Hay and Ina Boyle, the latter of whom lived all her life in Wicklow but created a remarkable body of music whose European sensibility is tinged with a clear sense of her own nationality. Others such as John F. Larchet, Aloys Fleischmann and Seán Ó Riada played a key role in the teaching and development of music, and musical institutions in Ireland in the twentieth century. Ó Riada’s work on the CD, two movements from his Hercules Dux Ferrariae: Nomos No. 1, gives a fresh insight into his orchestral output, an area often overlooked in preference to his better known forays into traditional Irish music. - RTE Lyric fm 

 

The CD is available to download on I-tunes: 

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/composing-island-century-music/id1186765340?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

I am Wind on Sea - contemporary vocal music from Ireland

CD Release

I am Wind on Sea - contemporary vocal music from Ireland 

 

Aylish Kerrigan, mezzo-soprano

Dearbhla Collins, piano

Music by

Elaine Agnew | Seoirse Bodley | Ina Boyle

John Buckley | Rhona Clarke | Ann-Marie O'Farrell

 

Six accomplished composers from Ireland are featured in this album, mostly writing for voice and piano, though two include percussion and electronic elements as well. Aylish Kerrigan, one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary Irish vocal music, is a guest professor at the Wuhan Conservatory in China. Her accompanist, Dearbhla Collins, has performed German lieder, contemporary art song, and theater music worldwide. Each of these works is a world premiere recording. The CD will be officially launched on December 9th at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

 

The CD includes Boyle's Three Songs by Walter de la Mare (1956), ‘The Song of the Mad Prince’ and ‘The Pigs and the Charcoal Burner’ are from the poet’s Peacock Pie (1913) collection, with ‘Moon, Reeds, Bushes’ taken from Bells and Grass (1941).

These are delightful songs which explore a world of darkish humour, fantasy and lost love. These moods are emphasised in this fine performance.
— John France (MusicWeb)

Boyle’s other contribution is the ‘Sleep Song’ to traditional words translated by Padraig Pearse. It is the oldest piece on this CD having been composed in 1923. 

The temperament of the song is a perfect balance between countryside description and lullaby.
— John France (MusicWeb)

 

The CD is available to buy here: 

http://www.prostudiomasters.com/album/page/10624

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FIDELIO TRIO WINTER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

Soprano Joan Rodgers to perform a selection of songs by Ina Boyle

 

GlasDrum with Music at DCU present the FIDELIO TRIO WINTER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 from December 2nd to 4th in Belvedere House, St Patrick’s Campus DCU, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Building on the success of the 2015 festival, this year’s event brings guests Matthew Jones (viola), Chi-chi Nwanoku (double bass) and Joan Rodgers (soprano) together with the Fidelio Trio – Darragh Morgan (violin), Adi Tal (cello) and Mary Dullea (piano) for four sumptuous performances in the intimate 18th century atmosphere of Belvedere House. 

This project has been made possible with funding from the Arts Council – An Chomhairle Ealaíon and with the support of Dublin City University (DCU).

 

Programme Sunday 2nd December:

Rhona Clarke A Different Game (World Premiere)

Ina Boyle Selected Songs

Ann Cleare New Work for Piano Trio (World Premiere)

Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor Op. 17

Golden Plec Review of Boyle's Glencree Symphony No.1, Composing the Island.

RTÉCO OPENS ‘COMPOSING THE ISLAND’ AT NATIONAL CONCERT HALL | REVIEW

Review: Michael Lee, September 13th 2016

The most impressive discovery of the evening is the Symphony No. 1 (Glencree) of Ina Boyle. Last performed in studio concerts on Radio Éireann back in the 1940s, this is, amazingly, its first complete public performance. From the very start, the symphony establishes an arresting sound-world, concentrated and serene by turns. The orchestra brings out the work’s intensity with sensitive and focused playing, bringing to life a work that has been unjustly neglected. The solidity and confidence of the orchestral writing is impressive. One only wishes that the composer had had the encouragement and experience to achieve a more balanced structure, and the work certainly leaves one wanting more. Given the dark poignancy of silence surrounding her music, however – Boyle was fated to hear very few of her large-scale works performed – the symphony’s understated ending is perhaps all the more appropriate. It is an auspicious and provocative start to this celebration of Irish music.

Read the full review here:

https://www.goldenplec.com/live-reviews/rteco-opens-composing-the-island-at-national-concert-hall-review/