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


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.

                       The Carice Singers

                       The Carice Singers

                            Iain Burnside

                            Iain Burnside

                            Gavan Ring

                            Gavan Ring

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

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)

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

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



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:

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)

Staatskapelle Weimar

Staatskapelle Weimar

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:


The CD is available to buy here:

Nadège Rochat

Nadège Rochat

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.


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:

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:

Aylish Kerrigan

Aylish Kerrigan

Dearbhla Collins

Dearbhla Collins


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.


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:

Irish Times review of Boyle's setting of Two Poems by John Donne (1939, 1946).

In praise of Composing the Island - Lost Irish treasures unearthed.

Review: Michael Dervan, 14th September 2016

But for me, the real discovery came from Ina Boyle, whose two John Donne settings for tenor and string quartet create a fascinating bridge between the world of early music and the 20th century.

They were sung by Robin Tritschler with the Vanbrughs, and Tritschler’s separate song recital with pianist Peter Tuite (of Harty, Stanford, Bax and Hughes) was a model in how an approach that distances itself from sentimentality can cast this repertoire in a whole new light. Just the kind of demonstration to make this festival a treasurable event.



Read the full review here:

Irish Examiner review of Boyle's Glencree Symphony (1927).

Classical Review: Composing the Island at the National Concert Hall, Dublin

Review: Cathy Desmond, Saturday, September 10, 2016.

It was the work of Ina Boyle from Wicklow that impressed most. Her first symphony titled Glencree completed in 1927 was performed only once in 1945 in a live radio broadcast by Radio Eireann. The harmonic language was colourful. There was refreshing rhythmic energy in parts and assured writing for solo parts, most notably for oboe and cor anglais, well executed by Concert Orchestra principals. Boyle wrote many works including two more symphonies and an opera. Based on tonight’s evidence, her work warrants more than an occasional dust down.

Read the full review here:


Watch the live performance here on RTE Podcast:

Ina Boyle's Elegy will be recorded for the first time by cellist Nadège Rochat

Classical cellist and recording artist from Switzerland/France, Nadège Rochat, will be recording Ina Boyle's Elegy from 1913 for cello and orchestra this month as part of an upcoming CD of works by British and Irish composers.

The work will be recorded on a CD, entitled Cello Abbey, by the Staatskapelle Weimar alongside two well known cello concertos by Elgar and Walton.

Nadège is seeking funding for the project and there is a page available with more information on how you can donate to help fund the recording costs here

The video below gives some background on the project and Ina's Boyle's Elegy.




Forthcoming performances of Ina Boyle's music

A number of scheduled performances including some by a younger generation of musicians are planned over the coming year.

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Irish Heritage is an Irish Cultural organisation which has showcased young Irish musicians in London for the last 40 years. It will present Ina’s music as part of its recital series “Celebration of 100 years of music in Ireland – 1916-2016” next year     

The Chiral Quartet will repeat their performance of the String Quartet,  given at CIT Cork School of Music, as part of the first London recital by the Irish Conservatoires at the Guildhall School of Music on 12 April 2016.

On 17 February 2016, two of Ina Boyle's settings of poems by Padraig Pearse will feature in the recital programme at the Royal Overseas League. This will be given by Irish soprano Jennifer Davis and other rising young Irish artists. Jennifer is currently part of the Jette Parker Young Singers Programme at the Royal Opera House.

Welcome to Ina Boyle's web site

We're delighted to welcome you to this new web site featuring information on Irish composer Ina Boyle's music.

A composer whose music has been re-discovered in recent years, Ina Boyle was unique in many respects in being one of the few Irish women composers active during the first half of the twentieth century. Her output features orchestral, vocal and choral and chamber works, many of which have received performances in the past number of years. 

The site, which will be maintained by the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) on behalf of a working group chaired by Katie Rowan, a relative of the Boyle family,  will serve as a key information source about her music and will feature updates on performances of her work, as well as other news about her. The working group includes a number of representative people drawn from the Irish classical music sector, including Dr Kerry Houston (DIT Conservatory of Music), composers Nicola LeFanu, David Byers, musicologist Dr Ita Beausang, broadcaster Jane Carty, writer and music critic Ian Fox, Director of the European Opera Centre in Liverpool Kenneth Baird, Jonathan Grimes (Contemporary Music Centre), and Emma O'Keeffe (MPhil DIT Conservatory of Music). 

We're delighted that thanks to the support of the Boyle family, her unpublished works will be available to order from the CMC. To view a list of works and see which ones are available in typeset format, please see the compositions section of this site.