Finding a Voice  – Celebrating Women Composers

Finding a Voice – Celebrating Women Composers

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 1.00pm

Finding a Voice
Celebrating Women Composers
South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel
Curated by Roisin Maher

8–10 March

Kate Ellis (cello) and Isabelle O’Connell (piano)
RTÉ ConTempo Quartet 
Ensemble Dagda
Marie Lemaire (soprano)/ Jenny Martins (piano)
Cappella Lyrica – from CIT Cork School of Music
Voice – a cappella trio 
Ain’t I a Woman? – exhibition 
Arts and the Woman  – panel discussion 


Thursday 8th March, 1pm
Old St Mary’s Church
€12 (€6 conc.) 

Voice is a female a cappella trio who perform repertoire spanning both ages and continents. Formed in 2006, the group’s distinctive sound is driven by individual voices blending together to create beautiful harmonies.  Their programme in this opening concert will take the listener on a musical journey from the 12th-century medieval world of Hildegard of Bingen through to the present day with the premiere of the winning piece from the South Tipperary Arts Centre’s Young Composer’s Composition Competition. “If close harmony and ecclesiastical music are your thing, you will love what these three singers have created.” (Oxford Mail and Times)

Thursday 8th March, 6pm
South Tipperary Arts Centre

Ain’t I a Woman? An exhibition curated by Catherine Marshall of 3 artworks by 3 women artists to mark International Women’s day and the first centenary of Women’s Suffrage in Ireland and Britain.: Cathy Prendergast, Pauline Cummins and Aideen Barry. What links the artists across the generations is their integrity, their subversion of conventional forms of representation and their stalwart sense of humour.

Thursday 8th March, 8pm
Old St Mary’s Church
€18 (€9 conc.)

Cappella Lyrica, the award-winning female-voice choir from CIT Cork School of Music, under the directorship of Maria Judge, perform choral music and more with some very special guests, including acclaimed Irish soprano Mary Hegarty.  Our International Women’s Day evening concert will feature a new piece by Tipperary’s own Marian Ingoldsby, as well as a work by UK composer Emily Hall, premiered by the choir at Sounds from a Safe Harbour in September 2017.

Friday 9th March, 1pm
The Main Guard
€12 (€6 conc.) 

RTÉ ConTempo Quartet is currently our national broadcaster’s quartet in residence and is also the resident quartet on the West Coast of Ireland as part of the Galway Music Residency. Praised as a “fabulous foursome” (Irish Independent) and noted for performances that are “exceptional” (The Strad) and “full of imaginative daring” (The Irish Times), RTÉ ConTempo Quartet has forged a unique place in Irish musical life. Performing four very different string quartets by Irish composers Deirdre McKay, Jane O’Leary, Jennifer Walshe and Ina Boyle.

Friday 9th March, 3pm
Melview Nursing Home

A short concert by acclaimed a cappella trio Voice for residents and visitors.

Friday 9th March, 8pm
The Main Guard €18 (€9 conc.)

Early Enchantresses sees one of Ireland’s newest early music groups, Ensemble Dagda, bring music from the 17th century to vibrant life, using original instruments and a creative and playful interpretive approach. Featuring baroque violin, baroque cello, harpsichord and soprano, the ensemble mixes expressive sonatas and light-hearted dance movements with some of the most moving sacred and secular works of the time by composers including Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi and Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. 

Saturday 10th March, 11:30am
Clonmel Library

A short concert by acclaimed a cappella trio Voice for library users and the general public.

Saturday 10th March, 1pm
Old St Mary’s Church
€12 (€6 conc.) 

L’heure exquise - (The Exquisite Hour) brings Belgian soprano Marie Lemaire and Leeds-based pianist Jenny Martins together to perform a gorgeous programme of lieder and love songs in English, French and German from the 19th and early 20th centuries by composers including Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, Poldowski, Liza Lehmann and Augusta Holmès.

Saturday 10th March, 3pm
Tipperary County Museum

Arts and the Woman 100 years after getting the vote, have the arts helped to change women’s lives? Panel discussion with women working in the arts, chaired by art historian and curator Catherine Marshall, with South Tipperary Arts Centre artist-in-residence Grace Wells (poet and writer), Aideen Barry (visual artist) and Marian Ingoldsby (composer).

Saturday 10th March, 8pm
Old St Mary’s Church
€18 (€9 conc.) 

Kate Ellis (cello), artistic director of Ireland’s leading new music group Crash Ensemble, “an instinctive and technically brilliant musician” (The Irish Examiner) and Isabelle O’Connell (piano), “[one] of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene” (The New York Times) finish our series of concerts with a bang in an exciting programme of new music by Irish and American composers including Karen Power, Linda Buckley, Anna Murray, Joan Tower and Bang on a Can’s Julia Wolfe.


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Published on 20 February 2018

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