From Europe with Love: Ireland
2020 starts a celebratory year as Galway both city and county becomes European Capital of Culture.
Lunchtime with ConTempo’s ambitious project, From Europe with Love, continues with a focus on music from Ireland!
This is Year Two of the Galway Music Residency’s series celebrating the musical heritage of the European Union, which explores the string quartet repertoire from each of the 27 countries. This month, we are delighted that our guest speaker is the Galway City Arts Officer, James Harrold.
ConTempo will open the concert with the world premiere of Jane O’Leary’s quartet, Forever begin… (Fanfare for a New Year), a reflection on lines from Brendan Kennelly’s poem, Begin -‘something
that will not acknowledge conclusion, insists that we forever begin’. A fanfare is an announcement of something important which is about to happen; there is a sense of excitement, hope and
optimism in this music specially composed for the start of 2020 in Galway.
While Jane’s premiere represents the 21st century, the other work on the programme is by an Irish composer who has been called ‘the most prolific and significant female composer from Ireland
before 1950’. Ina Boyle's String Quartet of 1934 was performed only once during her lifetime, but is now having a welcome revival in the hands of ConTempo. Ina Boyle remained at home in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow while most Irish artists were heading to England, and consequently her works were rarely performed. She travelled regularly to England for lessons with Ralph Vaughan Williams, who thought very highly of her.
The Port of Galway is the generous title sponsor of From Europe with Love. Admission to this event is free and open to all, though early arrival is recommended.