Finding a Voice 2021 – #ItsAboutTime

Finding a Voice 2021 – #ItsAboutTime

Friday, 5 March 2021, 1.00pm

For the fourth edition of Finding a Voice in 2021, the concert series will again focus on the music of women composers through the ages, building and expanding on the first three highly successful series since 2018.

In 2021, Finding a Voice will continue to broaden the genres covered to include traditional music and improvised music in addition to works from the seventeenth century to the present day.  Already in the past three years Finding a Voice has programmed music by more than 70 women composers and arrangers and this number is set to grow again in 2021. 

The theme for 2021 is #ItsAboutTime and several concerts will focus on the notion of “time” in all its different iterations, from Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s epic piano piece Das Jahr [The Year], a musical diary of her travels in Italy from 1839 to 1840, to percussionist Alex Petcu-Colan’s exploration of time in relation to rhythm, tempo and duration.  Finding a Voice will also celebrate a significant anniversary in 2021 – the bi-centenary of the birth of Pauline Garcia Viardot, one of the most significant musical figures of the nineteenth century.

As the only concert series of its kind in Ireland and the British Isles Finding a Voice offers a unique opportunity to hear music-making of the highest quality by unjustly neglected women composers through the years in the beautiful setting of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

FINDING A VOICE 2021 – Programme Details

Friday 5th March 2021 @ 1pm
Alex Petcu-Colan (percussion)
About Time
Percussion music for marimba and vibraphone from one of Ireland’s leading percussionists, with a special focus on the music of Japanese composer Keiko Abe, one of the world’s most celebrated composers for the modern marimba, alongside works by Australian and Irish composers.

Keiko Abe Dream of the Cherry Blossoms
Evelyn Glennie A Little Prayer
Keiko Abe Wind in the Bamboo Grove
Ella Macens Falling Embers
Elena Kats-Chernin Violet’s Etude
Elaine Agnew New work
Andrea Keller Pierrot the Clown
Kate Moore Spiel
Ella Macens Verve
Keiko Abe Little Windows 


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Saturday 6th March 2021 @ 1pm
Marja Gaynor (fiddle), David Power (uileann pipes), John Walsh (guitar)
Traditional music, re-imagined early music and more from this dynamic trio

Saturday 6th March 2021 @ 7pm
Kelley Lonergan (soprano), Gabriela Mayer (piano), Aideen Wylde (voice)
A Woman of Genius: The Life and Music of Pauline Garcia Viardot
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Pauline Garcia Viardot (1821-1910), one of the greatest divas of the nineteenth century, soprano Kelley Lonergan Petcu and pianist Gabriela Mayer present a recital of works by Garcia Viardot, alongside readings from her letters and diaries by actor Aideen Wylde.  

Pauline Garcia Viardot Lamento, Hai luli, Fleur deséchée, Evocation, Chant du soir, Les filles de Cadix, Madrid, Canción de la Infanta and more.


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Sunday 7th March 2021 @ 1pm
Izumi Kimura (piano), Cora Venus Lunny (violin)
Live improvised sounds from this pairing of Irish-based Japanese pianist Izumi Kimura and violinist Cora Venus Lunny.  The Irish Examiner describes them as ‘one of the Irish scene’s most intriguing duos’ and ‘definitely ones to watch’. 

Sunday 7th March 2021 @ 7pm
Ellen Jansson (piano)
This concert features one of the towering works of nineteenth-century piano music, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s epic Das Jahr [The Year], a chronicle of her travels in Italy.  The thirteen movements cover the twelve months of the year and an epilogue, and is considered one of the composer’s greatest achievements.  In what we believe will be the first performance in Ireland of this outstanding work in its entirety, rising star Ellen Jansson returns to Clonmel to wow audiences again,

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Das Jahr (1841)


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Monday 8th March 2021 (International Women’s Day) @ 1pm
Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), David Bremner (piano)
Soleil couchant | End of Day
Music by French, Belgian and Irish composers including Nadia Boulanger, Augusta Holmès, Poldowski and featuring Rhona Clarke’s beautiful song cycle The End of Day, throughout which there are references to time, to its passing, moving between images of childhood and of older people.

Poldowkski L’heure esquise
Holmès L’heure de pourpre
Holmès L’heure d’azur
Nadia Boulanger Heures Ternes
Rhona Clarke The End of Day [Song Cycle]
Nadia Boulanger Soleils Couchants
Nadia Boulanger Le beau navire
Nadia Boulanger Cantique
Nadia Boulanger Chanson
Nadia Boulanger Soir d’Hiver


Monday 8th March – 7pm – International Women’s Day
La Donna Barocca 2021
Irish Baroque Orchestra
Claire Duff (violin), Malcolm Proud (harpsichord)
Price: €12
Musicians from the wonderful Irish Baroque Orchestra return to Clonmel for their third consecutive year in a programme of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Isabella Leonarda
Sonata Duodecima (Op.16, 1693) 

Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Prelude in A minor (from Pièces de clavecin, 1687) 

Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Sonata no. 2 in A minor  (from Sonates pour le Viollon et pour le Clavecin, 1707)  

Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Suite in D minor (from Pièces de clavecin, 1707)  

Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre      
Sonata no.1 in D minor   (from Sonates pour le Viollon et pour le Clavecin, 1707)


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