Laoise Kelly, Tola Custy and Cormac Breatnach Join Irish Chamber Orchestra for 1916 Concerts

Laoise Kelly

Laoise Kelly, Tola Custy and Cormac Breatnach Join Irish Chamber Orchestra for 1916 Concerts

Works by Doyle, Bax, Kinsella and Perkin will feature in three concerts titled 'Revolution and Rhetoric'.

Irish harper Laoise Kelly, fiddle-player Tola Custy and whistle-player Cormac Breatnach will join narrator Des Keogh and the Irish Chamber Orchestra for three concerts commemorating 1916 this April.

The musicians – who go under the title The Albiez Trio – will perform a range of traditional material plus an arrangement for harp of Roger Doyle’s Steal a Kiss.

The concert will also feature Sam Perkin’s work Pause in an arrangement for string quartet, electronics and voice. The work features fragments of the song ‘The Foggy Dew’.

A 1990 work by John Kinsella, The Splendid Years, for whistle, strings and speaker, will open the concert and this will be followed by Arnold Bax’s In Memoriam, which was written in 1916.

The concerts take place in The Mansion House, Dublin (6 April), St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick (7 April) and Glór, Ennis (8 April).

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Irish Chamber Orchestra in Heidelberg
Following the three concerts, the ICO will commence a three-year residency project at the Heidelberger Frühling
 festival in southern Germany, with concerts on 20 and 21 April.

The residency comes as a result of a connection between one of the ICO’s two artistic partners, Jörg Widmann (the other is Gábor Takács-Nagy) and the international festival. Widmann is a contributor to the Heidelberger Frühling for many years. Following a successful concert there in 2014, with piano soloist Igor Levitt performing Beethoven, the ICO were asked by Festival Director Thorsten Schmidt to develop a concept for a three-year residency. The ICO’s concerts, to take place in 2016, 2017 and 2018, will focus on Mozart piano concertos and the work of Mendelssohn, who has been central to Widmann’s work with the orchestra over the past four years.

Now in its 20th year, Heidelberger Frühling is a month-long festival of over 100 music events with a particular focus on chamber music and lieder and including a conference element and students’ academy.

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Published on 23 March 2016

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