Music Network 30th Anniversary Concert -  Avoca: a Celtic Journey

Music Network 30th Anniversary Concert -  Avoca: a Celtic Journey

The premiere of a Music Network commissioned work for large-scale harp ensemble Avoca: A Celtic Journey, by the celebrated Irish composer Philip Martin.

Tour Dates

Sun 20 Nov, 5:30 pm Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Music Network is delighted to present the premiere of a newly commissioned work for large-scale harp ensemble by the celebrated Irish composer Philip Martin to be performed on Sunday 20th November, 5.30pm in the Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. 

Former principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra David Brophy will conduct a large scale harp ensemble including Laoise Kelly, Anne-Marie O'Farrell, Gráinne Hambly, Dearbhail Finnegan, Tríona Marshall, Deirdre Granville, Fiona Gryson, Áine Ní Dhubhgaill, Claire O' Donnell, Eilís Lavelle, Teresa O'Donnell and 40-50 professional and non-professional harpers.  The ensemble will be completed with traditional singer Liam O’Maonlai, Aoife Nic Athlaoich (cello) and Cuan Ó Seiradáin & Jacqueline McCarthy (French horns). In celebration of Music Network’s 30th anniversary year, this event is designed to acknowledge the richness of contemporary harp practice in Ireland.  

“For centuries the harp has been closely linked with Irish identity and nationality, so given the year that’s in it, it seems only fitting that we celebrate our own anniversary with a large-scale harping event,” says Sharon Rollston, Music Network CEO.

This spectacular live performance follows in the tradition of the famous Belfast Harp Festival of 1792, when folk music collector Edward Bunting annotated dozens of traditional harp tunes, helping to preserve our ancient harping tradition. As a complementary second strand within this project, leading solo harpers will be filmed and recorded in a studio setting performing the entire first volume of the historic Bunting Collection, creating an audio-visual archive that both preserves these melodies, and through their interpretation, reflects the diversity of practice of today’s harpers.

Philip Martin’s Avoca: A Celtic Journey is presented with funding from the Arts Council’s DEIS & Traditional Arts Commissions Awards.

Programme
Paul Dooley - Irish harp (wire strung)
Albiez Trio – Laoise Kelly (harp), Tola Custy (fiddle), Cormac Breatnach (whistle)
Interval
Philip Martin’s Avoca: A Celtic Journey
A new commission for massed harp ensemble to mark Music Network’s 30th anniversary

Sun 20 Nov Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8 5:30 pm , FREE 01 4750224 Music Network