Autumn 2016 Highlights

07 December 2016

'Edges of Light' September Tour

September 2016 saw a new collaboration between dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power tour the country. 'Edges of Light' was performed in Dublin, Roscommon, Bray, Ennis, Dun Laoghaire, Clifden, Castlebar, Letterkenny, Birr, Portlaoise and Cork.

The Irish Times featured a piece on the 'Edges of Light' tour, a commission inspired by Dublin Mean Time reflected by the concert start time of 8.25pm. Read the full article: Traditional authenticism bound by music and running with time

Credit: John Soffe Photography

“We saw the show in Roscommon Arts Centre last night. It’s brilliant! GO TO SEE IT! You will not be disappointed. Talented musicians and amazing dancer who put enormous energy into his performance. I knew many people in the audience and they all had a very enjoyable evening. Well done and thanks for coming out to the regions.” Hannah Mole, Roscommon Arts Centre


Nathalia Milstein Solo Piano October Tour

Music Network’s Autumn 2016 season continued with the winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition 2015 performing a programme of Bach, Mozart, Bartók, Liszt, Ravel and Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey. Nathalia performed at venues in Dublin, Roscommon, Bray, Ennis, Dún Laoghaire, Clifden, Castlebar, Letterkenny, Birr, Portlaoise and Cork.

Jay Wilson of reviewed Nathalia's performance at St. Ann's Church

"Milstein gives a riveting performance of Gráinne Mulvey’s Interference Patterns, drawing on the lyrical style of the Liszt that preceded it, and also the intense energy of The Chase from the Bartók suite."

Read the full review here.

Credit: Frances Marshall Photography

"She really proved herself to be a most worthy winner of the competition. She chose a wonderful programme, full of variety and musical interest and delivered a true 'tour de force'" David Mooney, St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street


Chamber Choir Ireland with Chatham Saxophone Quartet October Tour

Music Network and Chamber Choir Ireland presented a very special collaboration between the Choir and Chatham Saxophone Quartet, in a programme of exquisite spiritual music featuring repertoire by Arvo Pärt, Gesualdo, Kantscheli, Bruckner and Britten, conducted by renowned British musicologist James Wood. They performed at venues in Drogheda, Limerick, Belfast, Dublin and Wexford.

In conjunction with this tour, Music Network engaged composer Elaine Agnew to devise and facilitate a series of exciting workshops with school choirs and community-based choral groups. Through vocal and percussive composition and improvisation, participants will explore melody, harmony and structure, and trace their development in choral music from Gesualdo to Pärt.

Credit: Frances Marshall Photography

"It was one of the most truly beautiful concerts we have ever attended!! The choir are awesome - such control and voices - and the Chatham saxophone quartet superb. We were blown away - stunning night of music. Thank you!!" Gillian Faulkner, St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street

Anneleen Lenaerts & Dionysis Grammenos November Tour

The final tour of Music Network's Autumn 2016 season featured two dazzling virtuosi Anneleen Lenaerts & Dionysis Grammenos, performing the premiere of a new Music Network commission by Irish composer Anne-Marie O’Farrell, as well as works from the Romantic era by Schumann, Schubert, Smetana and Verdi. The chamber duo visited Dublin, Tralee, Dún Laoghaire, Clifden, Portlaoise and Castlebar.

CEO Sharon Rollston spoke to Irish Music Magazine about a newly commission piece for harp and clarinet by Anne-Marie O'Farrell that would be premiered on this tour.

"Anne-Marie will create a piece for an Irish Music Network tour with Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts and the Greek clarinettist Dionysis Grammenos, [...] celebrating the harp in another unique style and bringing the finished work to our countrywide audiences."

Anne-Marie gave a Composers' Voice talk at the premiere of her new piece, Klaria , at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Tuesday 8 November. Composers' Voice is an audience development initiative of the Contemporary Music Centre and is made possible through the continued funding of the Centre by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaionn.

Credit: Frances Marshall Photography

“Just back from this stunning concert. How lucky we are in Clifden to hear such superb musicians. Thanks so much Music Network. We so need this kind of beauty in these times.” Robyn Rowland, Station House Theatre


Avoca - A Celtic Journey, Sunday 20th November

To celebrate Music Network’s 30th anniversary year, a number of special events and commissions took place in addition to its Autumn tours, including the premiere of a Music Network-commissioned work for large-scale harp ensemble by the celebrated Irish composer Philip Martin.

Former principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra David Brophy conducted a large scale harp ensemble including 40-50 professional and non-professional harpers.  The ensemble was 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 was designed to acknowledge the richness of contemporary harp practice in Ireland.

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.


Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen End of Year Concerts

Music Network's Autumn 2016 closed with two very special concerts in Dublin and Wexford featuring the meditative and exquisitely beautiful soundscape of Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s cross-genre collaboration with Oslo’s early-music ensemble Trio Mediæval in a programme of Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish hymns, chants and folk songs.

To celebrate Music Network's 30th anniversary at this concert, a presentation including key achievements and photos from the archives was displayed at a reception in the Royal College of Physicians on Saturday 26th November. View some of the images here.

"It was an incredible concert - evocative, artfully crafted yet very innovative while staying true to some very old traditions. One of the best performances I have been at!" Hilda Milner, Freemasons' Hall