News Round Up: Anneleen Lenaerts & Dionysis Grammenos November Tour

18 November 2016

Audience Reaction:

“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

“We got to hear Anneleen Lenaerts and Dionysis Grammenos in Clifden last night… just a beautiful evening!! Thanks so much to Music Network, Brendan and all involved at the Station House Theatre Clifden” Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Station House Theatre



Anne Marie Kennedy of Irish Music Magazine spoke to CEO Sharon Rollson about Music Network's ethos and accomplishments.

"Music Network has a long association with Irish harp players and through those relationships we have links with groups such as Cáirde Ceol in Wexford and the Historic Harp Society of Ireland to name but two"

Sharon also spoke 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."

Read the full article here.

The Contemporary Music Centre carried details of the tour and Anne-Marie's work Klaria on their website. Anne-Marie took part in a CMC Composers' Voice talk at the premiere of her new piece at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Tuesday 8 November.

Connaught Telegraph, Tuesday 1 November 2016

This tour was also previewed in regional publications such as the Connaught Telegraph and Tralee Advertiser, and online in the and


Programme notes:

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Classical journalist and reviewer Pat O'Kelly compiled the programme notes for the harp and clarinet programme of Schumann, Schubert, Smetana and Dovreglio. Irish composer Anne-Marie O'Farrell supplied a programme note on her new piece "Klaria", commissioned by Music Network especially for this tour. Read them here.


Learning and Participation Activities:

As part of their tour, Anneleen and Dionysis facilitated seven Learning and Participation activities, in Dublin, Castlebar, Portlaoise and Athenry. These activities were in the form of masterclasses, workshops and group classes.

"Anneleen Lenaerts is that rare being who is a world-class musicians, plus a wonderful communicator and engaging educator. We are so privileged to have gotten to learn from her and see her in concert, and we are so grateful to Music Network for giving us this opportunity!" Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Athenry School of Music

Connecting our work in music performance to music education aims to give young musicians rich, holistic musical experiences. Read more on the activities for this tour, and other tours, here.



The Hugh Lane Gallery, Tuesday 8th November

The Hugh Lane Gallery, Tuesday 8th November

Credit: Frances Marshall Photography