Tuesday 12 November 2019

New music festival will promote contemporary composers

Ardú will feature in ‘An Evening of Irish Contemporary Music’
Ardú will feature in ‘An Evening of Irish Contemporary Music’

Simon Bourke

A trio of local musicians have joined forces to create a new festival which promises to celebrate the talent of contemporary Irish composers.

The Crescent Contemporary Music Festival is the brainchild of James Warren, Rebecca Warren and Ann Wickham and will take place on Novemeber 9 in Green Acres Gallery. It will spotlight the work of a living Irish composer in a lunchtime presentation before showcasing several contemporary compositions by various artists in an evening concert later that day.

Beginning at 1 p.m. the first scheduled performance will see renowned composer Marian Ingoldsby joined on stage by the Chrysalis Trio and soprano Valerie Leahy for 'A Lunchtime Concert with Marian Ingoldsby'.

The Festival will officially launch at 2.15 p.m. before the Ardú vocal ensemble, clarinettist Paul Roe and The Degani Piano Trio come together for 'An Evening of Irish Contemporary Music' at 8 p.m. This show will include works by Sue Furlong, Philip Martin and Amanda Ferry

Explaining why she and her fellow organisers decided to create the festival, Ann Wickham said, 'We saw an opening for a festival which celebrates contemporary classical music and those who play it. Although it's a popular form of music there aren't many places where it's played.'

And although this is the first iteration of the festival, plans are already afoot to grow and expand it in future years.

'For this year it's just going to be a one-day event but the long-term plan is to expand it and include workshops and different activities,' said Ann. 'This will be the perfect festival for someone who wants to dip their toe into contemporary music, it's an informal setting and will be a good opportunity for young musicians to see classical music being performed.'

Tickets for the afternoon and evening concert are sold separately at €10 and €15 respectively and are available from Green Acres, Trax Music Store and eventbrite.

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