As we celebrate St Brigid’s Day, Acquiring a Voice, Europe’s foremost women in songs pageant, prepares to return for a seventh yr from March 7-10 with a feast of unforgettable songs by impressive females, in Clonmel and Cork.
Using in the two Worldwide Women’s Working day and Mother’s Working day, the 2024 festival options performances by some of Ireland’s major ensembles and performers, like Musici Eire, Madrigal ’75, Duo Anima, Amerghin, violinist Patrick Rafter, and several far more in a celebration of women’s creativeness by way of the ages and all around the globe. Audiences will get a distinctive opportunity to listen to audio by a host of wonderful female composers which includes Rebecca Clarke, Lili Boulanger, Joan Trimble, Clara Schumann, and Amy Beach.
A person of the 2024 pageant highlights will be the globe première of Irish composer Judith Ring’s new do the job The River Was By no means Concerned (2024) for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello. Commissioned by Obtaining a Voice with funding from The Arts Council, the piece was prepared primarily for main up to date new music ensemble Evlana, to whom it is dedicated. The perform focuses on the purpose of the River Suir as it flows as a result of the city of Clonmel. Judith Ring suggests “I tried out to encapsulate the river’s defensive energy together with its all-natural beauty in this piece. We are taken on a journey by way of several imaginary happenings influenced by the river’s movement by time.”
The 2024 pageant will also host the environment premières of new works by Jane O’Leary and the profitable piece in the Emerging Composer Level of competition, run in association with the Up to date Music Centre. But it is not just new tunes that audiences will be in a position to encounter – Obtaining a Voice celebrates audio by ladies composers through the ages. The voices of Madrigal ’75 below the direction of James Taylor will consider listeners on a incredibly unique journey through the tunes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, although ensemble Amerghin will merge songs from the baroque period alongside regular, people, improvised, and present-day music in their time-travelling, style-defying live performance.
Other highlights consist of the to start with visit to Eire of celebrated North African singer/songwriter Iness Mezel and traditional percussionist Nora Abdoun who take a look at the energy and attractiveness of indigenous Berber culture, as perfectly as a exclusive Mother’s Day celebration showcasing Clonmel-born soprano Kelley Petcu.
Creative Director Róisín Maher says: “I’m definitely thrilled to be celebrating 7 fantastic yrs of Obtaining a Voice and keep on to be very pleased of the fact that we have programmed the music of so numerous outstanding gals composers in that time. I’m primarily delighted to have performances in Cork this calendar year, which I feel will convey Obtaining a Voice to a full new audience, even though the coronary heart of the festival will carry on to be in my hometown of Clonmel.”
Discovering a Voice runs from March 7-10 – see findingavoice.ie for more aspects.