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John Beckett, the Man and his Music

TX: 24 June 2016
Tribute to the multi-faceted John Beckett who introduced the Dublin public to Bach’s cantatas and exerted a unique influence on the development of period-performance style.

The Wild Irish Girl and her Harp

TX: 25 July 2014
A portrait of novelist and society harpist - Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan. Music on the programme includes special recordings of Owenson’s Hibernian Melodies.

A Musical Calendar of Irish Saints

TX: 16 May 2014
Stunningly beautiful chants were sung to celebrate Irish saints on feastdays during theMiddle Ages. World-premiere recordings are included in this programme.

The Snow is Dancing

TX: 28 December 2012
Remembering Claude Debussy 150 years after his birth, this programme also highlights French influences on music pedagogy in Ireland.

The Road to Maritana

TX: 5, 12, 19 October 2012
William Vincent Wallace, the composer of the once-famous opera Maritana, visited parts of the world that no other Irish musician had set foot in, and retold some amazing life experiences. World-premiere recordings of Wallace’s music were made for this three-programme documentary series
1. Ireland’s answer to Paganini
2. Dedicated to the Ladies of the United States
3. Maritana and the Opera Years

Piano Portraits – Fanny Robinson

TX: 31 August 2012
One of Ireland’s exceptionally gifted and unknown pianist-composers from the nineteenth century, Fanny Robinson fought a constant battle to achieve in a male-dominated world. Her rare talent resulted in an extraordinary compositional legacy which has not been played in over a hundred years, and until now has never been recorded.

My Gentle Harp

TX: 25 April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 2009
This 6-programme series celebrates the publication of Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies two hundred years ago. A world-premiere archive of all 124 songs was recorded especially for the series with 21 of Ireland’s finest young vocalists. Includes interview with poet Seamus Heaney.
1. The Minstrel Boy
2. She is Far from the Land
3. The Meeting of the Waters
4. Sing, sing, music is given
5. The Bard’s Legacy
6. Moore’s Last Rose