Dido & Aeneas and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

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Looking forward to the Conservatory of Music and Drama’s presentation of the Baroque operas on 18th and 19th January 2019. Good luck to the cast.

Purcell’s much-loved masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. The opera is full of magnificent music including Dido’s Lament, one of the most beautiful and tragic arias ever written. This is coupled with a rare opportunity to see Claudio Monteverdi’s Combat between Tancredi and Clorinda, a romance set against the backdrop of the First Crusade.

Femmes de la Belle Époque


I've discovered some wonderful music by French women composers active during the Belle Époque – Cécile Chaminade, Mélanie Bonis, Lili Boulanger and the little-known Franco-Irish composers Augusta Holmès and Hope Temple. Such brilliant music – it easily rivals their male counterparts even though they received so little recognition. Looking forward to performing with violinist Gillian Williams and mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty. Hope to see you all there on the 24th of January at the National Concert Hall. Thanks also to Sounding the Feminists for their support.

Sources and Style in Moore's Irish Melodies

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Once regarded as Ireland’s national bard, Thomas Moore's lasting reputation rests on the ten immensely popular collections of drawing-room songs known as the Irish Melodies, published between 1808 and 1834. Moore drew on anthologies of ancient music, breathing new life into the airs and bringing them before a global audience for the very first time. Recognising the unique beauty of the airs as well as their symbolic significance, these qualities were often interwoven into the verses providing potent political commentary along with a new cultural perspective.

At home and abroad, Moore’s Melodies created a realm of influence that continued to define Irish culture for many decades to come.

Notwithstanding the far-reaching appeal and success of the collections, Moore has only recently begun to receive serious attention from scholars. Una Hunt provides the first detailed study of Moore’s Irish Melodies from a combined musical and literary standpoint by drawing on a practical understanding and an unrivalled performance experience of the songs. The initial two chapters contextualize Moore and his songs through a detailed examination of their sources and style while the following chapters concentrate on the collaborative work provided by the composers Sir John Stevenson and Henry Rowley Bishop. Chapters 5 and 6 reappraise musical sources and Moore’s adaptation of these, supported and illustrated by the Table of Sources in the Appendix.

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Award-Winning Programme: John Beckett, the Man and his Music

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TX: 24 June 2016. To listen, click on Programme Archive at
http://www.rte.ie/lyricfm/the-lyric-feature/ and enter date of broadcast.

John Beckett, the Man and his Music, presented and produced by Una Hunt, has become the Bronze winner at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards 2017.

The programme is a 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.

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