‘Of our Times’ Spring 2012 Series commences on February 1st with ‘Bewitched’ by Ian Wilson

Deirdre Moynihan (soprano) & Members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra: Kenneth Rice (violin), Nichola Sweeney (violin), Joachim Roewer (viola), Malachy Robinson (bass)

(This event is part of ‘Music in Healthcare Settings’ seminar at 4 pm on same day)

In 2010, the National Centre for Arts and Health at AMNCH hosted an exciting new residency funded by The Arts Council of Ireland. Ian Wilson was Composer-in-Residence at the stroke unit for three months. Wilson wrote a new work for Soprano (Ms Deirdre Moynihan) and String Quartet (2 violins, viola and double bass) and) based on the experiences of patients with stroke and staff in the unit. The final work is entitled Bewitched. Members of The Irish Chamber Orchestra returned to the hospital following a successful residency in 2006, performing for patients and conducting open rehearsals of the composition in progress. Patients and staff in the Age Related Health Care Unit were crucial to developing this new work.  The work was first performed in the hospital on Wednesday November 24th 2010 to great acclaim and the project was awarded the Arts Council Touring Award to tour this innovative performance to four diverse venues in 2011/2012, including today’s event at the Irish World Academy.

Ian Wilson was born in Belfast and began composing while at University. He has written nearly one hundred works, including chamber operas, concertos, string quartets, a range of orchestral and chamber music and multi-media pieces. His compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents, and presented at festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt Bookfair and at venues such asNew York’s Carnegie Hall,London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls,Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw,Vienna’s Musikverein andTokyo’s Suntory Hall.

Deirdre Moynihan – Soprano

As a soprano soloist Deirdre has performed with many orchestral, choral, operatic & chamber music groups both on the International stage and throughoutIreland.  Festival and recital series performances include Lyric FM Lunchtime Choice Concert Series, The Hugh Lane Gallery “Sunday’s at Noon”, Ardee Baroque Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, Living Music Festival, Waterford International Music Festival, Dublin Guitar Festival and West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Her international career includes concerts inAmerica,Japan,Canada,Israel,Brazil,Lebanon,Chinaand throughoutEurope. She has recently performed with the R.T.É Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble and Con Tempo string quartet. Deirdre holds an MA in vocal performance from The Cork School of Music and she has received a number of Bursary Awards from The Arts Council of Ireland for the continued study and performance of baroque and renaissance repertoire.

Members of The Irish Chamber Orchestra: Kenneth Rice, Violin, Nicola Sweeney, Violin, Joachim Roewer, Viola Malachy Robinson, Double Bass

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