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Monday, August 12, 2013

London Calling: Irish Classical Performers Shine in Summer Music Scene

 In London last week, I was struck by the involvement of Irish musicians in major classical music events. The list I am sure is by no means complete.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the first performance of Beethoven's nineth Symphony, John Gilhooly, chair of the Royal Philharmonic Society unveiled a plaque on the site.  By all accounts, Mr Gilhooly runs a great show at the Wigmore Hall, London's premier chamber music venue where he is CEO
Beethoven incidentally received a bigger fee for his settings of Irish songs than he did for the famous symphony.

Also during the week another Gilhooly, Owen Gilhooly was a fabulous Ferryman in the debut production of Opera Nova, an exciting  new touring group dedicated it seems to 20th century* and contemporary opera. You can read my review of the production here 

Finally members of the Irish Youth Choir joined other youth choirs in the Albert Hall for a free Proms performance of Beethoven Nineth Symphony which featured soprano Ailish Tynan as soloist

Bravo tutti!

* I should of course have added 21st century opera as the group will premier a newly commissioned work by Sally Beamish  in their next outing

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