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
Buildings come & go, but the essential nature of the human spirit, which Beethoven so encapsulates remains constant."http://t.co/Cl4eAB9gwMBeethoven incidentally received a bigger fee for his settings of Irish songs than he did for the famous symphony.
— Philharmonic Society (@RoyalPhilSoc) August 12, 2013
.@fidleir got paid a lot more for those songs than @RoyalPhilSoc gave me for me Ninth Symphony ;-)
— Beethoven Bust (@Beethoven_Bust) January 30, 2013
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
Here's a treat. #CurlewRiver pics @StJohnsSmithSq w/ @MarkMilhofer @unclehooly. Next stop @PresteigneFest 21+22 Aug pic.twitter.com/964IP7yqka
— NovaMusic (@NovaMusicOpera) August 11, 2013
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
A hugely memorable Beethoven 9 last night - bravo to @nyotweets @codettaderry @nycgb @irishyouthchoir @AilishTynanEire @GeraldFinley et al
— Petroc Trelawny (@PetrocTrelawny) August 12, 2013
* 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