A concert of Irish harp music, and a new exchange with Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Irish Composers on Irish Music

Anne-Marie O'Farrell (harp)

4.30pm, 31 May, 12 Henrietta St.
with @The Drawing Room

The final event in the AIC’s Irish Composers on Irish Music concert series sees us join forces with @TheDrawing Room to present a very special concert in the beautiful Georgian house at 12 Henrietta St.

Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s harp recital on 31st May features two kinds of harp, the pedal harp (normally used in classical orchestral settings), and the Irish harp, a modern version of our national instrument. The repertoire chosen expresses a range of musical languages explored by composers on these instruments over the last fifty years, from John Kinsella’s Allegro Giocoso of 1966, when the semitone mechanism on the Irish harp was an extremely basic one, to Anne-Marie’s own recent composition, Chromatétude which creates 12-note textures on the harp while also giving a nod to much older music heard at the Belfast 1792 harp festival. Kinsella’s work is also a representative piece from Sheila Larchet Cuthbert’s seminal volume for Irish harp, ‘The Irish Harp Book’. Pedal harp repertoire features the voices of James Wilson in his Sonata, Frank Corcoran with In the Deep Heart’s Core and Gráinne Mulvey in Explorations, who in their distinctive ways delve into the large timbral and pitch range of the pedal harp. A number of the works are receiving their first performance, including Mary Kelly’s three Aislingí for Irish harp. The recital creates a welcome opportunity to perform Boydell’s seldom heard but most idiomatic Triptych for Irish harp, and to give a further performance of David Bremner’s miniature Pool.

Irish Composers on Irish Music is supported by the Arts Council. The Association of Irish Composers is supported by IMRO.

PLUS: start your evening off with a walking tour of North Dublin's sights and places

Tickets available from
Concert and walk: €30 
Concert only: €15

Hanan Hadžajlić (flute)


28 May, Bosniak Institut, Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The AIC are delighted to announce the details of an exchange project with flautist/composer Hanan Hadzajlic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hanan will perform a programme of music by Irish and Bosnian composers on 28 May in Sarajevo, followed by a concert here in Dublin in June. Composer John Buckley will travel to Sarajevo with the support of Culture Ireland to give a pre-concert talk on his own work and on Irish contemporary music. Hanan will also perform some of the selected Irish works in Croatia later in June.

Rhona Clarke – Four Pieces for solo flute
John Buckley – Two fantasias for solo alto flute
Fergus Johnson – Two pieces for solo flute
Ian Wilson – Die Zwitschert Machine
Raymond Deane – Tekeli-li
Aliser Sijaric – Breath for solo alto flute
Igo Karaca – Piece for solo piccolo
Dino Residbegovic – Three pieces for solo flute
Hanan Hadzajlic – Étude for three parts of a flute

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