Mark­ing 200 years of Melodies

THE HARP THAT ONCE THROUGH TARA’S HALLS: A CEL­E­BRA­TION OF THE 200TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF MOORE’S IR­ISH MELODIES St Ann’s Church, Daw­son St, Dublin Sat 8pm €20 08-6332891

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“Moore has a pe­cu­liar­ity of tal­ent, or rather tal­ents – po­etry, mu­sic, voice, all his own; and an ex­pres­sion in each, which was, nor will be, pos­sessed by an­other”. This praise of Thomas Moore came from By­ron, and this year’s cel­e­bra­tions of the bi­cen­te­nary of the pub­li­ca­tion of Moore’s Ir­ish Melodies will give op­por­tu­ni­ties aplenty for the dura­bil­ity of Moore’s work to be tested.

Next month stu­dents from the DIT Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic and Drama’s Thomas Moore Fes­ti­val for Young Singers, held last Jan­uary, em­bark on a na­tion­wide tour with pi­anist Una Hunt. A trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion, My Gen­tle Harp, Moore’s Ir­ish Melodies 1808-2008, moves from the Royal Ir­ish Academy of Mu­sic to the Rory Gal­lagher Mu­sic Li­brary in Cork at the beginning of next month. And this Satur­day an un­usual ar­ray of tal­ents cel­e­brates Moore’s work at St Ann’s Church, Daw­son Street, in Dublin. With a line-up of Róisín El­safty (sean nós singer), John El­wes (tenor), Siob­hán Arm­strong, Ann Hey­mann (harps), and Malcolm Proud (on an 1825 Cle­menti square pi­ano), the singers and play­ers aptly tra­verse the bound­aries be­tween the tra­di­tional and clas­si­cal dis­ci­plines in mu­sic.

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