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
“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.