Finding A Voice

Mar 06 2020 - Mar 08 2020
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1-3 Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Tipperary,

Finding a Voice is a weekend of concerts in Clonmel to celebrate International Women's Day. Featuring leading Irish and international performers, playing music by women composers, to show the range and depth of creativity of women through the ages

Finding a Voice is a three-day concert series based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary that focuses exclusively on music by women composers through the ages, in celebration of International Women's Day - 8th March.

Founded in 2017 by sisters Roisin Maher (Curator - Lecturer at CIT Cork School of Music) and Cliona Maher (Administrator - Director of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival), over the past two years the concert series has featured music by more than fifty women composers, from Hildegard of Bingen to newly commissioned works, and performances from leading Irish and international musicians.

The third edition of Finding a Voice will take place from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March 2020.

The concerts will be broad-ranging in terms of the music being performed: since women have been writing music for centuries, their goal is to enable audiences to listen to and experience a wide variety of styles, eras and sound worlds over the course of the three days.

Many of the women whose music is performed were acknowledged and celebrated in their own lifetimes but have since disappeared from view. In showcasing their music, their aim is to demonstrate that women composers writing music today are not a recent phenomenon, but part of an unbroken tradition stretching back hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

In 2020, Finding a Voice will focus on further broadening the genres covered to include traditional Irish music and jazz in addition to music from the middle ages to the present day. Performers will include the RTE ConTempo Quartet, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, acclaimed Irish pianist Isabelle O'Connell, Australian flautist Lina Andonovska, harpist AnneMarie O'Farrell, traditional fiddle player Edel Sullivan and the CIT Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band.

Friday 6th March 2020
1pm – Old St Mary’s Church
Andreea Banciu (viola) and Aileen Cahill (piano)

7.30pm – Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel
RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Aileen Cahill (piano)

Saturday 7th March
1pm – Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel
Lina Andonovska (flute) Isabelle O’Connell (piano)

6.30pm – Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel
Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band

9pm – Old St Mary’s Church
Isabelle O’Connell (piano)

Sunday 8th March – International Women’s Day
1pm – Main Guard, Clonmel
Anne Marie O’Farrell (harp)

3pm – Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel
Edel Sullivan (fiddle), Brid Dunne (piano)

7.30pm – Main Guard, Clonmel
Irish Baroque Orchestra