The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet is one of Europe's most successful quartets, internationally recognised for its beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation... more about the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
Heaney's poem The Given Note - about the Blasket fiddler who retrieves the mysterious Port na bPúcaí (The Fairies' Tune) from Inisvicillane - is the conceptual touchstone or fulcrum for this music. The poem's fiddler becomes a metaphor for the poet himself, for his seeing and hearing of the beauties, ordinary and extraordinary mysteries of the world... more about Rachel's The Given Note
A Derry snapshot from the mid-1970s. The city's main bookshop on Shipquay Street has its window display of new publications. Nothing unusual about this, except that there is only one book on display, North, in what seem a hundred duplications of the Faber pale-blue cover... more about Kevin's "Where should this music be?"
My work is titled Across a clear blue sky, inspired by Heaney's Anything Can Happen (also published under the title Horace and the Thunder). I've concentrated on the inspiration behind the writing of the poem - the 9/11 attacks - and have tried to respond to that event with the same kind of dignity that Heaney has done in his poem... more about Ian's Across a clear blue sky