The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott presents A Bill Whelan Gala

Pictured - Zoe Conway, Gavin Maloney, Sir James Galway, Catherine Leonard and Bill Whelan

On Saturday June 21st as part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014 celebrations, RTÉ lyric fm played host to a gala performance by Sir James Galway and a host of special guests, of an evening of celebrating the music of Limerick-born Bill Whelan. The concert included the world premiere of a new work by Whelan, Linen and Lace.

The concert was broadcast live from the University Concert Hall, Limerick and featured Sir James Galway on flute, Zoë Conway (violin), Catherine Leonard (violin), dancer Colin Dunne and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gavin Maloney. The programme included Carna: An Chistin, the Riverdance Symphonic Suite, Inishlacken and Linen and Lace (RTÉ lyric fm commission).
Click for the Lyric Concert webpage and to hear the full concert

During the interval, Ellen Cranitch spoke with Bill Whelan about his days as a session musician.
Download the interview with Bill Whelan

Earlier at 7m we heard 'Let the Music Sing'. Seán Rocks meets Sir James Galway as he passes on his legacy to a host of musicians in Masterclasses in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Listen to 'Let the Music Sing'

One the highlights of the evening for all concerned was the spontaneous singalong, as the audience joined Sir James Galway in a performance of Danny Boy:


 

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