My Tunes with Aedín Gormley

    My Tunes

    My Tunes

    In each programme Aedín Gormley invites a guest to select, listen to and discuss a number of music pieces that hold a special meaning for them.

     
     

    27th December: Sheila Larchet Cuthbert

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    Sheila Larchet Cuthbert is one of Ireland's finest harpists who has played a big part in the promotion and teaching of both the Irish harp and the concert harp in Ireland. Her father John Larchet was an eminent composer and Director of Music at the Abbey Theatre from 1907-1934. He was also Professor of Harmony and Counterpoint at the Royal Irish Academy of Music from 1920-1955 and Professor of Music at UCD from 1921-1958.

     
    Linda Buckley - 1st October 2012

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    Aedín's guest this week is Linda Buckley, RTÉ lyric fm's Composer-in-Residence. From the Old Head of Kinsale and currently based in Dublin, her music has been described as "strange and beautiful" (Boston Globe, July 2004), a "fascinating interaction between live sound and electronics" (Irish Times, November 2006), with "an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers working in the medium" (Journal of Music, September 2008). She holds a Ph.D in Composition from Trinity College, where she also lectures.

     
    Marie Mullen - Monday 24th September 2012

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    Marie Mullen is one of Ireland's greatest stage actors, Druid Theatre co-founder and Tony Award winner. A native of Sligo, Marie came to study in what was then University College Galway (UCG) in 1971. It was in UCG's drama society that she met Garry Hynes, with whom she would go on to establish Druid Theatre, along with the late Mick Lally. One of the many awards that Marie has won during her acting career was a Tony Award in 1998 for her portrayal of Maureen Folan in Druid's production of Martin McDonagh's 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane'. This year Marie is performing in DruidMurphy, the epic project which sees Druid Theatre staging three of Tom Murphy's plays - Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine. "

     
    Michael McGlynn - 17th September 2012

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    Aedín's guest this week is Dublin-born composer, producer and director Michael McGlynn. In 1987 Michael founded Anúna who have released 16 albums, almost exclusively featuring Michael's arrangements and original works. Three of these have featured in the U.S Billboard Charts while 'Deep Dead Blue' was nominated for a Classical Brit Award in 2000. Anúna's latest album, 'Illumination', features a selection of Michael's music and arrangements specially recorded for the 25th anniversary of the group. Michael McGlynn's music has been recorded and performed by such internationally recognised vocal ensembles as Rajaton, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the BBC Singers and Chanticleer.

     
    Michael McHale - 10th September 2012

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    Belfast born pianist Michael McHale has established himself as one of the leading Irish pianists of his generation. Since completing his studies at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, he has developed an international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Michael has performed as concerto soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony and Moscow Symphony orchestras, the London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras in repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin and Rachmaninov. Michael has just recorded his début solo album on the RTÉ lyric fm label entitled 'The Irish Piano' for release this autumn.

     

    Annilese Miskimmon

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    Annilese Miskimmon recently completed her tenure as Artistic Director of Opera Theatre Company and is about to take up her new post as the General Manager/Artistic Director of Danish National Opera. Born in Belfast and raised in Bangor, Annilese read English at Christ's College, Cambridge and studied Arts Management at London City University. She was Glyndebourne's Consultant Associate Director. As well as memorable productions with OTC such as Fidelio in Kilmainham Jail, Vera of Las Vegas and The Diary of Anne Frank, Annilese combined her Opera Theatre Company work with international directing roles and recently received a South Bank Sky Arts 2012 nomination for Mignon at The Buxton Opera Festival. She has also worked with many of the world's leading conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Mark Elder.

     
    Judith Woodworth

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    Aedín's guest this evening is Judith Woodworth spent 18 years as director of the National Concert Hall. She maintained the Concert Hall's ranking as Ireland's premier venue for classical music, as well as establishing its profile internationally. She established an ongoing Celebrity Concert and International Orchestral Series, in which recent performers have included The Vienna Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Cecilia Bartoli, Maxim Vengerov and Yo Yo Ma.
    (First broadcast in May 2011)

     
    John Corrigliano - 18th June 2012

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    John Corigliano has written three symphonies, as well as concerti for clarinet, flute, violin, oboe, percussion and piano. His film scores include the Oscar award-winning soundtrack for the film The Red Violin and his opera, The Ghosts of Versailles, enjoyed huge success, including a production in 2009 at Wexford Festival Opera. Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. In 2007 he released an orchestral song cycle Mr Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan. He is one of the few living composers to have a string quartet named after him and was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Symphony No.2.

     
    Marvin Hamlisch - 11th June 2012

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    Marvin Hamlisch who has won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards.For Broadway he has written the music for "They're playing our Song', as well as his groundbreaking show, "A Chorus Line" which received the Pulitzer Prize. He is the composer of more than forty film scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for "The way we were" and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for "The Sting", for which he received a third Oscar.

     
    Iarla Ó Lionáird - 4th June 2012

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    Aedín's guest this evening is one of Ireland's most distinctive voices Iarla Ó Lionáird. Iarla originally comes from Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht, an area known for its music tradition. Through his many recordings Iarla has established himself as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós as well as an artist who has very much created his own musical journey with music that goes far beyond the boundaries of any one genre. Iarla signed to the prestigious Real World label in the mid-1990's and went on to make many ground breaking recordings with the Afro Celt Sound System. Solo albums 'Seven Steps to Mercy' (1997), 'Invisible Fields' (2005) and his third solo album 'Foxlight' released last year have brought widespread acclaim. Iarla also enjoys collaborating with a wide variety of musicians from The Crash Ensemble to his latest band The Gloaming. Tonight he chooses plenty of singers Padraig O Tuama, Bob Dylan, Dawn Upshaw and Brian Eno among them.

     
    Peter O'Brien - 28th May 2012

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    Aedín's guest is Dublin-born fashion designer Peter O'Brien who has long been recognised as one of Ireland's leading designers, having worked for many international fashion houses including Givenchy, Christian Dior, Chloe and Rochas. Back home he has impressed with his collections for A Wear and Arnotts, as well as being a judge on Style Wars. We have also seen his costume designs on the stages of The Gate and Abbey theatres.
    (First broadcast: August 2011)

     
    Patrick Cassidy - 21st May 2012

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    Composer Patrick Cassidy was born in Claremorris, County Mayo and now lives in Los Angeles. His oratorio, The Children of Lir, with libretto in Irish, was his first important work. It was composed in 1990 and first performed in 1993 by the Tallis Choir. Patrick went on to write Famine Remembrance which premiered in 1996 at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. Notable film score credits include Veronica Guerin, Kingdom of Heaven and the critically acclaimed aria 'Vide Cor Meum' which Cassidy wrote for the film Hannibal. Last year Patrick recorded a new setting of the Latin Mass with The London Symphony Orchestra and London Voices and he has just completed a new soundtrack in Rome for the latest screen version of Romeo and Juliet.

     
    Joann Falletta (Photo: Cheryl Gorski)

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    JoAnn Falletta was appointed as The Ulster Orchestra's principal conductor in May 2011. She is the first female to be appointed and first American to hold the position since the orchestra's inception in 1966. JoAnn is the Grammy award-winning music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York and has been described by the New York Times as "one of the finest conductors of her generation". She has been guest conductor with the Los Angeles and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony.

     
    John Boorman - 7th May 2012

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    Aedín's guest is British film-maker John Boorman who has made Wicklow his home for the last 40 years and is best known for his feature films Hell in the Pacific, Deliverance, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Beyond Rangoon, The General and The Tailor of Panama. For this edition of My Tunes, John Boorman discusses the music he chooses to create the soundtracks for his films. From the duelling banjos of Deliverance to Wagnerian opera in Excalibur and Richie Buckley's snazzy saxophone tunes in The General.
     

     
    Christopher Gabbitas - 30th April 2012

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    Ahead of their performance in The National Concert Hall, Aedín's guest is Christopher Gabbitas, 2nd baritone with The King's singers.
    The British acappella vocal ensemble The King's Singers celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008. Their name recalls King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars. Hugely popular with U.K audiences in the 1970s and early 1980s, they subsequently reached out to a wider international audience. In February 2009 their CD, Simple Gifts, won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album. Today the ensemble travels worldwide for its performances, appearing in around 125 concerts each year.

     
    Natalie Clein - 23rd April 2012
    (photo Ray Burmiston)

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    Natalie Clein has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes, including the Classical BRIT Award for Young British Performer of 2005. She won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1994 and in the same year was the first ever British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Warsaw. Her international career continues to gain momentum with concerts all over the world and several CDs. She is a committed mentor of young talent and has worked gives frequent master-classes and workshops.

     
    Julia Carruthers - 16th April 2012

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    Julia Carruthers is the former head of dance and performance at London's Southbank. She has also worked with leading arts organisations such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Michael Clark Company and was dance officer at the Arts Council of England. Last August she was appointed director of the Dublin Dance Festival which takes place this year from May 11th to 26th. She talks to Aedín Gormley about her own favourite pieces of music.

     
    Neville Marriner - 9th April 2012

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    Conductor Neville Marriner began his professional life as a violinist, first in a string quartet and trio, then in the London Symphony Orchestra, during which the founded the acclaimed Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in 1959 which has become one of the most comprehensively recorded chamber orchestras in the world. He left the London Symphony Orchestra in 1969 and founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, at the same time extending the repertoire of the Academy and guest conducting symphony orchestras around the world. Acknowledged as one of the most prominent figures in classical music living today, he talks to Aedín Gormley about his own favourite pieces of music.

     
    Adrian Le Harivel - 2nd April 2012

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    This week's guest is Adrian Le Harivel, Curator of British Art at the National Gallery of Ireland. As part of Dublin City Public Libraries "One City, One Book" initiative, Adrian is giving a lecture on the musical events in this year's featured book, James Joyce's Dubliners. Adrian's music choices include works closely associated with Joyce's stories by Michael Balfe and William Vincent Wallace, but also some selections which have a more personal resonance.

     

     

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