Friday February 16th, 7.30pm - the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 70th birthday
Paul Herriott presents a concert live from the National Concert Hall, Dublin, celebrating the 70th birthday of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. On this auspicious occasion, the orchestra's former Principal Conductor Gerhard Markson, soprano Orla Boylan and pianist Finghin Collins, all three firm favourites with the orchestra and with audiences, make a welcome return to boost the celebrations. Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, WWV90 Deirdre Gribbin: The Binding Years of Piano (Piano Concerto) Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (excerpts) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Gerhard Markson (conductor) Orla Boylan (soprano) Finghin Collins (piano)
Composing the Island: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916-2016, September 7th - 25th
A new centenary project launched by Heather Humphreys (Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht), Composing the Island presents 29 concerts of orchestral, choral, instrumental, song and chamber music by Irish composers written between 1916 and 2016. For more information visit www.nch.ie/Online/Composing-the-Island. Composing the Island: A century of music in Ireland 1916-2016 is sponsored by Bord na Móna and presented by RTÉ and the National Concert Hall. In celebration of this wonderful project, RTÉ lyric fm will broadcast a host of live performances, recorded concerts and documentaries from the lyric archives, exploring the works and lives of Irish composers.
Irish Culture in Britain – A Centenary Celebration
On Thursday April 21st, The Lyric Concert broadcast live from the Wigmore Hall as part of a week-long festival celebrating Irish culture in Britain. It marked the strengthening of an important bond of friendship and reconciliation, recognising and enhancing further Ireland’s reputation for cultural excellence over the past century. The Gala Concert that evening honours those who died at Easter 1916, Irish and British, and all the soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War.
6:30pm – 7:00pm Irish Ambassador H. E. Daniel Mulhall gives a keynote address on 100 years of Irish culture.
7:00pm - 7:30pm Paul Herriott chats with our own Ann Murray ahead of tonight’s concert at the Wigmore Hall on lyric fm.
7:30pm – 10:00pm The music continues as BBC’s Sean Rafferty hosts the live programme in celebration of "Irish Culture in Britain – A Centenary celebration". Featuring Ailish Tynan, Tara Erraught, Robin Tritschler, Gavan Ring, Finghin Collins, The RTÉ Contempo Quartet and choirs for the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.