RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 Season

Horizons 2012: Featured composer: RONAN GUILFOYLE Contemporary Music Series | Free lunchtime concert
Tuesday 17 January 1.05pm-2pm
National Concert Hall

Ronan Guilfoyle Hands
Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra [c. 20']
Workshop and preview performance
Hands will receive its world première on Friday 20 January in 'Wired'.

Rick Peckham electric guitar
Scott Stroman conductor

Ronan on Hands
'After Jimi Hendrix, the electric guitar became an instrument with incredible sonic range and power. In Hands, I've harnessed the power and colouristic possibilities of this amazing instrument and allied it to the power and colouristic possibilities of the modern symphony orchestra. The electric guitar is the most popular instrument in the world today, yet it is not represented in the "classical" world. Now I want to show it off in an orchestral context, and the rhythmic and improvisational skills of the great guitarist. Rick Peckham.'

Hands, is in three movements, is very rhythmic and uses improvisation in the first movement which finishes with an improvised cadenza - a kind of throwback to the early 19th century practice of concerto soloists, though this time through the very contemporary medium of the electric guitar' Ronan Guilfoyle

12.30pm in association with the Contemporary Music Centre

Video diaries: Ronan kept a video diary as he composed his new work. See the first two instalments. 'Beginning' and 'Annaghmakerrig'.

Tickets: Admission free | Ticketed event
Booking: 01 417 0000 or online

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