RTÉ is set to kick off the second annual RTÉ Big Music Week with a week-long celebration of sound between Monday 10 – Sunday 16 October 2011.
Now in its second year, RTÉ Big Music Week celebrates the music which RTÉ brings to its audiences in Ireland and all over the world; on radio, on television, online and in live performance.
So as summer fades into the distance, and with it the wonderful outdoor festivals and events that Ireland has embraced so warmly to showcase its vast musical talent, rely on RTÉ to rejuvenate that festival feeling with a superb array of live and recorded music brought directly to you across all of our services: RTÉ Radio, RTÉ Television, RTÉ Online and RTÉ Performing Groups.
RTÉ Radio’s four FM stations along with RTÉ 2XM, our specialist alternative music station on Digital Radio, have lined up a schedule of music programming that is as diverse as it is exciting.
Celebrations will begin on Monday 10 October as RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta feature performances from finalists in this year’s RAAP/RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursaries. The four winning acts of the €20,000 bursary will be announced at a special gala concert on Thursday 13 October and highlights from the concert will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday 16 October.
Live music will continue on RTÉ Radio 1 throughout the week as Tuesday sees Ronan Collins hosting a live concert from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra accompanied by very special guest Aslan, Neil Hannon and TBC; on Wednesday The Mooney Show will search for the country’s most talented buskers in a live outside broadcast just off Grafton Street, the home of busking in Dublin; Thursday will feature a night of live music on Arena with Sean Rocks as the programme collaborates with arts collective Nighthawks; and on Friday, Ronan Collins will be in conversation with prolific musician Mike Scott about his life as frontman of Irish band The Waterboys and his latest album ‘An Appointment with Mr. Yeats’. The weekend gives way to even more live music on RTÉ Radio 1 as we broadcast a special Countrytime concert from the Sean O’Casey Community Centre in Dublin, presented by CMA’s Broadcaster of the Year, Sandy Harsch, and on Sunday night we wrap things up with a very special intimate concert live from St. James’ Church in Dingle, Kerry, hosted by South Wind Blows and Other Voices presenter, Philip King. Both RTÉ Radio 1’s Documentary on One and Drama on One will feature special music-based programmes across the weekend too.
Along with featuring music from the RAAP/RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursaries finalists throughout the week, RTÉ 2fm’s Ruth and Paddy will be extending their Big Busking Challenge to feature across both Saturday and Sunday as part of RTÉ Big Music Week. RTÉ 2fm’s digital sister station, RTÉ 2XM is Ireland’s only alternative music station available on Digital Radio and they have a week full of live music lined up especially for RTÉ Big Music Week featuring performances from bands such as Kopek and Declan O’Rourke.
The very best orchestras and performers are at the forefront of RTÉ lyric fm’s schedule for RTÉ Big Music Week. On Monday, Paul Herriott In Tempo will feature a Coffee Concert from West Cork, we’ll be joined by the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir in Liz Nolan’s Lunchtime Classics and The Lyric Concert will feature the finest young talent with the finale of the Irish Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year Competition. Tuesday brings a celebrity Coffee Concert, a performance of Listeners’ Favourites in Lunchtime Classics and the launch of three new CDs on the lyric label within Niall Carroll’s Classic Drive live from the NCH. On Wednesday evening Jazz Alley presents a celebration of live jazz in Ireland and The Lyric Concert will feature the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra and Bolshoi Opera. On Thursday Marty in the Morning will be joined by the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet for live music in Dundrum and Paul Herriott will welcome listeners to Studio 1 in the Radio Centre for a live Coffee Concert. On Friday the classical winner of the RTÉ Radio/RAAP Breakthrough 2011 Bursary can be heard on Lunchtime Classics and The John Kelly Ensemble presents Chucho Valdéz and the Afro-Cuban Messengers in concert. The wealth of music continues over the weekend with a celebration of film music in Movies and Musicals ‘A Night at the Oscars’, there’s a performance of Smetana’s opera Hubicka in Opera Night and in Sunday evening’s Nova Bernard Clarke talks to lyric’s new Composer-in-Residence, Linda Buckley.
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will be broadcasting a special series of programmes, Dúchas an Cheoil, which will run throughout the week at 8.30pm and will feature a different musician as guest presenter each evening. On Monday, Belfast flute player Gary Hastings will examine the different styles of traditional music in Northern Ireland. On Tuesday evening he hands the baton to Galway box player, fiddler and piper Jackie Small, who will present a brief introduction to the traditional music scene in Germany. On Wednesday, Róisín Nic Dhonncha will present a programme on female sean-nós singers in Connemara. On Thursday fiddler Matt Cranitch will present a programme on the life and music of his great friend and fellow fiddler Séamus Creagh. Also on Thursday, Kíla piper Eoin Dillon will play a live session in studio on Glór Anoir. Then on Friday Congolese musician Niwel Tsumbu will be live in studio on Rónán Beo @3, and Peadar Ó Raida will dedicate his music programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil to the music of his father, Seán Ó Riada.
For RTÉ Big Music Week, RTÉ Television brings a wide selection of musical programming to the fore.
On RTÉ One, Nationwide celebrates with a host of musical items including Mary Kennedy presenting from the Galway Barber Shop Festival, an item on a Co. Clare singer who has used YouTube to promote his singing career, a look at the digital radio station RTÉ Pulse and lots more. On Friday, RTÉ One features Remembering Ó Riada, which celebrates the life and work of Seán Ó Riada, marking forty years since his death, as well as what would have been his 80th birthday. And on Saturday, the third annual All Island School Choir Competition showcases the talent of Ireland’s secondary school choirs. The Late Late Show and The Saturday Night Show will celebrate RTÉ Big Music Week by pulling out the stops with top-drawer musical line-ups including Christina Perri, The Priests and Ocean Colour Scene.
Meanwhile on RTÉ Two, a host of musical programmes made especially for kids take centre stage. There will be a second chance to see the TV series Jam, in which young rock bands audition to be mentored by successful musicians such as Steve Wall of The Walls, Graham Hopkins of Therapy? and Nick Seymour of Crowded House. Eye2Eye gives viewers a chance to see special performances and interviews with some of Ireland’s best-loved pop stars such as Brian McFadden, The Script, The Coronas and Mundy. The weekend allows viewers to catch up on some favourite musicals such as Finian’s Rainbow and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In addition, RTÉjr on RTÉ Two will devote the entire week to music for pre-schoolers every morning.
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra events for RTÉ Big Music Week include early evening and 8pm concerts - with live broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm - including works by Bruch, Mahler, Stravinsky and Orff, acclaimed Irish soloists Catherine Leonard violin, Hugh Tinney, piano and Ailish Tynan, and the choral voices of RTÉ Cór na nÓg and the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir; open rehearsals with free entry; the launch of three new CDs featuring the RTÉ NSO’s performing the works of Irish composers John Kinsella, Frederick May and Sean Ó Riada; and a broadcast on Liz Nolan’s Lunchtime Classics on RTÉ lyric fm of the orchestra’s ‘Listeners’ Favourites’ concert from its Summer 2011 Season. Featured works for live performance include Carl Orff’s hugely popular Carmina Burana, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Catherine Leonard and Mahler’s sixth symphony in the year marking the 100th anniversary of his death.
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra events for RTÉ Big Music Week will include a live with an invited audience broadcast from Studio 1 in the RTÉ Radio Centre. Featuring conductor Gearóid Grant, the orchestra will perform a whole host of favourites including Williams’ Munich, A Prayer for Peace, Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, Mozart’s Overture La Clemenza di Tito and Falla’s La Vida Breve – Spanish Dance No.1. Ronan Collins will also host a live concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra featuring very special guests Aslan, Neil Hannon and more soon to be announced.
There will be on-going coverage of RTÉ Big Music Week across RTÉ.ie. Highlights will be regularly spotlighted while the Arts and Culture section will boast links to articles and audio featured across the week. Music fans who miss any of the special programmes publicised above can catch up again on RTÉ Player, while edited clips from selected programmes will be available on RTÉ YouTube www.youtube.com/rte. RTÉ TEN, RTÉ’s hugely popular online entertainment network, will also be joining in the fun with competitions and ticket giveaways to a wide variety of RTÉ Big Music Week events running throughout the week. Not only that, but the beans will be spilled on what really goes on behind-the-scenes of a top, national radio show when the RTÉ TEN film crew catch up with Ronan Collins and cohorts during his live show on Tuesday 11 October.