Airing on RTÉ One on Saturday 29 August, Shine is a magical hour of music and words filmed at the Iveagh Gardens, the National Concert Hall and at RTÉ over a couple of summer days - enjoy a gallery of behind the scenes shots above.
The programme features stunning performances from a collection of our most celebrated artists and emerging talent. Villagers, west Kerry concertina player Cormac Begley, indie singer Anna Mieke and Booka Brass with Niamh Farrell play live in the beautiful acoustic setting of the Iveagh Gardens. The National Concert Hall plays host to Dermot Kennedy and Denise Chaila with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, a first for both orchestra and venue since the pandemic silenced orchestra performances.
?@DermotKennedy and @DeniseChaila have created something very special with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall ??— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) August 19, 2020
Watch their beautiful performances on RTÉ One next Saturday, 29th August at 8:15pm. ?#RTEShine pic.twitter.com/49ToYhHgCd
Sopranos Celine Byrne and Emer Barry perform with members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Irish/Icelandic male vocal group M'Anam play together in a link-up between Dublin and Reykjavik. All-female rock band Pillow Queens take the tempo up in studio, while singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh brings together a group of celebrated traditional musicians to conclude the concert. Threaded throughout, there is powerful commissioned spoken word from Stephen Murphy, Natalya O'Flaherty and John Boyne, poetry from Jane Clarke and writing by Dermot Bolger performed by Loah and Simply Folk host Ruth Smith.
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Listen: Violinist Brona Cahill and clarinetist Michael Seaver of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra speak to Seán Rocks on RTÉ Arena about Shine
Shine On, an RTÉ Player exclusive, is also available from 9.30 pm on Saturday 29th August. This 30-minute programme features additional performances from Dermot Kennedy, Denise Chaila and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as well as behind-the-scenes footage and backstage interviews. Also on 30 August at 6 pm, RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast a Shine special presented by John Creedon, offering a compendium of great music and newly-commissioned spoken word from leading Irish artists in the midst of the pandemic.
Shine - RTÉ One, Saturday, 29th August at 8.15 pm
Shine On - available on RTÉ Player from Saturday 29th August at 9.30 pm
Shine - RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday, 30th August at 6 pm
Pics: Andrew Cummins, Bob Corkey