BÖLL 100 / Celebrating the Centenary of Heinrich Böll's Birth.
The Achill Heinrich Böll Association are pleased to present a reading from In My Own Light by composer Raymond Deane, followed by a concert featuring two of his important compositions
on Saturday August 12th 2017 at 20:00 in St. Thomas’s church Dugort Achill Island.
Booking advised. Tickets are available on Achill Island and online at: http://boll100.ie/
In My Own Light is a compelling and lyrical memoir in which renowned classical composer, author and political activist Raymond Deane evokes his near idyllic childhood on Achill Island, his
adolescence in Dublin, and his rapid descent into alcoholism. In an alternately humorous and horrific narrative moving swiftly from Ireland to Italy, England, Switzerland, Germany and France,
Deane shows us how a lovingly protected childhood is no bulwark against disaster. While this is no “misery memoir”, Deane does show how memory can seize upon and exaggerate painful
experiences to provide a convenient but spurious explanation for irrational behaviour. Throughout his story creative achievements and self-destructive frenzies succeed one another and sometimes
Written in three parts which are as strongly contrasted in style and tone as the movements of a symphony, In My Own Light provides a harrowing and honest look at one man’s battle with selfdestruction.
The reading will be followed by a concert featuring Embers (string quartet), and Siberia String Quartet V for string quartet with solo soprano (world premiere), by Raymond Deane, along
with String Quarter in C No. 19 K. 465, MOZART, performed by Sylvia O'Brien Soprano, with The Wolfgang Ensemble featuring Lynda O'Connor violin / Aoife Ni Dhornain violin /
Nathan Sherman viola and Ailbhe Mc Donagh cello.
This concert is sponsored by Patricia Deane and Peter Wilson. The Achill Heinrich Böll Association is supported by Mayo County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.
Raymond Deane spent the first 10 years of his life on Achill Island. Subsequently he studied music in University College Dublin, graduating in 1974. He studied composition in Switzerland and Germany, and lived for a time in Paris. He has composed over 100 musical works in all genres, including three operas (with a fourth in progress, based on a play by Emma Donohue). He has also published a novel (Death of a Medium, 1992) and a memoir (In my own Light, 2014), as well as many articles and essays on aesthetic and political matters. He was elected to Aosdána, the Irish academy of artists, in 1987. In 2005 he was awarded a D.Mus degree by NUI Maynooth. Raymond Deane divides his time between Dublin and Fürth (Bavaria).
Regarded as one of Ireland’s finest sopranos, Sylvia O'Brien has impressed audiences in opera, oratorio and chamber music. Recently returned to live in Ireland, Sylvia is a regular guest with some of the main orchestras, chamber ensembles and festivals throughout Europe with a repertoire that includes Chausson, Berlioz, Mozart, Bach, Verdi, Shostakovich and Wagner and the lighter repertoire of Strauss, Lehar, Novello and Gilbert and Sullivan. She has worked with such noted conductors as Michael Roswell, Nicholas Cleobury, Alan Pierson, Philippe Jordan and Stefan Asbury. Her specialist
vocal and interpretative skills have established her as an important performer of contemporary music having performed numerous international premieres as well as many composers writing works specifically for her voice. Sylvia is a member of the vocal faculty at The Royal Irish Academy of Music and Maynooth University.
She is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin, focusing on Irish vocal music.
The Wolfgang Ensemble
Lynda O Connor is one of the leading Irish violinists of her generation. Showing early promise she made her début appearance at the National Concert Hall, Dublin when she was just four years old. Subsequently Lynda developed a career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician throughout Ireland, Europe and the USA.
Aoife Ni Dhornain
Aoife Ni Dhornain began her violin studies with Suzuki method. She attended conferences in Cork in 1985 and in Berlin in 1987. In 1989 she continued her studies with Brian McNamara in The Conservatory of Music. Aoife graduated from UCD with a 1st class honours Bachelor of Music in 1998 and went on to complete a Masters in Music Performance in University of Limerick studying with Hugh Maguire, Mauritzio Fuchs, Georg Pauk and Katherine Hunka. She directed the chamber orchestra in UCD to great acclaim in 1997, and returned to play as soloist with the
Baroque orchestra in 2000. She performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician throughout Ireland and has toured extensively across Europe and the United States.
Nathan Sherman Sherman
Based in Dublin, Nathan enjoys a varied career, performing regularly with all the orchestras in the country, and is especially interested in baroque, contemporary and
chamber music. As a baroque player he regularly tours with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Resurgam and Camerata Killkenny.
He is founder and artistic director of Ficino Ensemble, and performs frequently at chamber music festivals. He mainly spends time cooking, watching films and playing with his son. Nathan plays on a viola made by Joseph Curtin and is grateful to Music Network for funding his Geary Leahy bow.
Irish cellist, Ailbhe McDonagh, performs throughout Ireland and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, and
the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland, she studied with world-renowned cellists Steven Doane, Nora Gilleese, Aisling Drury-Byrne and William Butt.
Over the last ten years, she has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the USA and has appeared as a concerto soloist numerous times all over Ireland and abroad.
Performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Yale Norfolk Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music
Festival, Great Irish Houses Festival, for the Irish President at Aras an Uachtarain and on Irish national
television and radio.
She has recently formed a new duo, The McDonagh Sisters with pianist Orla McDonagh. Keenly interested in contemporary music, McDonagh collaborates with several composers and other artists worldwide, most recently recording a CD of contemporary music for Bridge Records in New York. A composer and arranger in her own right, she has had several piano compositions published for the RIAM Local Centre Examinations. McDonagh joined the cello faculty of the RIAM in 2010. McDonagh’s debut CD called “It’s a Cello Thing” was released on 27th April 2012 and was named "CD of the Week" on RTE Lyric FM. McDonagh is due to release two books of her own compositions in the summer of 2017.