CMC's Musical Tales concert at Farmleigh House

Jane O'Leary, Evonne Ferguson and Linda O'Shea Farren

CMC's Musical Tales concert took place in Farmleigh House on 6 April. The concert, part of the Dublin: One City One Book festival, presented a number of Irish works connected with or based on some of the themes in the chosen book for 2019, The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien.

Musical Tales is a concert that is aimed at encouraging new audiences to engage with the vibrant world of contemporary music from Ireland in a literary context. By highlighting the rich inspiration and connections between composers from Ireland and the chosen books for Dublin: One City, One Book, CMC makes a creative contribution to Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature.

The concert featured performances from students of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama at the Technological University for Dublin: Marcella Barz (bass clarinet); Molly Burke - flute; Amy Conneely (voice); Aoife Moran (piano); Dina Ryan (clarinet); Incantato String Quartet (Inana Garis, Anna McKenna, Dionne Tims, Peadar Ó Loinsigh)

L to R: Molly Burke; Dina Ryan; Aoife Moran; Evonne Ferguson (CMC)

Amy Conneely

The programme was devised and curated by Jane O’Leary and featured short works connected in some way with the choosen book by Eibhlís Farrell, Amanda Feery, Marian Ingoldsby, Finola Merivale and Joan Trimble.

The event was presented by CMC’s Director, Evonne Ferguson and also featured Jane O’Leary in conversation, as well as a selection of readings from The Country Girls by CMC’s Linda O’Shea Farren.

Eibhlis Farrell, Jane O'Leary and Evonne Ferguson

Jane O'Leary and Evonne Ferguson

Linda O'Shea Farren

Marcella Barz

Incantato String Quartet

Dina Ryan (clarinet); Aoife Moran (piano)