in the Emerald Isle
with KEITH BRAMICH
To end Music & Vision's week of articles with an Irish theme, here
are a few Irish links to help you with your cyber-visit to the Emerald Isle
... For live music from Ireland whilst you read the rest of this article,
For general (and tourist) information about the country, visit the Irish Tourist Board's site.
Contemporary Music Centre
The Contemporary Music Centre
(Ireland) is the place to start when looking for information
about Irish composers. CMC have produced the sixth edition of Irish Composers
which contains fact sheets about 44 Irish composers, and this can be purchased
via the CMC site. There's also a list of composers born in or living in
Ireland, with website links where appropriate. You'll see names such as
Marion Ingoldsby, Havelock Nelson and Robert Simpson in this list. CMC also
have an interesting selection of articles, and their links page is a springboard
for other online discoveries.
Irish World Music Centre
Under the auspices (and the web server) of the University of Limerick,
the Irish World Music Centre provides information about research and innovation
in Irish music worldwide. I recommend a visit here.
The Irish Times
At ireland.com the
Irish Times publishes its content online. (If you click on the Dublin 360
link, you can see 360 degree panoramas and a webcam.) Tracking down through
'Dublin' then 'Entertainment' and then 'Music' you'll come to a section
which has some classical music listings in the capital. For more listings,
Ireland's on-line event
guide covers events of all sorts, and it's quite easy to find their
sections on music.
National Concert Hall
Dublin's National Concert Hall
is not only a good place to look to find concerts of classical, Irish and
other types of music (and events), but it's an attractive site in its own
right, and has a virtual tour of the hall.
You're sure to find details of choral concerts in Ireland posted to Choral Ireland, a
discussion group which deals with all genres of choral music in Ireland.
Their calendar gives details of upcoming events, but is unfortunately not
available to non-members.
Opera Theatre Company
Opera Theatre Company and
the Temple Bar Music Centre share an area of IMN - the Irish Music Net,
which redefines the acronym MIDI as the Music Industry Directory Ireland - also well worth a visit
for its comprehensive listings. For another huge collection of links to
Irish music sites, have a peek at Niceone's links to Irish Music Sites which includes sections
for on-line music stores, music organisations, recording studios and Irish
music resources. Searchireland.ie
also has a music section (under entertainment and leisure).
Anúna, ARC and Irish.com
Anúna is a sixteen-member
Irish choral group specialising in medieval and contemporary Celtic music
(best-known for its contributions to Riverdance). Members of the
group maintain its attractive website which (in their words) is 'graphically
unintense'. There's a lot of beautiful Irish music at the ARC Music Site. BMG Classics has a site called Irish.com
which features BMG's recordings of Irish music.
RTÉ and the Vanbrugh Quartet
The Vanbrugh Quartet have a long association with Radio Telefis Éireann
(RTÉ) as the broadcasting authority's resident quartet. You'll find
lots of information (including listings and the West Cork Chamber Music
Festival) at the Vanbrugh
Quartet's website , which is part of the larger RTÉ site. It's
also well worth looking at RTÉ's main music page which gives details of their orchestras
and choirs, and about Lyric fm - a 24 hour classical music and arts channel
launched in May 1999 which
streams live over the net in Real Audio, and to which, hopefully, you've
been listening to whilst reading this.
Finally, and also courtesy of RTÉ, here's a look at some of the
Symphony Orchestra of Ireland's players ...
Copyright © Keith Bramich, October
Music & Vision's Irish week featured:
Roderic Dunnett at Wexford Festival Opera
Ates Orga writing about John Field
Basil Ramsey listening to Christ Church
Cathedral Choir, Dublin
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