National Concert Hall Announces Female Composer Series

National Concert Hall Announces Female Composer Series

Six concerts to be part of the NCH 2018 Chamber Music Series.

The National Concert Hall has announced the details of its 2018 Chamber Music Series, including a Female Composer Series co-curated by Sounding the Feminists (STF). 

The Female Composer Series will be part of the five-year initiative, announced in March 2018, to increase the presence of female composers at the NCH. This also includes a commissioning scheme and an extensive programming strand. 

As part of the series, six concerts will take place between November 2018 and April 2019, featuring composers such as Lili Boulanger, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Fanny Robinson, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jane O’Leary, Unsuk Chin, Jane O’Leary, Barbara Strozzi, Louise Farrenc and more. See the full programme details below. 

Performers in the series include the Fidelio Trio, Réamonn Keary (piano) and Annette Cleary (cello), Sharon Carty (mezzo soprano) with Fionnuala Hunt (violin) and Úna Hunt (piano), Concorde Ensemble, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and Mirian Roycroft (cello) with Lance Coburn (piano).

The 2018 Chamber Music Series will also feature a series exploring the evolution of the trio sonata with the Irish Baroque Orchestra (25/27/29 September), a Sunday String Quartet Series running on Sundays at 3pm from October to December, and a Couperin 350th Anniversary Series curated by Malcolm Proud in November. 

All events in the Chamber Music Series take place in the Kevin Barry Recital Room. For further details visit

Female Composer Series Programme: 

Fidelio Trio
Thursday, 1 November, 7.30 pm 

Clara SchumannPiano Trio in G minor Op.17 (1846) 
Joan TrimblePhantasy Trio (1940) 
Lili BoulangerNocturne for violin and piano (1911)
Rebecca ClarkePiano Trio (1921)

Réamonn Keary, piano | Annette Cleary, cello
Thursday, 15 November, 7.30 pm

Fanny Robinson – Selection of piano pieces (1850s-1870s)
C.V. Stanford – Cello Sonata No.2 (1889)
Nadia Boulanger – Trois pieces for cello and piano (1914)
Leokadiya Kashperova – Cello Sonata No.1 in G major (c.1905)

Sharon Carty, mezzo soprano | Fionnuala Hunt, violin | Úna Hunt, piano
Thursday, 24 January 24, 7.30pm 

France in La Belle Époque: Songs and piano music by Fauré and Debussy coupled with the prominent female composer Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) and Franco-Irish composers: Augusta Holmès (1847-1903), Adela Maddison (1862-1929) and Hope Temple (1859-1938). 

The music of Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) is celebrated with her Deux Morceaux (Nocturne and Cortége) for violin and piano coupled with Debussy’s violin sonata, the composer’s last completed work before his death in 1918. 

Concorde | Jane O’Leary, director 
Thursday, 7 February, 7.30pm 

Thea MusgraveOrfeo I (1975) 
Sofia GubaidulinaDe Profundis (1978) 
Marta PtaszyńskaMoon Flowers 
Jane O’Learybetween 2 waves of the sea (2016) 
Nicola LeFanuIsobirthday (2002) 
Kaija SaariahoCendres (1998)
Unsuk ChinAlice in Wonderland: Advice from a caterpillar (2007) 
Joan TowerAmazon I (1977)

Irish Baroque Orchestra 
Thursday, 7 March, 7.30pm 

‘Donne Barocche’
Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la GuerreSonatas for violin & continuo
Barbara Strozzi Serenata ‘HorforApollo’ & Arietta ‘Miei pensieri’
Antonia BemboCantata ‘Lamento della Vergine’
Rosa GiacintaBadalla Mottetto ‘Non plangete’
Isabella Leonarda Sonata duodecima for violin solo and continuo (from Sonate a 1, 2, 3, 4, istrometi Op. decima sesta)

Presented in association with Finding a Voice

Miriam Roycroft, cello | Lance Coburn, piano
Thursday, 4 April, 7.30pm 

Louise FarrencCello Sonata in B flat Major Op. 46 (1859) 
Vítězslava KaprálováApril Preludes, Op. 13 (1937)
Ethel SmythCello Sonata in a Minor Op.5 (1887) 
Luise Adolpha Le BeauCello Sonata in D Major Op.17 (1882) 
Henriëtte BosmansSonata (1919)

Published on 20 August 2018

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