Finding a Voice 2021 – #ItsAboutTime

by admin on 30/11/2020

Great news from Clonmel where is has been announced that the fourth edition of Finding a Voice will take place from March 5th to 8th 2021. The concert series will again focus on the music of women composers through the ages, building and expanding on the first three, highly successful, series since 2018.

In 2021, Finding a Voice will continue to broaden the genres covered to include traditional Irish music and jazz in addition to music from the seventeenth century to the present day.  In the past three years Finding a Voice has programmed music by more than 70 women composers, and arrangers, and this number is set to grow again in 2021. 

The theme is #ItsAboutTime and several concerts will focus on the notion of “time” in all its different iterations, from Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s epic piano piece Das Jahr [The Year], a musical diary of her travels in Italy from 1839 to 1840, to percussionist Alex Petcu-Colan’s exploration of time in relation to rhythm, tempo and duration. Finding a Voice will also celebrate a significant anniversary in 2021 – the bi-centenary of the birth of Pauline Garcia Viardot, one of the most significant musical figures of the nineteenth century: a French mezzo-soprano, pedagogue, and composer, of Spanish descent, she enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a star performer.

Artistic Director, Róisín Maher says “We look forward to announcing our complete programme in the coming weeks and are excited to continue exploring the achievements of women composers through the years. We know that 2021 will present challenges in terms of live performance but have a fantastic line up of musicians who are more than up to the challenge! I would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, in particular the Arts Council of Ireland for their continued support, as well as the musical community in Ireland and our wonderful audiences.”

As the only concert series of its kind in Ireland and the British Isles Finding a Voice offers a unique opportunity to hear music-making of the highest quality by unjustly neglected women composers through the years in the beautiful setting of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.





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