CLANN CEOL 2018
Eimear Quinn, Dublin Brass, Mamisa, Schola Hyberniae - Ashbourne - April 13th 2018
With Special Thanks to
Ashbourne Parish Church
Ashbourne Parish Church
Eimear Quinn is one of the pre-eminent Irish voices of her generation. Occupying the space where Traditional meets Classical and Sacred, she is most noted for her interpretation of song allowing for a deep, almost spiritual connection with the audience.
As a classically trained soprano with a background specialising in Early and Choral music, she made her international debut in 1996, when she won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with the haunting ballad ‘The Voice’ written by Brendan Graham.
That opportunity allowed Eimear to explore musical genres very different to that of her studies, and in the proceeding years to develop a repertoire encompassing all of her musical loves and interests, honing a fused genre of folk and classical, scared and medieval that she has become widely known for.
She now often composes music using Latin and Irish languages, and contemporises ancient text and chant.
She has become a highly respected interpreter of Irish folk and traditional song in a classical context.
Eimear has toured, in Australia, Europe, America and South Africa in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney State Theatre and the Vorst National, Brussels and Theatre De La Ville, Paris. She has also made numerous television appearances as a performer and presenter for Irish Television and Radio programming for RTÉ and TV3, and many Radio and Television performances in Europe.
In 2009 Eimear gave birth to her first daughter Joely. She happily disappeared into full-time Motherhood for the next two years, only composing and performing occasionally.
In 2011 she was asked to perform for HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England, to mark her State Visit to Ireland.
In August 2012 she performed at The Gathering concert in the O2 in Dublin, she formed part of a rare musical performance on the ABBEY THEATRE stage with author Joseph O Connor and the band Scullion.
2017, Eimear collaborated with the Dublin Brass Ensemble for ‘Breath Upon the Flame’ setting traditional Irish song for classical brass quintet. She was one of the composers commissioned to arrange these songs for the ensemble, which premiered in St Patricks’ Cathedral, Dublin in April.
2017 sees a return to recording, as Eimear is due to release her first studio album since the birth of her two daughters.
Eimear is a graduate of Musicology from The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, a graduate of Social Science (Environmental Resources Mgt.) from the Dublin Institute of Technology, a former vocal student at The Conservatory of Music, Dublin (Jody Beggan), a former chorister with Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin) Choir, National Chamber Choir, DIT Conservatory Chamber Choir, NUI Maynooth Chamber Choir and Anúna (choral group).
Dublin Brass is Ireland’s leading brass ensemble. Since being formed in 2005, the group has performed on many occasions ranging from weddings, charity concerts and church services to graduation ceremonies and recitals in venues such as the John Field Room in the National Concert Hall.
The size of the ensemble ranges from 1 to 15 players and is determined by the repertoire being performed.
The players in the group have formidable experience on the concert platform, in recording studios and in theatres. Some of the groups that members of the ensemble have worked with include: Camarata Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Film Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, English National Opera, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra.
Artists who members of the group have worked with include: Barry Manilow, Roger Daltry, Alice Cooper, The Corrs, Oasis, The Spice Girls, Shirley Bassey, Lesley Garrett and Luciano Pavarotti.