Music At The Museum

e4s4-pic-1-editMusic at the Medieval Museum will present soprano Roisin O’Grady accompanied by the Vavasour Viols – an Irish viol consort specializing in music from the 16th and 17th centuries on Sunday, 8th March at 12.30 pm for this month’s Sunday lunchtime concert.

Róisín O’Grady studied Music and Italian at UCC, and following a Postgraduate Diploma in concert singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, received an M.A. in Performance at the Cork School of Music. Specialising in the performance of Early Music, Roisin has performed with the Irish Consort, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Cecilia. As part of the early music duo tonos, she has performed at the National Concert Hall, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music, and has been broadcast on Lyric FM.

Roisin will be accompanied by the ‘Vavasour Viols’ – Patricia Quinn, Lucy Robinson , Pauline Kennedy and Anne Robinson. On the eve of Sir Walter Raleigh’s execution at the Tower of London in 1618 he wrote a poem entitled ‘What is our life?’ After his death these poignant words were set to music by Orlando Gibbons who was an organist at the Chapel Royal at the time. This song will be performed along with other Elizabethan songs such as ‘Ye Sacred Muses’ by William Byrd and ‘Flow My Tears’ by John Dowland. Look forward to other works for viol consort including pieces by Byrd , Tomkins and Coprario.

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