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Performing arts studies, Musicology


Today’s festivities, celebrating the bicentenary year of William Vincent Wallace at Ireland’s National Concert Hall, represent the realization of a personal dream. For several years I have admired Wallace’s music and performed it whenever the opportunity presented itself and it has always struck me as strange that it is not better known and appreciated. Like many other Irish composers, Wallace has languished without acknowledgement – Irish audiences have certainly had few opportunities to hear his music in recent years. With the bicentenary celebrations taking place to honour the composer, I feel certain that Wallace’s time has now returned with festivities taking place in Waterford, the city of his birth, and in Ballina Co. Mayo, where he grew up. Other concerts will take place soon at Wexford Festival Opera and in London and Australia before the end of the year.

A lunchtime concert given by Rosemary Tuck, piano is followed by two afternoon lectures from Wallace experts Dr David Grant and Peter Jaggard. The launch of the sumptuously-embellished New York Album (1854) of piano music and songs precedes the Gala Concert given by mezzo soprano, Maire Flavin, baritone Matthew Sprange, pianist Rosemary Tuck and myself.

Úna Hunt, Artistic Director, William Vincent Wallace Bicentenary Festival, 2012.