| September 2003 will see A further two performances
of Bill Whelan's orchestral work 'The Seville Suite' at the Glor Music
Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare on Thur. 18th September and at the Clifden
Arts Week Festival in Connemara on Sun. 21st September (clifdenartsweek.org
concert ticket number: 1850-357035). The concerts will feature,
The RTE concert orchestra along with soloists Zoë Conway, fiddle Eilish
Egan, accordion Robbie Harris, bodhrán Declan Masterson, uilleann
pipes and conductor Proinnsías Ó Duinn. These concerts come on the
back of a sell out performance at Dublin's national Concert Hall in
"The Seville Suite" (TARA
3030) was Bill Whelan's first major orchestral work, it was commissioned
by The Department of the Taoiseach to commemorate Ireland's involvement
in Expo '92 at Seville, was inspired by the exploits of 'Red' Hugh
O'Donnell, The Earl of Tirconaill - from The Battle of Kinsale until
his eventual arrival in Galicia to the celebratory welcome of The
Spanish Earl of Caraçena. The Suite was first performed in The National
Concert Hall Dublin in March 1992. It received its first Spanish
performance on October 4th 1992 at the Maestranza in Seville. The
occasion celebrated 'Ireland Day' for Expo, which was attended by
Ireland's Prime Minister Albert Reynolds. The soloists and the RTE
concert orchestra flew to Seville where they performed the concert,
conducted by Prionsías O'Duinn. The soloists who contribute invaluably
to "The Seville Suite" are all outstanding musicians in their own
field. Davy Spillane features on Uilleann Pipes, Máirtín O'Connor
on Accordion, Mel Mercier on Bodhrán, Mairéad Nesbitt on Fiddle.
Harp, Whistles and Galician Pipes are performed by the well-known
Spanish traditional group Milladoiro.
Bill Whelan has been working as a composer and record
producer in Dublin for over fifteen years. He has produced and arranged
for many Irish and international artists including U2, Van Morrison,
Kate Bush and Planxty.
In 1987, he wrote the orchestral suite commemorating
the film music of the Irish composer, Séan O'Ríada which was conducted
by Elmer Bernstein, and his composition, "Dance of the Morrigu"
was performed by the National Symphony Orchestra in July 1990. His
setting of "Mo Róisín Suas chun Dáta" by Núala Ní Dhomhnaill received
its first performance early in 1991, and he has also composed the
"Centre of the Universe" a musical setting for three poems by Paul
Durcan which was first performed in 1988 by the London Chamber Orchestra.
His compositional work for film includes Colin Gregg's
"Lamb" with Van Morrison. His emotive score for the Jim Sheridan/Terry
George film Some Mother's Son and the original score for the film
version of Brian Friel's award winning Dancing At Lughnasa which
starred Meryl Streep. Bill also composed the musical score for the
critically acclaimed Irish history television documentary, The Seven
Ages, produced and directed by Sean O Mordha.
He has worked extensively with traditional Irish music,
having been a member of Planxty for two years. His production credits
include albums with Andy Irvine and Stockton's Wing and an album
of Bulgarian music with Andy Irvine and Davy Spillane entitled "EastWind"
(TARA 3027) incorporating Irish traditional and eastern European
musicians. This album was the immediate forerunner to the Riverdance
He has presented and conducted the RTE television
series "An Eye on the Music" which highlighted the work of composers
in various fields of music, and incorporated the performance of
ethnic musicians in an orchestral setting.
His stage scores include the stage presentation of
Leon Uris's "Trinity" in New York. Bill also orchestrated the scores
for Noel Pearson's productions of The Pirates of Penzance and HMS
Pinafore, at the Old Vic., the latter for which he received a Laurence
Olivier Award Nomination. For four consecutive years he wrote the
original music score for each of the Abbey Theatre's presentations
in the annual W.B. Yeats International Festival.
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