The John Ireland Charitable Trust

The John Ireland Charitable Trust was formed in 1968 to promote awareness of Ireland's works through recordings, performances and publications.

Any questions relating to the Trust should be directed to the Publicist, Karen Fletcher: 
Selected forthcoming concerts and events can be found on the 'Concerts' page, and recent recordings on the 'New Releases' page.

Latest News

A new studio recording of Ireland's Piano Concerto, performed by Leon McCawley with John Wilson conducting the BBC Philharmonic, was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Facebook and Twitter

The John Ireland Trust has a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook provides a friendly forum to interact with others who share an interest in the music of John Ireland, while Twitter is an instant way to keep in touch and share news about forthcoming concerts and latest recordings.  Simply click on the links provided on this page to be transfered to these sites.

A podcast from BBC Radio 3's 'Composer of the Week' series on John Ireland:

An informative blog on John Ireland by Fiona Richards:

'Satyricon' featured at the Moscow Conservatoire 

Esteemed Russian conductor, Gennady Rozhdestvensky completed a series of programmes devoted to English music entitled 'Foggy Albion' at the Moscow Conservatoire last year, with his State Symphony Capella Orchestra of Russia in the Great Hall of the Conservatory, Moscow

The following works featured:
Michael Tippett - Symphony No. 1 
Gustav Holst - Overture 'Walt Whitman'; The Planets for choir and orchestra 

Michael Tippett - Symphony No. 2 
John Ireland - Overture 'Satyricon' 
Arthur Bliss - Suite from the ballet 'Checkmate' 

Michael Tippett - Symphony No. 3 
Constant Lambert - The Rio Grande 
Frank Bridge - Symphonic Poem 'Isabella' 

Michael Tippett - Symphony No. 4 
Arnold Bax - Irish Landscape for violin and orchestra; The Truth about the Russian Dancers 

Latest recordings

see more on the New Releases page

The eagerly anticipated new recording of songs by John Ireland on the SOMM label, entitled 'Earth's Call' and featuring April Fredrick and Mark Bebbington, is now available:
The Songs of John Ireland form an important part of his output and are highly regarded by professional singers who appreciate the lyrical contours of his melodies, the sensitivity of his word settings and the wide variety of moods they encompass. 

Alexander Baillie, cello; John Thwaites, piano
Bridge: Cello Sonata in D minor
Delius: Cello Sonata
Ireland: Cello Sonata in G minor
Clarke: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Keys: Cello Sonata
Rubbra: Cello Sonata in G minor
Supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust

"Of all these fine works it’s perhaps the Ireland Sonata that wears best – a piece (it seems in this performance) written in blood, and surely among its composer’s greatest works. Somm’s recording is wonderfully immediate and almost perfectly balanced."
A '5 star' review for performance and recording
Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine (Sept. 2013)

"Six significant British cello sonatas impeccably performed."
Ian Lace, MusicWeb International

THE ROMANTIC CELLO, Volume ii (VIF Records: VRCD082)
Philip Handy, cellist, son of distinguished cellist Lionel Handy, has recorded a second volume of cello sonatas with pianist Robert Markham. The recording includes Ireland's Cello Sonata, the Rachmaninov Sonata, Delius's Serenade, and a contemporary piece for solo cello by Benjamin Woodgates.

“The playing is stunning – from both performers – and the sound quality is ideal.”
John France, MusicWeb International

"It is a highly restless piece, given a powerful performance, with Handy playing with a fine grained tone giving focus to the intensity.  An impressive debut from a young cellist." 
(on the Ireland Cello Sonata)
Robert Hugill:

See the 'New Releases' page for further recordings.

Stainer & Bell has published the 6th and final volume of Ireland's piano music:

A pack of Ireland postcards, a mousemat and a handy mobile phone holder, all illustrated with Ireland's photo, can be found at Amazon (Germany):

Activities of the Trust include:

  • A unique five-day Festival entitled 'John Ireland in Chelsea' marked the 50th Anniversary of Ireland's death in 2012 and featured Ireland's own music alongside the work of his teacher Stanford, and his distinguished pupils: Benjamin Britten, E.J.Moeran, Alan Bush, Richard Arnell, Geoffrey Bush and Helen Perkin.  Festival artists included: Mark Bebbington, John Lenehan, Julian Lloyd Webber, Rupert Marshall-Luck, Timothy West, Roderick Williams, the London Soloists Ensemble, East London Brass, the Berkeley Ensemble, David Wordsworth and the Addison Singers, and the Choirs of St Luke’s and Holy Trinity, Chelsea.
  • Funding of annual performance competitions at nine major music colleges in the UK. These competitions have recently been extended to two universities in the USA.  The most recent took place at the Birmingham Conservatoire in July 2013.
  • Supporting selected recordings not only of Ireland's music but also that of other British composers.
  • Support is given, where possible, to recitals and festivals featuring Ireland's work, and programme notes can be provided.
  • The Trust has commissioned arrangements and editions of Ireland's music by Geoffrey Bush and the late Christopher Palmer.
  • A catalogue of John Ireland works, compiled by Dr. Stewart Craggs, was published by OUP in 1993 (available from the Trust).
  • The Trust maintains a large archive of copy manuscripts, printed music, recordings and memorabilia.
  • All of Ireland's known manuscripts, previously held by the Trust, are available at the British Library and can be consulted there by appointment.

During his lifetime Ireland worked with many publishers and this is reflected in the distribution of his works today, see 'Works'.

  • Early recordings, including interviews with Ireland and the composer as performer, are available at the National Sound Archive, by appointment.
  • Following an approach by the Trust to English Heritage, a 'Blue Plaque' was placed at 14 Gunter Grove, Ireland's London home for many years, in recognition of the composer.


The Trust is registered as a charity. Reg. No. 255004
Trustees: Clive Marks FCA, Erwin Mulholland

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