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On Saturday 9th May a Blue Plaque commemorating John Ireland's frequent visits to the Kentish seaside town, midway between Folkestone and Canterbury, was installed on the imposing 18th-century house named 'Comarques' in the High Street where he occupied the top floor whenever he could get away from London in the 1930s.
Ireland was particularly sensitive to place and he wrote that the town was “free from the crushing, tragic weight of ancient times which is so oppressive in the Downs.” The flat was furnished with the greatest of care, according to an acquaintance; the centrepiece being the baby grand piano which had been presented to him by Chappell.
The John Ireland Charitable Trust in co-operation with the Deal Festival and the Deal Society sponsored two concerts in the Town Hall during the unveiling weekend; the first featuring the Odysseus Piano Trio (Clare Hammond piano, Sarah Trickey violin and Gregor Riddell cello) in trios by Ireland, Martinu and Brahms, and Clare Hammond played Ireland's piano suite 'Decorations' and Cap Gris Nez by Deal resident and composer, David Matthews. On Sunday, after a morning Mass in St Andrew's Church (including Ireland's anthem 'Ex Ore Innocentium' beautifully sung by the choir) David Matthews and Bruce Phillips, Director of the Trust, discussed the music Ireland is known to have written in Deal, and the talented young musicians of the Purcell School delighted the audience with their performances of music by Ireland, Ravel and Debussy.
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During his lifetime Ireland worked with many publishers and this is reflected in the distribution of his works today, see 'Works'.
The Trust is registered as a charity. Reg. No. 255004
Trustees: Erwin Mulholland, Graham Parlett, Carol Phillips.