Any questions relating to the Trust should be directed to the Publicist, Karen Fletcher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected forthcoming concerts and events can be found on the 'Concerts' page, and recent recordings on the 'New Releases' page.
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.
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 a quick and 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.
The John Ireland Trust are sponsoring a competition for performers of piano music and songs by John Ireland. The competition will provide opportunities for performers of all ages and abilities, which set pieces linked to examination grades for pianist and an own choice class for singers.
There will be a £100 prize for the winner of the Senior Piano Class, a £75 prize for the winner of the Intermediary Piano Class and a £50 prixe for the winner of the Junior Piano Class: there will also be a £50 prize for the winner of the John Ireland Song Class.
The adjudicator for the piano classes will be pianist Mark Bebbington, who has recorded the complete piano works of Ireland on the SOMM label, to critical acclaim: www.somm-recordings.com
Repertoire which can be chosen as part of the competition include:
Junior Class: Three Dances (Gypsy Dance; Country Dance; Reaper's Dance.); Leaves from A Child's Sketchbook (By the Mere; In the Meadow; The Hunt's Up.)
Intermediary Class: The Almond Tree; The Holy Boy; Soliloquy; The Towing Path; The Darkened Valley; Summer Evening; Month's Mind.
Senior Class: The Island Spell; April; London Pieces (one of); Amberley Wild Brooks; Sonatina; Sarnia (movement); Three Pastels (two of).
Singing Class: Any song by John Ireland.
For further information, please contact Rex Freeman at: email@example.com www.cambridgecmf.co.uk www.perse.co.uk
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
TWENTIETH-CENTURY SONATAS FOR CELLO AND PIANO (SOMMCD 251-2)
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: www.planethugill.com
Stainer & Bell has published the 6th and final volume of Ireland's piano music: www.stainer.co.uk/ireland.html
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):
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: Clive Marks FCA, Erwin Mulholland