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

The British Music Society Song Competition 2016
The John Ireland Charitable Trust will sponsor the British Music Society Song Competition 2016.
Further details will be announced soon.

English Song treasures now available as Boosey & Hawkes downloads

The Boosey & Hawkes Digital Store has expanded to include over 150 English Songs, with many treasures from the archive returned to availability. Featured composers include Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Ireland, Bridge, Warlock, Quilter and Head. Songs by Ireland include: Hope The Hornblower No. 1, Spring Sorrow, I Have Twelve Oxen, Spring Sorrow, If There Were Dreams To Sell, Blind, The Cost and The Holy Boy.

Further information is on the website:

A direct link to the song collection is at:

BBC Radio 3 'Performing Miracles'

Enjoy a selection of the very best music and performances from Radio 3's live concerts, including from Choral Evensong, 'Greater Love' with the Choir of Norwich Cathedral and David Dunnett (organ), conducted by Ashley Grote.

Stainer & Bell's 'Composer of the Month' in August 2015 was John Ireland.

Two of his choral works, 'Greater love hath no man' (1912) and 'Vexilla Regis' (1898) remain among the most popular titles in their catalogue.

John Ireland remembered in Deal, Kent

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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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 free sites.

An informative blog on John Ireland by Fiona Richards:

Latest recordings

see more on the New Releases page.

See the 'New Releases' page for further recordings.

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: Erwin Mulholland, Graham Parlett, Carol Phillips.

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