The Contemporary Music Centre presents an outdoor music trail in partnership with Music in Drumcliffe in the grounds of St. Columba’s Church and its environs throughout the Music in Drumcliffe Festival, 11am – 7pm, 5 – 7 May 2012. The trail celebrates the rich connections between W.B.Yeats and Irish composers specifically, whilst also highlighting the many associations between Irish music and Irish literature.

The Trail consists of three outdoor listening posts featuring a total of four works by Irish composers: Brian Boydell, Rhona Clarke and Donnacha Dennehy. Brian Boydell’s Four Yeats Poems features the wonderful Grainne Yeats, daughter-in-law of W.B.Yeats, along with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Rhona Clarke’s Tread Softly, takes its title from the W.B.Yeats’s poem He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven: ‘Tread softly because you tread on my dreams’. Rhona Clarke’s Five Songs features Judith Mok and Dearbhla Collins. Donnacha Dennehy’s That the Night Come was composed for Dawn Upshaw (soprano) and the Crash Ensemble, conductor, Alan Pierson and released on the Nonesuch Record Label CD Grá agus Bás. A walk and talk of the New Music Literary Trail led by Irish composer Benjamin Dwyer will take place 130pm, 6 May. Admission is FREE to both the trail itself and participation on the Walk and Talk.

In comjumction with the New Music Literary Trail at Drumcliffe, the Contemporary Music Centre, presents its Art of Sound multi-media exhibition throughout the month of May in the Ballymote Community Library, Co. Sligo. The Art of Sound exhibition features photographer Eugene Langan’s dramatic and perceptive photographs of Irish composers. An audio-guide narrated by Eamonn Lawlor, RTÉ lyric fm, brings to life the music that is displayed. The exhibition will run from 1 – 31 May inclusive during library hours and admission is free.

The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music. The Centre is supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. For details on the New Music Literary Trail  and information on the composers featured please contact Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 673 1922 email: web site: www.cmc.ie

Since its establishment in 2000, Music in Drumcliffe, formerly The Vogler Spring Festival, has become one of Ireland’s leading international chamber music festivals and is now a major highlight in the national annual calendar of music events. Music in Drumcliffe offers its loyal audience and new visitors alike the opportunity to experience high standards of programming through a fresh choice of artists performing alongside the internationally acclaimed Vogler Quartet, in one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland, at the foot of Benbulben mountain and in the heart of Yeats country. For information on Music in Drumcliffe please contact Artscope tel: 01 505 9582 or email: www.musicindrumcliffe.ie

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