London Irish Reflections – Camden 14.11.16

I’m proud to announce that after many years of planning and plotting, London Irish Reflections will receive its world premiere at the Forge in Camden on Monday the 14th of November 2016.

London Irish Reflections is a new song-cycle for soprano, harp and electronics, composed by David Wallace, in collaboration with Dan Milmo who has written a set of poems derived from in-depth interviews with members of the Irish emigrant community in London.

Jean Kelly (harpist) and I will premiere Reflections  as part of Irish Heritage’s Season ‘1916-2016 A Century of Music in Ireland’. Huge thanks are due to Jean Kelly and Irish Heritage whose continued support has enabled this project to get off the ground.


Jean Kelly speaks about the inspiration for the idea of London Irish Reflections:

I visited Southwark Irish Pensioners Project to perform with Daire Halpin, my cousin and a fellow Londoner. We were moved by the tales of hardship endured by the audience members – a generation of Irish emigrants who arrived in London in the 1950s and 60s. The comparison to our own trouble-free, racism-free experience of moving to London was shocking to me, and I came away feeling that I owed a huge debt to this group of people who contributed so much to change the attitude towards Irish people in Britain, and who allowed my transition from Cork to London to be so smooth.”

20140310-124548.jpgThe programme will contain well known Irish songs and harp music by Irish composers, including Percy French, TC Kelly, Hamilton Harty and Aloys Fleischmann, as well as the ubiquitous, “Traditional”. The story which follows, entitled “Across The Water”, is a multimedia opera-song cycle for soprano, concert harp and electric harp with music composed by David Wallace and words by Dan Milmo. It is a truly innovative representation of a very significant aspect of the Irish experience in London and our cultural contribution.

Tickets:  £20 including wine reception and programme and can be booked on- line at click on DONATE (no booking fee), or through Kathy O’Regan,  tel. 020 7226 4578.

Venue: The Forge Music Venue, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden NW1 7NL.  It is 5 minutes walk south from Camden Town Underground station or 7 minutes north from Mornington Crescent.  Bus numbers 24, 27, 29, 31, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274 and C2 all stop close by. 14th 2016 at 7.30pm Daire Halpin – Soprano
Jean Kelly – Harpist