Discovering Ina Boyle

A landmark recording of orchestral works by the very special Irish composer Ina Boyle (1889-1967), largely unperformed during her lifetime.

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Discovering Ina Boyle.

Help us to bring the music of this important Irish composer to a new generation.

Please help raise £10,000 to record a landmark CD of orchestral music by Ina Boyle. This recording by the BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Ronald Corp with soloists Nadège Rochat (cello) and Benjamin Baker (violin), currently a young artist of YCAT (Young Classical Artist Trust).

Ina Boyle ( composed a huge body of work. She is recognised as one of Ireland's most important composers and all her music, largely unperformed, is preserved in Trinity College Library, Dublin, awaiting rediscovery. She was a pupil of Vaughan Williams and travelled regularly to London for lessons with him. He thought very highly of her music. However, despite early success, (one of her works was conducted by Sir Henry Wood at the Proms in 1927), she has been largely forgotten. Her great friend, the composer Elizabeth Maconchy, encouraged her to relocate to London but she would not leave the home she loved and family who needed her. 

When they died, she lived alone, composed everyday, inspired by the beautiful Wicklow countryside. At last, as predicted by Vaughan Williams, the music of Ina Boyle is now beginning to be recognised intertionally. This landmark CD with the BBC Concert Orchestra will launch the composer in the UK.

It will include the first complete CD recording of the "Glencree" Symphony (In Wicklow Hills) (1924-27), which reflects her deep attachment to the Wicklow countryside. The atmospheric Pastoral "Colin Clout" (1921) was first performed in 1922 at the Royal College of Music by the Queen's Hall Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult. "Psalm" (1927) for cello and orchestra has never been performed. The Violin Concerto (1933) is very special as she dedicated it to her mother who had died three years earlier.  "Wildgeese" (1942) has become one of the most frequently performed of her compositions; in 2013 it featured in two Europe Day concerts played by the European Youth Orchestra. "A Sea Poem" (1919), one of Ina Boyle's finest early works, will  be premiered on this CD.

Ina Boyle inspires us, both through her music and as a person. Poignantly because she lived a very reclusive life, she heard little of her work performed. We very much hope that you will help bring her music to a new generation.  We have a range of awards to say "thank you" including an acknowledgment on the website, signed copies of the CD and an invitation to a special reception to meet the artists. 


The Contemporary Music Centre Dublin

Ronald Corp's official webpage

Benjamin Baker's official website

 Nadège Rochat's official webpage

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Review of Ina Boyle's Elegy

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