I am a composer from Dublin, Ireland. I studied Trumpet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and later at the DIT Conservatory of Music, winning major brass prizes in the Feis Ceoil and performing with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. As a composer I came to prominence when I won the RTÉ Music Prize for music to celebrate the life of the broadcaster Michael O’Hehir. RTÉ is the National Public broadcaster of Ireland. The composition Soliloquy and March was later performed in Croke Park on All-Ireland Final day. Since then I have written for orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal combinations. My music has been performed by many orchestras and ensembles in many places. In 2014 The Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne toured with My music Where the North Wind Blows and the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra premiered my Violin work Dreams with Cora Venus Lunny as Soloist in a 48 City tour of USA in 2009. I conducted a brilliant performance of my music The Chronicles of Meath, described by many as one of the highlights of the World Harp Congress in Sydney Australia in July 2014. A recording of that work with the Meath Harp Ensemble will be released shortly.
My compositions are music of people and place and the titles of my works are testament to this. These include Tommy Donnybrook (2004) commissioned by RTÉ Lyric FM; Symphony No 1 – The Hook – A Place and A People (2005) commissioned by Wexford County Council; Dublin – Overture to My City (2009) commissioned by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra: The Kilcormac Cantata (2011) commissioned by Offaly County Council; The Chronicles of Meath (2013) commissioned by Meath County Council; The Wicklow Ways (2015) commissioned by Wicklow Music Education Partnership. I have also been commissioned under the peace process and his works The Winds of Change (2007) and Where the North Wind Blows (2011) were performed by cross border, cross generational groups. Other recent works include The Happy Prince (2012) a setting of Oscar Wilde’s children’s story with Little John Nee for Orchestra, narrator and chorus commissioned by Donegal County Council and the children’s musical The Heart of Truth (2012) with Gwen Brennan. In November 2013 I conducted the premiere of my music The Torch Still Burns Brightly in New Ross commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of John F Kennedy and in 2014 I completed and performed the stage production of The Torch Still Burns Brightly based on words and episodes in the life of John F. Kennedy. I am also engaged on a music work to celebrate 1916 and have also written music for a new stage musical about the journey and plight of Irish women who journeyed to Australia pre and post famine which is due to premiere in Canberra later this year. Throughout my career I have had a passion for music education and working with young people and this is manifest in being musical director of the Rathfarnham Concert Band Society, conductor of the Donegal Youth Orchestra and the first conductor to direct the Fest of Youth Orchestras in the Opera House, Wexford.
© Vincent Kennedy 2015