Sligo composer’s 1916 suite comes home

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The Macalla 1916 Suite, a major orchestral work by Sligo-based composer Michael Rooney to commemorate Easter 1916 comes home to Sligo on Saturday night, April 2.

TOUR: The Macalla 1916 tour bus will bring Sligo composer Michael Rooney's 1916 commemorative suite to Sligo on Saturday night.
TOUR: The Macalla 1916 tour bus will bring Sligo composer Michael Rooney’s 1916 commemorative suite to Sligo on Saturday night.

Commissioned by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the suite will be performed at the Knocknarea arena at IT Sligo by over 60 of the finest young traditional and classical musicians from Ireland and Britain.

The world premiere of Macalla 1916 was in London on March 4 while it is now on tour of Ireland.

Bus Éireann’s Expressway provided a specially wrapped coach and driver for the tour.

The performers launched their tour in the RDS in Dublin last weekend at special event for 4,000 relatives of those who lost their lives during the Rising – which was attended by President Michael D Higgnins and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Since then they have played to audiences at Wexford Opera House, Cork City Hall.

Their tour continues this week up until April 3, to the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick and Garage Theatre in Monaghan, and after Sligo to the Millennium Forum in Derry on Sunday night.

Tickets (€25, €12.50 children) for Saturday night at available through www.hawkswell.com

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