The Beating Heart Of Ulster: World Premier
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council in partnership with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s regional centre Dún Uladh and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association NI (RSPBA NI), have commissioned a unique piece of music for a 'two traditions' orchestra. The commission, from award-winning composer Áine Mallon, is entitled The Beating Heart of Ulster and celebrates the rich musical heritage from both Irish and Ulster Scots traditions as well as the local landscape. This world premiere performance blends song, dance and storytelling, and will be performed by local young musicians and dancers from across the district, bringing the audience on a musical journey through the history and landscape of Fermanagh and Omagh. The journey begins by gliding the listener through our rivers and loughs, then soaring over our mountains and boglands, before encountering mythical characters and celebrating our shared customs, culture and music. Áine Mallon, is an Irish born composer, musician and performer with a broad interest in style and genre. She has worked on a range of collaborative projects, many supported and funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, as well as receiving solo commissions from the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Manchester Renaissance Ensemble, Manchester Oratory Choir and the Piatti Quartet.
Artsland is a two-year major arts and culture initiative which is co-funded by Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and the Arts Council for Northern Ireland’s Lottery Fund, focussing on inclusion, cultural traditions and rural crafts.