In 2010, the National Centre for Arts and Health at AMNCH hosted an exciting new residency funded by The Arts Council of Ireland. Ian Wilson was Composer-in-Residence at the stroke unit for three months. Wilson wrote a new work for Soprano (Ms Deirdre Moynihan) and String Quartet (2 violins, viola and double bass) based on the experiences of patients with stroke and staff in the unit. The final work is entitled ‘Bewitched’.
Members of The Irish Chamber Orchestra returned to the hospital following a successful residency in 2006, performing for patients and conducting open rehearsals of the composition in progress. Patients and staff in the Age Related Health Care Unit were crucial to developing this new work.
The work was first performed in the hospital on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 to great acclaim and the project was awarded the Arts Council Touring Award for this innovative performance to tour four diverse venues in 2011/2012. The dates and venues for the tour are:
Rua Red, 6 December 2011 at 11.45am
Galway University Hospital, 25 January 2012 at 2.00pm
University of Limerick, 1 February 2012 at 1.15pm
Royal Irish Academy of Music, 13 March 2012 at 6.00pm
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