Image shown: Members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra

The next performance of Bewitched by composer Ian Wilson will take place on Wednesday 25 January 2012 at 11am at Galway University Hospital, in partnership with the Galway University Arts Trust. A post performance discussion will focus on Music and Older Age – How best to meet the musical needs of older people in health services. 

The discussion panel includes:

  • Dr Shaun O’Keeffe – Chair
  • Deirdre Moynihan – Soprano
  • Aisling Roche-Music Network
  • Hilary Moss – Director of Arts and Health, AMNCH

In 2010, the National Centre for Arts and Health at AMNCH hosted an exciting 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) and) 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 to tour this innovative performance to four diverse venues in 2011/2012.

To book to attend please contact Margaret Flannery at Galway University Arts Office on 091 544979 or For more information on the programme and tour please contact Hilary Moss, National Centre for Arts and Health, AMNCH 01 414 2076 or


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