In 2010, the National Centre for Arts and Health at AMNCH hosted a 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. During the residency members of The Irish Chamber Orchestra performed for patients and conducted 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 and the project was awarded the Arts Council Touring Award to tour this innovative performance to four diverse venues in 2011/2012.
The next performance of Bewitched will take place on Wednesday 1 February 2012 at 1.15pm in the Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music, University of Limerick.
Following the performance a seminar entitled Music in health settings – exploring models of working will take place from 2.30pm to 3.30pm in the same venue.
The seminar panel includes:
Triona McCaffrey – Acting Course Director MA Music Therapy (Chair)
Jason Noone – Music Therapist
Julie Tiernan – Community Musician
Hilary Moss – Director of Arts and Health, AMNCH
Ian Wilson – Composer
For more information on this event contact the National Centre for Arts and Health on 01 414 2076 or the University of Limerick Concert series.