Work by Vincent Kennedy features in the inaugural WYO Fest

In Summer 2010 County Wexford School of Music invited a select group of conductors to apply to be the first guest conductor of the 1st WYO Fest (Wexford Youth Orchestra Festival). The conductor/composer Vincent Kennedy was chosen from a very high standard of applications to be the first guest conductor. In preparation for this wonderful event Vincent has visited and listened to all the participating orchestras and groups and has begun rehearsals, which will culminate in a performance of a Suite from Vincent’s large scale work “The Hook – A Place and A People” at a concert in the O’Reilly Theatre, Wexford Opera House, on Saturday 5th March at 7pm.

“The Hook – A Place and A People” was commissioned by Wexford County Council under the per cent for Arts Scheme in 2004 and takes its inspiration from the history, place and people of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford. Having the composer conduct his own work brings an added dimension to preparation and performance for the festival.

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One Comment

  1. Bernard
    Posted 19 April 2011 at 4:03 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m very pleased indeed to see that my cousin has been honoured in this way. In one of his interviews, he talks about an early event in his life that would turn out to be the very birth of his love for music – his mother (my aunt) turning on the radio and waking him up with Beethoven’s 7th. For generations there has not been anyone in our family with even the faintest ability to play a musical instrument never mind compose a work of art – that is up until now. Bravo

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