Date Wednesday, June 7th, at 7:30 pm
Venue Windmill QTR
Pianists Máire Carroll, Thérèse Fahy, Ruth McGinley, Veronica McSwiney and Fionnuala Moynihan.

Admission €20/15
Early Bird €12 / Three-concert package €30

Women are at the heart of our Opening Night concert on June 7th, with acclaimed Irish pianists Máire Carroll, Thérèse Fahy, Ruth McGinley, Veronica McSwiney and Fionnuala Moynihan performing works both written and nominated by women in the striking surroundings of one of our partner venues, Townhall, 1WML, Windmill Qtr.
We are truly honoured to be collaborating in music with this array of trailblazing women.

Mary Robinson
is the first woman to hold the office of President of Ireland and the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mary’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Edward Grieg’s ‘Wedding Day at Troldhaugen’ from Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65.

Olivia O’Leary is a multi-award-winning broadcaster and journalist, known for her work on RTÉ and the BBC. Olivia’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Cécile Chaminade’s ‘Autumn’, from Six Études de Concert Op. 35.

Veronica McSwiney has performed worldwide since her début at Wigmore Hall, and was the first Irish pianist to be invited to play in the Soviet Union. A noted soloist with Irish and British orchestras, she was also Music Director of the original Irish National Opera for 15 years. Veronica’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Clara Schumann’s ‘Toccatina’ and ‘Nocturne’ from her Soirées Musicales Op. 6.

Dr. Sindy Joyce is a Mincéir/Traveller, Human Rights Defender (HRD), sociologist and a member of President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State.

Claire McManus is a musician and member of Down Syndrome Ireland’s Dublin branch. Sindy & Claire’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Paul Simon’s ‘The Sound of Silence’.

Dr. Salomé Mbugua is a researcher, gender equality activist, human rights advocate and CEO of AkiDwA -The Migrant Women’s Network Ireland. Salomé’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Labi Siffre’s ‘Something Inside So Strong’.

Máire Carroll is a concert pianist who has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Franz Liszt Academy Budapest and the National Concert Hall Dublin. A regular collaborator with composers, her areas of professional research includes the modern piano etude. She is also Artistic Director of the Hidden Pianos series. Máire’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Tania Leon’s ‘Tumbáo’.

Sinéad Burke is a Disabled educator, advocate and author who champions accessibility, equity and social justice. Sinéad’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Ennio Morricone’s ‘Love Theme’ from Cinema Paradiso.

Razan Ibraheem is an Irish-Syrian journalist and activist. Razan’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is the Hurrian Hymn from some of the oldest known music.

Sally Hayden is an award-winning journalist, photographer and author of the book ‘My Fourth Time, We Drowned’. Sally’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’.

Fionnuala Moynihan is one of Ireland’s finest concert pianists, with a particular affinity for the works of baroque & classical programmes. Her projects include performing Mozart’s complete piano sonatas from memory. Fionnuala’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Florence Price’s Andante Allegro from her Piano Sonata in e minor.

Noeline Blackwell is CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, working to prevent and heal the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Noeline’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Ethel Smyth’s first Nocturne – Canon by Inversion from her 2 Canons.

Dr. Lydia Foy is the Irish woman at the centre of securing transgender rights in Ireland. Lydia’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 The Carpenters’ ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’, lyrics by Paul Williams (lyrics) & Roger Nichols (music).

Ruth McGinley is an acclaimed soloist and collaborator, who has featured with the BBC Philharmonic, RTÉ NSO & Ulster Orchestra amongst others. A previous finalist of the BBC and RTE Young Musician Awards, Ruth walks the spaces between genres, collaborating with jazz, folk, and electronic artists. Ruth’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Mary Lou William’s ‘What’s Your Story Morning Glory?’

Dr Mary Canning is Chair of the Governing Authority of Maynooth University and former President of the Royal Irish Academy. Dr. Canning’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude in D Flat Major, Op 28 No 15 “Raindrop”

Dame Louise Richardson is President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the first woman to lead Oxford as vice-chancellor (2016–2022). Dame Louise’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Nadia Boulanger’s Vers la vie nouvelle.

Thérèse Fahy is a critically acclaimed recitalist and concerto performer across Europe and the US, an acknowledged expert in French repertoire and a leading teacher and competition juror. Thérèse’s choice of music for DICMF ’23 is Jane O’Leary’s waves within (listen)

A special opening night concert giving audiences an insight into the power of connections people make with music.

Presented in partnership with The Windmill Quarter

Supported by Dublin City Council

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