Embassy of Ireland, London

What a tremendous honour it was to perform last evening at our Embassy in London for the gathered guests including THR the Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall. It was a very intimate and special atmosphere of warm friendship and respect between our two nations as we face into the post-brexit future together.

Singing from the ballroom floor in a chamber setting between the tables of Charles and Camilla, the programme included 5 movements all segued through the beautiful arrangements of Neil Martin. Neil and I were joined by harpist Seána Davey and actor Adrian Dunbar.

The movements included Benjamin Britten’s beautiful setting of ‘The Salley Gardens’ by W.B Yates, Tugamar Fein an Samradh Linn (an Irish language song – optimistically welcoming the summer), The poem ‘Everything is Going to be Alright‘ by Derek Mahon, read by Adrian, Ewan Mc Coll’s love song to London ‘Sweet Thames Flow Softly’ and finally a jig by Neil ‘The Queen of the Scals’. 

I and very grateful to our ambassador in London, Adrian O’Neill and his wife Aisling for the invitation to be part of this historic and memorable occasion.

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