Ireland performing Ireland in Leeds

Orphan fundRecords of Ireland’s performances can tell us much about context, repertory and style. One such piece of writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post reveals all of these things. On 22 October 1922 Ireland travelled to Leeds Town Hall to take part in the annual railwaymen’s concert on behalf of the Railway Orphan Fund. The other musicians were Louis Pecskai (violin) and the renowned singer Robert Radford (bass), with Ireland appearing both as soloist and accompanist. According to this article, in ‘Chelsea Reach’ the composer allowed himself ‘latitude’, and it was noticeable ‘how dexterously the melody was “sung” where it occurs in the inner part’. Ireland also played ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘The Island Spell’.

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 23 October 1922, p.5.

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