Macalla 1916

An echo of the past...a vision for the future

4 March 2016 / 20:30

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The Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland makes its London debut with a new commission by Michael Rooney, Macalla 1916, marking the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Macalla 1916 reflects both on the events of Easter 1916 and the history leading up to the rising, and celebrates the rich culture and traditions of Ireland today. Its composer, Michael Rooney is one of the finest exponents of the Irish harp in traditional Irish folk music. 

First formed by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in the late 1980s, the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland has always attracted the most gifted young Irish musicians and singers. In 2014, the orchestra was reformed to perform the Boróimhe Suite by Monaghan composer Michael Rooney, written to commemorate the millennium of the death of Irish king Brian Ború.

Programme & Performers

Michael Rooney Macalla 1916

The Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland
Michael Rooney conductor

Promoted by Comhaltas Britain

This event is supported by Culture Ireland’s Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.


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