Awarded PRS for Music Foundation Funding for New Commission

A new 15 minute work for wind-quintet with Evelyn Glennie in recognition of the New London Chamber Ensemble’s 20th anniversary and the Beethoven centenary, both in 2020.

NLCE is exploring the effects of Beethoven’s deafness on his music and life, inspired by the Heiligenstadt Testament of 1802 in which Beethoven wrote to his brothers despairing over his increasing deafness.

Ailís is hard of hearing, wears hearing aids and lip-reads and has been an advocate for deaf and disability arts since 2009.

Ailís Ní Ríain gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation


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Guy Woolfenden

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