‘Wait’ – String Quartet Premiere – RTÉ ConTempo Quartet – 10th April 2022

Ireland’s leading string quartet RTÉ ConTempo will give the premiere of Ailís Ní Ríain’s first string quartet ‘Wait’ on 10th April 2022 as part of Cúirt Festival, Galway, West of Ireland. the work is funded by the Irish Arts Council, Galway Music Residency, Cúirt Festival and Galway City Council.

“Sometimes art can express things in ways we as individuals cannot. Join us for a unique series of performances and reflections on grief and loss, where you can experience how these vastly different artists have made sense of personal and societal loss.  After more than two years in development, this event will feature the World Premiere of Wait, a new work for string quartet composed by Irish contemporary classical composer Ailís Ní Ríain, co-commissioned by Galway Music Residency and Cúirt.

This piece was conceived in response to a poem – ‘Wait’  by the American poet Galway Kinnell – and Ní Ríain has created a fascinating and layered aural experience from this inspiration.

The poem is a meditation on suicide and loss, and audiences will also have opportunity to hear it read by Kinnell in a video recording during the event.”