Finding a Voice Festival Features Women Composers and Celebrates International Women’s Day

Vourneen Ryan (flute), Aoife McCambridge (oboe), Conor Sheil (clarinet), Cliona Warren (bassoon), Hannah Miller (horn) from Musici Ireland ‍

If you are passionate and excited about International Women’s Day (March 8), and are looking for things to do – we have news. How about heading to Tipperary for the Finding a Voice festival?

It’s a five-day festival of music by women composers through the ages and around the world, in celebration of International Women’s Day. What’s more, Finding a Voice will feature performances from leading Irish and international musicians of unforgettable music and as the theme goes, they are all remarkable women.

Founded in 2017 by sisters Róisín Maher (Artistic Director – Lecturer at MTU Cork School of Music) and Clíona Maher (Artistic Director of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival), over the past five years the concert series has featured music by more than one hundred women composers, from the 12th century Hildegard of Bingen to newly commissioned works.

This year, there will be performances by Musici Ireland, ConTempo Quartet, Nathan Sherman & Alex Petcu, Aylish Kerrigan, Antonio Oyarzabal, Eleanor Kelly, Yonit Kosovske & Catherine Redding, Claire Duff & Rachel Factor and Hifilutin Flute Quartet. The festival takes place from Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th March 2023.

Here’s a link for the full programme of events.

Poster for Finding a Voice Festival with their social media handles details

And if you’re travelling from afar, you would have lots to explore in Clonmel whilst you are attending Finding a Voice festival. Clonmel is a town in south Tipperary, situated on the banks of the River Suir. You can visit the wonderful Tipperary Museum of Hidden History, a state of the art visitor centre in the heart of the town. If you feel a bit outdoorsy, you can check out the Suir Blueway. It’s a 53 km kayaking and canoe trail from Cahir to Carrick-on-Suir and a 21km walking and cycling trail from Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir. Isn’t it a wonderful way to ring in International Women’s Day, and set the mood for that week?


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