The Easter Rising, war and its impact in times past and present, and World War 1, are the topics of Drums and Guns. it is a powerful combination of music and poetry and the collective talents of three international musical institutions.
Devised and directed by renowned pianist Iain Burnside with director Conor Hanratty, Drums and Guns features the rising talents of the UK, Ireland and the US as represented by the singers and pianists of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin Guildhall School, London and The Juilliard School, New York.
The dramatic work brings to life the poetry of Seamus Heaney, A.E. Houseman, Paula Cunningham, John Clare and Carol Ann Duffy amongst others, with accounts of life during wartime ranging from the heartbroken and the poignant to the humorous and downright saucy.
Premiering in Dublin at The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art on 9th and 10th March, further performances will take place at Guildhall on 12th and 13th March and then transfer to The Juilliard School on 28th April, giving students the experience of performing abroad, and international audiences the chance to meet future stars of the classical music world.