Ensemble Revelare, formed in 2018, brings together four musicians with a passion for baroque music and expertise in historical performance. The ensemble presents works by seventeenth and eighteenth-century composers, both familiar and lesser-known, many of whom have a connection to Ireland. Repertoire includes vocal and instrumental music, exploring various tonal colours of the group, all with a keen awareness of historically informed performance on period instruments. The ensemble recently performed at The Irish Georgian Society in Dublin; forthcoming engagements include Kaleidoscope Night and @TheDrawingRoom Series in Dublin.
Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677–1726) – Idol mio bel tesoro, Cantata 38
Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667-1752) – When Loves soft passion (pub. London 1720) From Six English Cantatas
Henry Purcell (1659–1695) – ‘The Plaint’ from The Fairy Queen, Z. 629
Francesco Saverio Geminiani – Variations on Scottish airs from ‘A Treatise in Good Taste in the Art of Musick’ (pub. London 1749)
Francesco Mancini (1672–1737) – Sonata I in d minor (pub. London 1724)
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678–1741) – All’ombra di Sospetto RV 678
Aisling Kenny – Soprano
Galway soprano, Aisling Kenny, is a soloist and ensemble singer specialising in early music and art song. She performs regularly at home and across Europe. She studied music at Maynooth University, and vocal performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, with Evelyn Tubb. She has participated in master classes with Paul Farrington, Margreet Honig, Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl. Aisling sings regularly as a soloist in oratorio: recent performances include Handel’s Messiah in Cork with Resurgam and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, dir. Monica Huggett and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Dublin Bach Singers, dir. Blanaid Murphy. An active recitalist of Lieder and lute song, she has presented recitals in Basel, Oxford and in Ireland, most recently in the Hugh Lane Gallery and Music for Galway recital series. Aisling has performed as a soloist in several festivals including the Galway Early Music Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival. Spring 2018 sees solo engagements in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Eastbourne) and Messiah (Halle). An experienced ensemble singer, Aisling is a member of Resurgam and Chamber Choir Ireland, and has sung with Ensemble Marsyas, Crux Vocal Ensemble, Atalante, and The Cardinall’s Musick.
Theresa Burton – Recorder
Theresa is a recorder player and choral singer based in Dublin, Ireland. Theresa gained her bachelor’s degree in music at Dartington College of Arts, and went on to study Recorder for the Masters music performance degree at Utrecht Conservatorium,The Netherlands with Leo Meilink, Baldrick Deerenburg, and Heiko ter Schegget. She was subsequently awarded the Nuffic scholarship in 1998 and 1999 for her Recorder studies. Theresa has participated in recorder masterclasses, Early and Contemporary chamber music courses with Sebastien Marc, Renemarie Verhagen, Peter van Heijghen, Walter Van Hauwe, Marion Verbruggen, Peter Holtslag, Philip Thorby, and Wilbert Hazelzet and Harry Spaarnaay. Theresa plays regularly in diverse ensembles in Oxford, London, Edinburgh, Israel and the Netherlands. She has given performances in diverse clubs and festivals including Utrecht Early Music Festival fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Vredenburg Lunch concert series, Concert series at St Michael the Northgate, Oxford, Engelsekerk Amsterdam, and the Dartington Music Festival. In 2017 she made a tour of Israel with a Jewish baroque programme, and workshops for schools with Israeli Recorder Player Adi Silberberg. New works for recorder have been written for Theresa and her ensembles by composers Nuno Corte Real, Dimitris Andrikopoulos and Jaap Visser. Theresa improvised the soundtrack to Channel 4 film ‘Laws of Nature’ (Tony Hill,1997). Theresa particularly enjoys playing 17th and 18th century vocal chamber music with singers and recently played with Marlborough Baroque orchestra and Dublin Bach Singers. Highlights this summer and beyond include a programme of cantatas by Handel and his contemporaries at the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin with soprano Aisling Kenny, and with Ensemble Chant21, and tenor Jacek Wislocki for a 17th century programme of unpublished Polish and Italian works directed by Jurek Zak.
Rachel Factor – Harpsichord
Rachel is a graduate of The Royal Irish Academy of Music and NUI Maynooth. She has performed with many of Ireland’s leading ensembles including The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, The Orchestra of St. Cecilia amongst others. Rachel has also held solo engagements in London most recently at Handel House. Rachel is harpsichord professor at DIT Conservatory of Music and holds the position of local centre examiner at The Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2010 Rachel was the recipient of The Arts Council Music Network Capital Scheme award. This afforded her the opportunity to commission a harpsichord. She now plays a single manual ‘petit ravelmant’ Flemish harpsichord crafted by Andrew Wooderson after Ioannes Ruckers 1628. Rachel is also recipient of The Arts Council 2017 Artist Bursary. She gratefully acknowledges the support of both Music Network and The Irish Arts Council.
Margaret Doris- Cello
Margaret Doris is a cellist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and an assistant lecturer in cello at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She is a graduate of The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Indiana University, Jacob’s School of Music, where she studied the cello with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and baroque cello with Stanley Ritchie. Margaret has a keen interest in music research and completed a PhD in early British cello treatise studies and its link to provincial cello playing at DIT Conservatory of Music of Drama, Dublin.