Robin Ireland Viola

Head of Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, he was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet for twenty years till it disbanded in 2005. Since then he has developed his career as a soloist, guest-led the viola sections of major UK orchestras, worked as a freelance chamber musician and become a highly respected teacher.

The Bat Detector
A venture in poetry and music

A collaborative work of poetry and music. This work consists of an alternation of short pieces for solo viola with poems from Liz Barrett’s collection The Bat Detector. Liz is a nationally acclaimed poet living in Sheffield. The poems and music alternate.

The first sequence of poems uses the metaphor of detecting bats to explore the communication within a family with an autistic child. The music seeks to capture the inner world of the boy, as well as to express the emotions in the poems, from distress to redemption. The signature piece is an atmospheric depiction of bats in flight.

The second sequence, Magnolia, is a series of love poems, providing inspiration for music which encompasses passion, eroticism, desolation and all the trappings of romanticism.

Music played by Robin Ireland (original compositions and viola) & Elizabeth Barrett (poems and reading); Produced by Meridian Records, 2008.
The Bat Detector
1
Music for Dylan
2
The Bat Detector
3
Music
4
The Absence of Bats
5
Bat music
6
Just another Bat
7
Music
8
Baby Bat
9
Music
10
Batwoman
11
Emergence
12
Music
Magnolia
13
Music
14
The Hug
15
Music
16
At my Back
17
Music
18
Magnolia
19
Music
20
Yes
21
Music
22
Leopard
23
That Swan
24
Music
25
This Fish
26
Music
27
Fallen Heaven
28
Music
29
Best that I can be
30
Music

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