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16 January 2019

Wendy Ireland (1958-2018)

Wendy Ireland in 2016. Image: Wendy Ireland in 2016.  

AMC's Associate artist, cellist, composer, conductor and music educator Wendy Ireland passed away peacefully on 25 December 2018 at the age of 60.

She began composing for choirs and stringed instruments in the early 2000s, and soon started a long-term project of writing a junior school string program entitled Exploring Strings. She had works commissioned and recorded by a wide range of youth ensembles and choirs, including Hunter Singers and Newcastle Grammar School, and her solo viola pieces were included in the AMEB syllabus. Ireland's last commissions included a work for string orchestra Mala Rain for the 2016 Festival of Instrumental Music at the Opera House, and a series of works subtitled 'Kitty Miniatures' for viola and piano, for an anthology of viola works by women composers.

As a professional cellist, teacher and conductor, Ireland held positions with the Sydney and Newcastle Conservatoriums, the Hunter Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra and a number of schools in the Sydney, Newcastle and Central Coast regions. Ireland was also the founding Director of Newcastle's Hunter Strings.

Ireland was the Coordinator of Strings at Sydney Girls High School where she directed the School's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia. She also directed the senior string orchestra at Moriah College. She was a regular guest conductor and workshop presenter for many regional schools and Conservatoriums in NSW.

> Wendy Ireland - AMC profile


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