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Playlist of John Ireland

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  • John Ireland - I still hear you breathe

    3:31

    He was born John Griffith on the 24th August 1954 in Ireland. He attended Boksburg High School in the mid-70s. In 1977 he and Jonathan Handley formed the band Slither and were based in Springs. He studied medicine with Jonathan at Wits University and they both became doctors. Slither later became The Radio Rats. John has musical training in classical piano to an advanced level and also plays guitar and drums.

    He had hits with You're living inside my head in 1978 and I like in 1982. This song was released on his album John Ireland in 1982.

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  • John Ireland ‒ Decorations

    10:05

    John Ireland (1879 - 1962), Decorations (1912 - 1913)

    Performed by John Lenehan

    00:00 - No. 1 The Island Spell
    03:50 - No. 2 Moonglade
    07:15 - No. 3 The Scarlet Ceremonies

    The three piecesa that constitute Decorations were published in 1915 and reflect earlier visits to the Channel Islands. The first of the set, The Island Spell, was started during a holiday in Jersey in 1912 inspired by Le Fauvic beach. After work on the piece at home in Chelsea, he completed it in Jersey the following year, along with the rest of the set. Arthur Symons and Arthur Machen are quoted in two of the pieces.

    The set was reviewed by the Monthly Musical Record in August 1915, as follows:

    These three pieces are well named, since they are the most successful pieces of pictorial writing we have encountered since the advent of Maurice Ravel, whose style they somewhat resemble as regards technique. Magic seas and fairy woods are evoked by the subtlest art in the first piece, “The Island Spell”. Is it by accident that one conjures up the magic music of Shakespeare’s “Tempest”? An all-pervading mood is here, as with the best types of decorative music. There is a curious compelling charm and feeling of remoteness about the “Moon-Glade”, also written over a poem of Arthur Symons commencing “Why are you so sorrowful in dreams?” This piece is pure impressionism. The fading tonality at the close, so like the stuff dreams are made of, is a wonderful piece of tone-artistry. The third movement entitled “The Scarlet Ceremonies” is the most striking of the set. It is founded on a quotation from Arthur Machen’s “The House of Souls”. Against a continuously palpitating pattern in the right hand a trumpet-like theme is given out by the left. The whole movement is evolved from the first twelve bars or so. The theme passes to the right hand later on, appearing over a fluttering figure of fourths in the bass. There is an original “pedal-point” effect at the end, and a new double glissando of white and black notes which will be responsible for many grazed fingers. Originality breathes in every bar of the Decorations, and the composer evidently possesses peculiar magic powers in the world of sound.

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  • John Ireland - I like.wmv

    5:27

    John Ireland - I like

    S.A. TOP 20 HISTORY:
    Entered: 3 July 1982
    Highest position: 2
    Weeks: 15

    Born in Ireland (real name John Griffith) but attended school in South Africa (Boksburg High) in the mid-70s. Also had a hit in 1978 with You're living inside my head.

  • Comedy Overture by John Ireland

    10:17

    Jones and Crossland Band
    Broadcast in 1984
    Conducted by Stephen Roberts
    Written for the National Brass Band Championships 1934

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  • John Ireland - A Downland Suite - 3rd Movement

    4:54

    John Ireland (1879-1962)

    A Downland Suite - 3rd Movement (Minuet)

  • John Ireland - London Pieces

    10:34

    I: Chelsea Reach 00:04
    II: Ragamuffin 06:08
    III: Soho Forenoons 08:01

    Pf. John Lenehan

    London Pieces is a set of three pieces for piano solo composed in 1917–20 by John Ireland. A performance of all three pieces takes about 11½ minutes. Their titles are:

    1.Chelsea Reach
    2.Ragamuffin
    3.Soho Forenoons

    Chelsea is an affluent area in central London, bounded to the south by the River Thames. A reach is (among other things) a stretch of water. Chelsea Reach is the portion of the River Thames by Chelsea.
    A ragamuffin is a street urchin.
    Soho is an area of the City of Westminster, and part of London's West End. The forenoon is the morning.
    (wiki)
    Some players play this including 'Month's Mind (1935)' , but it's not correct.

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  • John Ireland - Piano Trio No. 3 in E

    28:37

    John Ireland (1879 - 1962)
    Piano Trio No. 3 in E (1938)

    I. Allegro moderato - 00:00
    II. Scherzo: Vivace - 09:05
    III. Andante cantabile - 13:20
    IV. Con moto - 23:38

    Yfrah Neaman, Violin
    Julian Lloyd Webber, Cello
    Eric Parkin, Piano

  • John Ireland - Piano Trio No. 2 in E

    15:17

    John Ireland (1879 - 1962)
    Piano Trio No. 2 in E (1917)

    Yfrah Neaman, Violin
    Julian Lloyd Webber, Cello
    Eric Parkin, Piano

  • John Ireland: April

    4:12

    John Ireland: April (No. 1 of Two Pieces, 1925)
    John Ireland, piano

    Recorded February 18, 1929, on English Columbia 78-rpm matrix WAX 4677, and issued as Columbia L 2317. The piece serves as the filler for Ireland's Cello Sonata, played by Antoni Sala and Ireland, which has been uploaded separately.

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  • John Ireland - I like...

    4:21

    Born John Griffith on 24 August 1954 in Ireland, but came to South Africa as a child and attended Boksburg High School in the mid-1970s. In 1977 he formed the band Slither with Jonathan Handley (based in Springs). He studied medicine with Jonathan at Wits University and they both became doctors. Slither later became The Radio Rats. John has musical training in classical piano to an advanced level and also plays guitar and drums.

    He had South African Top 20 hits with You're living inside my head in 1978 and with I like... (the 7 single release of this song) in 1982.

    This song is off the album John Ireland, released in 1982. It's slightly shorter than the 7 single release, and the arrangement also differs.

    All songs on the album were written, composed, arranged and produced by John Ireland.

  • John Ireland - Fantasy Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

    14:27

    Fantasy-Sonata, for clarinet and piano (1943)

    A single-movement chamber work for clarinet and piano by English composer John Ireland (1879-1962). Ireland composed this piece in 1943 while staying with Rev. Paul Walde in Little Sampford rectory, Essex, after fleeing Guernsey in 1940 before the German invasion. The sonata is dedicated to the prominent British clarinettist Frederick Jack Thurston (1901-1953), for whom numerous composers such as Bax, Bliss, Maconchy, Howells and Malcolm Arnold composed music. Ireland considered the clarinet the greatest woodwind instrument, and his love of the instrument is evident in this work.

    If you have access to the JSTOR database, you can find an analysis of the Fantasy-Sonata by Scott Goddard here:


    Clarinet: Emma Johnson
    Piano: Malcolm Martineau

  • John Ireland - Nicole

    4:49

    Nicole (1978) Teal This single reached #8 on the Springbok charts in December 1978.
    He was born John Griffith on the 24th August 1954 in Ireland (some sources say Boksburg). He attended Boksburg High School in the mid-70s. In 1977 he and Jonathan Handley formed the band Slither and were based in Springs. He studied medicine with Jonathan at Wits University and they both became doctors. Slither later became The Radio Rats. John has musical training in classical piano to an advanced level and also plays guitar and drums.
    Release information:
    1978, Teal, JIC9999 (South Africa)
    1978, Ariola Records 200 289 - 320 (Cassette 400 289 - 352) (Germany)

  • John Ireland - Concertino Pastorale II

    6:08

    Another work by John Ireland, and one of my favourite pieces of his.

    From Rob Barnett at Musicweb:

    Concertino Pastorale is one of Ireland's most touching works and this version has never been surpassed for its sumptuous and elegiac tone. The string sound has no steel, only silver, and an oaken attack. This is Ireland full of vitality and perhaps influenced by the young Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra. It also has that resonance, vitality and liveliness that will remind you of the Lyrita recording of Boult's Moeran Sinfonietta.

    I certainly heard echoes of Sir Michael Tippett in this slow, moving piece.

    Read more:

    My photos here, as so often, are of parts the Derbyshire Peak District of England including the church of St. John the Baptist at Tidewell, of which more here:

    The little building at 1:29 (with Union Flag afly) is the Treak Cliff Cavern entrance at Castleton. The subsequent picture features some of the stalactites of this renowned cavern where the beautiful sapphire-blue Derbyshire Blue John crystal was mined in abundance (before its virtual disappearance owing to short-supply and mining).

    I hope you enjoy this work as much as I.

    For more videos and other information about the Peak District please visit Let's Stay Peak District at

    Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    A Lyrita Recording
    1966 and 1978 ADD
    LYRITA SRCD.242

  • John Ireland - Elegiac Romance

    9:06

    Played by Andrew Dewar on the organ of St Michael’s Cornhill, London.

  • John Ireland Bagatelle

    2:40

    Konstantin BEZRODNY (violin)
    Mikhail MISHCHENKO (piano)

    MUSICA BRITANNICA
    100 years of British music
    Concert 4
    The Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum-Apartment,
    St.Petersburg
    17th of December 2011

    Supported by
    The RVW Trust
    The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust
    The Delius Trust
    The John Ireland Charitable Trust
    The Herbert Howells Trust

  • Twelve Oxen, by John Ireland - Robin Hendrix mezzo-soprano

    2:16

    Robin Hendrix sings John Ireland's rambunctious piece celebrating the colorful cattle found in the countryside of of England, using traditional text in the folk style. Michel Prezman accompanies this wonderful piece, recorded in Holland in Oct 2008. A little boy passing through the lanes hears four different farmers each praise the beauty of his twelve (12) oxen (cattle), brown, white, black and red.
    Robin Hendrix is a concert artist, author, and teacher. Her book, How to Sing Like the Great Singers, sets out the means by which the Great Singers of the operatic and concert stage created and maintained their beautiful voices, and describes how a motivated singer can arrive at the same results. The book came about by necessity. After “hitting the wall” in middle age, a common event for natural singers, Robin found it increasingly difficult to rehearse her usual concert repertoire and she went looking for answers. Finding no help from gurus or experts, she set out on her own to find the secrets of a free and easy production of the lyric voice. She found the answers and more. Visit for details. Robin lives with her husband, composer/pianist Michel Prezman, in Serdinya, a little village in the south of France.

  • John Ireland - Greater love hath no man

    6:56

    John Nicholson Ireland (13 August 1879 – 12 June 1962) was an English composer and teacher of music. The majority of his output consists of piano miniatures and of songs with piano. His best-known works include the short instrumental or orchestral work The Holy Boy, a setting of the poem Sea Fever by John Masefield, a formerly much-played Piano Concerto, the hymn tune Love Unknown and the choral motet Greater Love Hath No Man

    Greater love hath no man (1912; orch. 1924)

    London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Richard Hickox

  • John Ireland, If there were dreams to sell

    2:34

    Roderick Williams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano).

    Thomas Lovell Beddoes - 'Se i sogni fossero in vendita'

    Se i sogni fossero in vendita,
    cosa compreresti?
    Alcuni una campana a morto,
    altri un sospiro leggero,
    tale da scuotere dalla fresca corona della Vita
    solo un petalo di rosa.
    Se i sogni fossero in vendita,
    cosa bella e triste da dire,
    e il venditore battesse l'asta,
    cosa compreresti?

    Una tranquilla villetta di campagna,
    con annesso un bel pergolato ombreggiato,
    tale da placare le mie pene,
    finché non passerò ad altra vita.
    Eppure anche questa bella perla
    mi scuoterebbe invano
    dalla fresca corona della Vita.

    Se si potesse comandare i sogni
    la cosa migliore sarebbe di sanare
    questo mio male di vivere,
    e questo sogno sì che lo comprerei.

  • Ireland Piano Concerto in E flat major

    25:55

    John Ireland
    Piano Concerto in E flat major

    Eric Parkin, piano
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Bryden Thomson

  • John Ireland - The Holy Boy

    3:02

    John Ireland entered the Royal College of Music. He studied piano and organ there, and later composition under Charles Villiers Stanford. He subsequently became a teacher at the College himself, his pupils including Richard Arnell and Ernest John Moeran (who both admired him); Benjamin Britten (who found Ireland's teaching less interesting); the socialist composer Alan Bush; Geoffrey Bush (no relation to Alan), who subsequently edited or arranged many of Ireland's works for publication; and Anthony Bernard. He was sub-organist at Holy Trinity Sloane Street, London SW1, and later became organist and choirmaster at St. Luke's Church, Chelsea.

    From Charles Villiers Stanford, Ireland inherited a thorough knowledge of the music of Beethoven, Brahms and other German classical composers, but as a young man he was also strongly influenced by Debussy and Ravel as well as by the earlier works of Stravinsky and Bartók. From these influences, he developed his own brand of English Impressionism, related more closely to French and Russian models than to the folk-song style then prevailing in English music.
    Like most other Impressionist composers, Ireland favoured small forms and wrote neither symphonies nor operas, although his Piano Concerto is among his best works. His output includes some chamber music and a substantial body of piano works, including his best-known piece The Holy Boy, known in numerous arrangements. His songs to poems by A. E. Housman, Thomas Hardy, Christina Rossetti, John Masefield, Rupert Brooke and others, are a valuable addition to English vocal repertoire, and in the opinion of some[who?] are among the best of English art song. Due to his job at St Luke's Church, he also wrote hymns, carols, and other sacred choral music; among choirs he is probably best known for the anthem Greater love hath no man, often sung in services that commemorate the victims of war. The hymn tune My Song Is Love Unknown is sung in churches throughout the English-speaking world. His Communion Service in C is also performed. He appears as pianist in a recording of his Fantasy Sonata for Clarinet and Piano with , and his Violin Sonata No. 1 (of 1909) with , who performed and recorded several of his chamber works.
    Ireland also wrote the score for the Australian film The Overlanders (his only film score), from which an orchestral suite was extracted posthumously by Charles Mackerras. Some of his pieces, such as the popular A Downland Suite and Themes from Julius Caesar, were completed or re-transcribed after his death by his student Geoffrey Bush. Conductor Martin Yates has released a 2011 recording (on the Dutton Epoch label) of his orchestration of Sarnia: An Island Sequence.

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  • John Ireland - Epic March

    9:13

    John Nicholson Ireland (13 August 1879 – 12 June 1962) was an English composer and teacher of music. The majority of his output consists of piano miniatures and of songs with piano. His best-known works include the short instrumental or orchestral work The Holy Boy, a setting of the poem Sea Fever by John Masefield, a formerly much-played Piano Concerto, the hymn tune Love Unknown and the choral motet Greater Love Hath No Man

    Epic March (1942)

    London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox

    In July 1939 Ireland moved to Guernsey, but by May 1940 was forced to leave the island due to the imminent German invasion. On his return to London he produced a number of war-related works, including the patriotic Epic March (1942). This orchestral work was commissioned by the Ministry of Information, whose aim was to foster community spirit and a national, democratic aspiration for peace. In conjunction with Adrian Boult and the BBC, the Ministry contracted a number of composers to write musical works for propaganda purposes. In September 1940 Boult approached Vaughan Williams to produce a song or hymn on a patriotic theme, the outcome of which was England, my England, and in November he then proposed to Ireland that he should consider writing a patriotic march. Epic March is prefaced with this definition of the word ‘epic’: ‘Concerning some heroic action or series of actions and events of deep and lasting significance in the history of a nation or race’. It has two principal musical ideas, one a grim, driving theme in C minor, dominated by brass, the second a more ponderous theme in C major. The central section of this anti-fascist march introduces a new lyrical melody in E flat major, its broad lyricism in contrast to the brittle opening. The march ends with its opening music transformed into the tonic major key.

  • John Ireland - She speaks to me

    3:05

    Music video for she speaks to me from eccentric South African pop artist John Ireland who also had a hit with I like.

  • Amberley Wild Brooks by John Ireland

    3:54

    I believe this is the first performance of this piece to be posted on Youtube. :)

    This is my performance of a somewhat esoteric piano piece called Amberley Wild Brooks; it was composed in 1921 by John Ireland, a British composer whose impressionistic works display influences of Debussy and Ravel. This is probably one of his better-known and more frequently played pieces, next to Island Spell.
    Amberley Wild Brooks is the name of an actual marshland that branches off the River Arun in West Sussex, England, and upon hearing the piece in a John Lenehan recording I immediately thought of a type of riverside scenario with all sorts of wildlife and changing currents. I then immediately decided I wanted to learn it myself...then I asked my piano teacher if she had the sheet music and she told me that she did, even though she hadn't looked at it in at least 40 years. :)

    This piece is tranquil at times and tumultuous at others, and often times the melody just meanders about without staying on a single key. I practiced this piece for about three months on and off. I wish I could've played the runs a bit more cleanly, and maybe brought out a few of the voices a bit more, but overall I'm quite pleased with this performance.

    This performance is dedicated to my father on his birthday. He is an avid fisherman and some of his favorite locales include the gorges and streams of Ithaca, New York. I played this piece at my parents' home on their baby grand.

  • My Song Is Love Unknown - Kings College, Cambridge

    3:32

    Listen to King's College Choir, free, on their website:





    The choir of King's College, Cambridge sing My Song Is Love Unknown. The choir are joined by the congregation in singing Samuel Crossman's words to the beautiful melody love unknown composed by John Ireland.

    My song is love unknown,
    My Saviors love to me;
    Love to the loveless shown,
    That they might lovely be.
    O who am I, that for my sake
    My Lord should take, frail flesh and die?

    He came from His blest throne
    Salvation to bestow;
    But men made strange, and none
    The longed for Christ would know:
    But O! my Friend, my Friend indeed,
    Who at my need His life did spend.

    Sometimes they strew His way,
    And His sweet praises sing;
    Resounding all the day
    Hosannas to their King:
    Then Crucify! is all their breath,
    And for His death they thirst and cry.

    They rise and needs will have
    My dear Lord made away;
    A murderer they saved,
    The Prince of life they slay,
    Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
    That He His foes from thence might free.

    Here might I stay and sing,
    No story so divine;
    Never was love, dear King!
    Never was grief like Thine.
    This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise
    I all my days could gladly spend.

  • John Ireland These Things shall Be

    22:20

    John Ireland
    These Things shall Be

  • John Ireland: Greater Love

    6:53

    The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford
    David Crown (conductor)

    Gedächtniskirche, Berlin
    22 July 2009

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    Conductor:

    Recorded and edited by Stefan Schwarz
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  • John Ireland, Piano Concerto, II mov.

    7:44

    London Philarmonic orchestra, Bryden Thomson (dir.), Eric Parkin (piano)

  • John Ireland, Romance

    11:26

    Lydia Mordkovitch (violin), Ian Brown (piano).

  • Intrada for Organ by John Ireland

    3:49

    Intrada for Organ by John Ireland (1879-1962), Liferecording from a concert in St. Ludgerus,
    Rheine, Germany, May, 29th, 1994, Gregor Oechtering, organ.
    This is an extract from an old VHS-Video, quality is not really good,
    sorry...

  • John Ireland - The Darkened Valley | Alice Tay

    3:37

    The Darkened Valley composed by John Ireland.
    Played by 11 year old Alice.

  • Ireland Mai Dun Symphonic Rhapody

    13:43

    John Ireland

    Mai-Dun Symphonic Rhapody

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Bryden Thomson

  • Alla Marcia by John Ireland played by Simon Kane

    3:26

    Alla Marcia by John Ireland. Played by Simon Kane at the organ of Chester Cathedral.
    I have recently started playing again so there may be the odd mistake here and there. I am not a professional organist and have another full time job. I have only started playing again within the last year and not within the last ten. I hope you enjoy.

  • John Ireland - Phantasie for Piano Trio With score

    11:25

    Composer: John Ireland (13 August 1879 - 12 June 1962)
    Performers: Holywell Ensemble [Kate Bailey (violin), Spike Wilson (cello), Margaret Ozanne (piano)]

    'Phantasie' for Piano Trio [Piano Trio No. 1], written in 1906

    John Ireland (1879-1962) was born in the English village of Bowdon near the city of Manchester. After studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Charles Villiers Stanford, he pursued a career as a composer and teacher eventually obtaining a position at the College. Among his students were Ernest Moeran and Benjamin Britten. Primarily a composer of songs, during the early part of his career, Ireland did write chamber music and won the first prize in the 1908 Cobbett Competition for chamber music with his First Violin Sonata.

    His Phantasie for Piano Trio in a minor dates from 1906 and was composed for an earlier Cobbett Competition. The Cobbett Competitions were designed to encourage the younger generation of British composers to write chamber music. Its founder and benefactor was the chamber music aficionado William Wilson Cobbett. The rules of the competition provided an alternate format, the old English Fancy for Fantasia from the time of Purcell, to the traditional four movement work which had developed from Haydn onwards. There was to be only a single movement of around 15 minutes duration embracing a variety of moods, tone colors and tempi while at the same time retaining an inner unity.

    Ireland’s Phantasie for Piano Trio, in keeping with the rules of the competition, is in one movement but has three sections. The trio begins in dramatic and full of passion, but there are also reflective and brooding interludes characterized by chromaticism as well as beautifully melodic and jovial episodes.

    Original Audio:

  • John Ireland, The Scarlet Ceremonies played by Julian Hellaby

    2:52

    'The Scarlet Ceremonies' - John Ireland (1879 - 1962)

    Julian Hellaby (piano)

    'The Scarlet Ceremonies' is the third of a suite of three pieces called 'Decorations', and was written in 1913. It was inspired by a story called 'The White People' by Welsh supernaturalist, Arthur Machen. The score is prefaced by this quotation: ... Then there are the ceremonies which are all of them important, but some are more delightful than others - there are the White Ceremonies, and the Green Ceremonies, and the Scarlet Ceremonies. The Scarlet Ceremonies are the best ...

    This performance formed part of a recent recital at Coventry University.

  • John Ireland - Phantasie Trio in A minor

    11:28

    Phantasie Trio (Piano Trio No. 1) in A minor (1906)

    A one-movement piece for violin, cello and piano by English composer John Ireland (1879-1962).

    Holywell Ensemble [Kate Bailey (violin), Spike Wilson (cello), Margaret Ozanne (piano)]

  • John Ireland, The Towing-Path

    3:57

    Eric Serkin, piano

  • John Ireland - Youre living inside my head

    6:26

    He was born John Griffith on the 24th August 1954 in Ireland. He attended Boksburg High School in the mid-70s. In 1977 he and Jonathan Handley formed the band Slither and were based in Springs. He studied medicine with Jonathan at Wits University and they both became doctors. Slither later became The Radio Rats. John has musical training in classical piano to an advanced level and also plays guitar and drums.

    He had South African Top 20 hits with this song, which reached number 8 and charted for 9 weeks in 1978, and I like in 1982.

    This song is off the album Thinking Aloud released in 1978.

  • John Ireland - youre living inside my head

    6:08

    Produced by Peter Hubner/M.S.C. Productions
    Recorded at Videosound Studios, Blairgowrie June/July 1978
    Produced and Engineered by John Lindemann
    Recorded at RPM Studios

    Musicians:

    John Ireland: Vocals, keyboards, synthesisers
    Jethro Butow: acoustic & electric guitars
    Gerald Stockton: bass guitar & trombone
    Richard Pickett: drums
    René Veldsman: Female vocals on 'Stars' and 'With A Bit Of Lu-lu-luck'
    Mike Scott & Peter Hubner: trumpets

  • Heloise Ph. Palmer: April by John Ireland

    4:21

    &

    piano: Heloise Ph. Palmer

    image: wanderlust (© HP Palmer)

    - live recording of the premiere of my Abide with me show, October 2012

  • My Song is love unknown, John Ireland

    2:57

    Feel free to skip ahead to practice your part!
    0:13 - Soprano Part/Organ Accompaniment
    0:47 - Alto Part
    1:22 - Tenor Part
    1:55 - Bass Part
    3:45 - Organ Accompaniment

  • A Comedy Overture - John Ireland

    10:56

    Grimethorpe Colliery Band/Elgar Howarth, conductor.

  • John Ireland - The Holy Boy

    3:33

    John Ireland - 'The Holy Boy' (1917)
    Andante tranquillo

    A really nice, gentle piece by the underrated English composer, John Ireland (1879-1962), requested by a fellow youtuber.

    Recorded Jan. 2011 at home in Tiverton, Devon

  • John Ireland - Teenage love

    3:30

    He was born John Griffith on the 24th August 1954 in Ireland. He attended Boksburg High School in the mid-70s. In 1977 he and Jonathan Handley formed the band Slither and were based in Springs. He studied medicine with Jonathan at Wits University and they both became doctors. Slither later became The Radio Rats. John has musical training in classical piano to an advanced level and also plays guitar and drums.

    He had South African Top 20 hits with You're living inside my head in 1978 and I like in 1982.

    This song is off the album She Speaks To Me released in 1983.

  • John Ireland - Nicole

    4:49

    Born John Griffith on 24 August 1954 in Ireland, but came to South Africa as a child and attended Boksburg High School in the mid-1970s. In 1977 he formed the band Slither with Jonathan Handley (based in Springs). He studied medicine with Jonathan at Wits University and they both became doctors. Slither later became The Radio Rats. John has musical training in classical piano to an advanced level and also plays guitar and drums.

    He had South African Top 20 hits with You're living inside my head in 1978 (#8, 9 weeks) and with I like... in 1982 (#2, 15 weeks).

    This song is off the album Revelation, released in 1980. All songs on the album were written by John Ireland. It was first released on the album Thinking Aloud in 1978.

  • Ireland in F Nunc Dimittis

    3:33

    Nunc Dimittis in F by John Ireland, sung by the choir of St Stephen's Church, Canterbury in Portsmouth Cathedral, August 2012

  • Spring Sorrow by John Ireland

    1:36

  • I have Twelve Oxen by John Ireland, Performed by Sheyda Shams

    2:10

    Sheyda Shams, 13, sings I have Twelve Oxen, by John Ireland, during the 9th Annual Margaret Abbott Memorial English Song Competition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, on October 19th, 2016.

  • II. Elegy

    4:58

    Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

    II. Elegy · Royal Ballet Sinfonia

    English String Miniatures, Vol. 5

    ℗ 2006 Naxos

    Released on: 2006-06-20

    Conductor: Gavin Sutherland
    Composer: Geoffrey Bush
    Composer: John Ireland
    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • John Ireland

    6:01

    I recorded this intriguing Prelude by John Ireland, one of England's unsung musical heroes, in december 2008. On listening back recently I it seemed to me that this performance, while maybe not perfect, is quite presentable. AFAIK this prelude had not been uploaded yet, so here goes. I hope it does Ireland's genius right and helps him being recognized as one of the greatest English piano composers..

  • Hope by John Ireland

    1:35

    Performed by Julian Lloyd Webber and John Lenehan

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