Fiona Linnane is a composer, based in Ireland, specialising in Opera and vocal music. In 2022 she was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Music Bursary to explore creating new work for choirs. This project will also take in a collaboration with violinist Larissa O’Grady inspired by the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History.
Linnane was awarded an Agility Award by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2021 to work with mentor Sinead Hayes on a study of conducting contemporary repertoire. This led to the launch of Limerick New Music Ensemble (formerly CoMA Limerick), an instrumental ensemble and composers collective specialising in music by living composers, founded and directed by Linnane.
In 2021 Linnane worked on several projects exploring sound art, creative audio and installation, supported by an Arts Council of Ireland Music Bursary Award.This included a reflective piece on the pandemic based on the poem Covid-1 by Mary Coll and the soundtrack for the short film From the Well featuring electronics and spoken word, with imagery by Claire O’Rorke.
Recent projects include No.2 Pery Square, a site responsive opera, in collaboration with Limerick based production company Opera Workshop (funded by the Arts Council of Ireland Opera Commissions Award 2020). The Limerick City and County Council awarded her with an Individual Arts Bursary in 2018 and 2019, for work in opera and art song.
Fiona Linnane is widely sought after for her work in arts in education. She has undertaken training at European level through participation in the International Teacher Artist Partnership Professional Development (I-TAP-PD). Her work has twice been recipient of the Arts in Education Documentation Award (2020: Mid West School for the Deaf, 2022: St Brigids National School). She is also on the panel of experts for the Heritage in Schools Programme.
Linnane is very active in community music and collaborative practice. In 2022 she will work with Limerick Bat Group, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland Artist in the Community Scheme. In 2013 she was composer in residence for Bells Across The Burren, an Arts Council of Ireland Artist in the Community project, during which she constructed an outdoor music trail incorporating recycled materials. The project also involved a series of commissions, including Flutter Fossil Fox (published by Cailíno Music Publishers)– a set of pieces for children’s choir, inspired by the creatures of the Burren – and short opera Hag of Loughrask.
Fiona Linnane is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.
photo credit: Claire O’Rorke Photography