Renowned Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy shares insights into his favourite festival memories, what inspires him, and why you should go see The First Child at Galway International Arts Festival 2022.
D: It’s always been a blast at this Festival, from Crash and Iarla O’Lionaird absolutely taking off with Grá agus Bás years ago to the opening night of The Second Violinist last time. I love that Enda is kind of a semi mythical presence in Galway and that the food at Ard Bia is so good.
D: Everywhere. I remember once wondering how I started a particular piece and then I heard the printer going, and there it was.
D: It’s been very efficient right from the start! Well maybe I’ve always been slightly slower (there are a lot of notes!) whereas Enda is like a racing horse. I’m bowled over by how fast he comes up with it all. It has been a great joy to work with Enda. We are incredibly open to what the other adds to the process. I doubt I’ll ever have another collaborative experience like it.
D: The operas! Hopefully they might live on.
D: Oh there really is no other way to experience them other than completely live!
See The First Child live at Galway International Arts Festival 2022.