Memorial concert offers a feast of Beethoven

Ficino Ensemble.
Ficino Ensemble.

A feast of Beethoven is in store for music fans next Friday, February 24, at 8pm when Music for Galway presents the annual Emily Anderson Memorial Concert.

The chamber music group Ficino Ensemble and young Irish pianist Kevin Jansson will deliver an all-Beethoven programme for piano, strings and chamber ensemble at 8pm in NUIG’s Aula Maxima,

This will be the first event in the newly re-named Emily Anderson Concert Hall at the Aula, making it an extra-special occasion.

Emily Anderson (1891-1962) had a special connection with the music of Beethoven and Mozart, something that’s celebrated each year by Music for Galway. She also had many connections with Galway. Emily was reared in the University Quadrangle, where the Aula is situated, as her father was president of the then Queen’s College, Galway.

She was born when women were finally being allowed to access higher education and took full advantage of this.  Emily got an Honours BA in modern languages after studying in Germany, after which she spent two years lecturing in Barbados. She then returned to Galway, becoming the first professor of German at the university in 1917.  In 1920 she left for England and became one of the first women to be offered a post in the British Foreign Office. Honoured in Britain (OBE) and Germany (Order of Merit), she began publishing her writings in 1920s.

Today, she is best known as editor and translator of the full correspondence of Mozart and of Beethoven.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune