Peter Leavy Recipient of 2023 King House Piano Commission Awards

Peter Leavy
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 15:00

Roscommon County Council Arts Office announces the recipients of the 2023 King House Piano Commission Awards - Bianca Gannon, Peter Leavy and CMC-represented composer Fiona Linnane.The 2023 Commission marks the third in a series of music commissions by Roscommon County Council, in celebration of the grand piano at King House, purchased in 1998 through the Arts Council of Ireland Joint Purchase Scheme.

Peter Leavy, an award-winning composer-pianist, is Head of Piano at the Leeson Park School of Music and a tutor at Maynooth University. The title of his work, 'The Last Flame', is taken from a first-hand account of the fire which destroyed Rockingham House in 1957. This dramatic testimony was written by local historian and watchmaker, Richard McGee (1930-2016), and was published in the Moylurg Writers second local history collection. Peter explains, “The text is brilliantly written, full of drama, poetry, vivid description, and possessing a beautifully paced narrative; it is, in a sense, ready-made for a purely musical translation.”