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Bill Whelan

 b. 1950Bill Whelan (Photo © Richard Noble)

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Composer of Riverdance, the internationally acclaimed stage production celebrating irish dancing and Celtic music * Riverdance has played 10,000 performances and has been seen live by over 23 million people in over 350 venues worldwide * Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite is available for orchestral performance together with The Seville Suite and The Connemara Suite *  Composer, arranger and producer, Bill Whelan was born in Limerick in 1950 * Compositional work for films includes Dancing at Lughnasa, Some Mother's Son and Lamb * TV credits include music for The Seven Ages, Sean Ó Mordha's history of the Irish State * From 1989 composed music for 15 Yeats plays at Ireland's National Abbey Theatre * Production and arranging credits include U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris and Planxty * Classical compositions include new work Emerald Tiger for violinist Vanessa-Mae 

Works by Bill Whelan include:
The Seville Suite (1992) for ensemble 
The Connemara Suite (2005) for solo voice, instruments and chamber orchestra
Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite (2012) for orchestra

Looking Ahead: Riverdance tours of Netherlands (Apr 2014) and UK (Sep-Dec 2014); new flute concerto, Linen and Lace, premiered by James Galway in Dublin (20 Jun)

Also visit the Riverdance and Bill Whelan websites

"Joyful, exciting and spectacular. Bill Whelan’s music is haunting, evocative." — New York Daily News

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