Newry young musician, Martha Guiney, to perform in Washington to celebrate St Patrick’s Day
Young flautist, Martha Guiney, from Newry, is set to perform at two prestigious Northern Ireland Bureau breakfast events in Washington, on Thursday March 12 March and Friday March 13 March, to mark St Patrick’s Day, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in partnership with the Northern Ireland Bureau North America.
The aim of this performance platform is to showcase the phenomenal growth in different types of musical talent that has taken place in Northern Ireland in recent years and particularly to use the opportunity of St Patrick’s Day celebrations to connect to a much wider audience in North America.
Andrew Elliott, Director/Counselor, NI Bureau, North America, commented,
“There has been a huge explosion of musical talent in Northern Ireland in recent years and it’s a delight for me to have the opportunity to showcase an award winning young flautist, who will be performing to a huge audience in the capital of the United States to mark St Patrick’s Day. The Northern Ireland Bureau breakfast is an institution here in Washington DC and I know that the sound of Martha Guiney’s flute will add enormously to the success of the event.”
Sonya Whitefield, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added,
“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our artists to develop their professional, artistic careers and also to showcase NI talent internationally. We are proud to partner with our colleagues at the Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington to showcase the immense talents of Martha Guiney, a special experience that will stay with the young musician for a long time to come.”
Martha is also a current recipient of the Arts Council and BBC NI’s Young Musician’s Platform Award. These biennial awards aim to showcase and support the development of exceptional young musicians from the region by providing funding awards of £5,000 to be used towards professional development, mentoring or training as-well as broadcast performance opportunities with the Ulster Orchestra. With this funding and professional development support, Martha will be releasing her debut album this summer.
Watch Martha on the BBC discuss her music and her Young Musician’s Platform Award here