Soprano, Aisling Kenny is a soloist, ensemble singer and recitalist from Galway in the west of Ireland. She performs regularly as a soloist with leading Irish ensembles including Irish Baroque Orchestra, Resurgam, Sestina, Camerata Kilkenny and Chamber Choir Ireland. While her musical interests are broad, her specialisms include renaissance lute song, baroque sacred music and art song. She was soprano soloist in Bach Cantatas BWV82a Ich habe genug and BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with Irish Baroque Orchestra directed by Peter Whelan at the National Concert Hall in June 2021, and in NCH’s Elegy concert in July 2020 with Chamber Choir Ireland directed by Andrew Synnott. She features regularly in NCH’s Chamber Music Series in concerts with IBO and Camerata Kilkenny. A frequent recitalist, highlights include Dowland’s lute songs with Thomas Dunford in Paris and Kilkenny, concerts with historical harpist, Siobhán Armstrong, at Galway Early Music Festival and East Cork Early Music Festival, and a recital at Oxford University with Cecily Lock for Clara Schumann’s bicentenary.
As a soloist, Aisling has sung with Irish Chamber Orchestra, Linden Baroque, Staatskapelle Halle, ConTempo Quartet, Marlborough Baroque, Luminosa String Orchestra, The Orchestra of St Cecilia, and with choirs and choral societies including Dublin Bach Singers, Galway Baroque Singers, Culwick Choral Society, Carlow Choral Society, Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, St Nicholas’ Singers, Tallaght Choral Society, Armagh City Choir, Tribal Chamber Choir, Galway Choral Association, Athlone Choral Society, Diva Voces and Phoenix Choir. Aisling performs regularly as a soloist at many of Ireland’s festivals including Galway Early Music Festival, Clifden Arts Festival, Sligo Baroque Festival, Ardee Baroque Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Cork Choral Festival, Finding a Voice, New Music Dublin, Belfast International Arts Festival, as well as Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
An experienced ensemble singer, Aisling is an Associate Artist with Resurgam, directed by Mark Duley and a member of Sestina, directed by Mark Chambers, and a regular singer with Collegium Vocale Gent, directed by Philippe Herreweghe. She has performed at venues and festivals throughout the world including Salzburg Festival, Berlin Philharmonie, Expo 2020 Dubai, St Thomas’ 5th Avenue, New York, Berlin Konzerthaus, Polish National Opera, Ravel Festival St Jean-de-Luz, Beethoven Festival Bonn, and Bozar, Brussels. Aisling has also sung with Ensemble Marsyas, Atalante and ensembÉal. With Sestina she has performed on BBC Radio 3’s In tune and recently recorded two discs for Resonus Classics, and for Linn Records with Irish Baroque Orchestra, due for release in 2022.
Aisling was artistic resident at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in March 2019 supported by Music Network and the Arts Council. She is a recent recipient of the Arts Council’s Music Bursary and gratefully acknowledges this support.
Aisling studied music at Maynooth University and vocal performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, with Evelyn Tubb and later with Ulrich Messthaler. She has participated in master classes with Paul Farrington, Margreet Honig, Emma Kirkby, Christine Schäfer and Andreas Scholl. She has been fortunate to also work with Ansy Boothroyd, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Mary Brennan, David Blunden, Valérie Guillorit, Regina Hanley, Judith Mok, Dorothea Sidow, Paul Triepels and Gerd Türk and currently studies with Ian Howell, Heidi Moss and James Platt.
When not performing, she enjoys her work as a vocal coach and regularly facilitates vocal technique workshops for choirs.
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