Irish soprano, Aisling Kenny, is a soloist and ensemble singer specialising in early music and art song. She pursues a busy freelance career at home and abroad and sings frequently as a soloist in baroque chamber music and oratorio. Recent performances include Couperin Leçons de Ténèbres, Bach Johannes-Passion, Matthäus-Passion, B minor Mass, cantatas Jesu, der du meine Seele BWV 78, Actus Tragicus BWV 106, Wachet auf BWV 140 and Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten BWV 202, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Il duello amoroso and Armida Abbandonata. She has sung as a soloist with Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny, Marlborough Baroque, The Orchestra of St Cecilia, Linden Baroque and the Staatskapelle Halle and as a soloist with choirs including Dublin Bach Singers, Galway Baroque Singers, Tribal Chamber Choir, Culwick Choral Society, Carlow Choral Society, St Nicholas’ Singers, Athlone Choral Society and Phoenix Choir. Aisling has performed as a soloist in several festivals including the Galway Early Music Festival, Sligo Baroque Festival, Ardee Baroque Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and New Music Dublin. With the recently formed baroque group, Ensemble Revelare, she has performed at the Irish Georgian Society, Kaleidoscope Night, and in the At the Drawing Room Series and will perform at Castletown House later this year.
Aisling is a devoted song recitalist and loves singing with lute, fortepiano and guitar. Recent recitals include Dowland’s lute songs with Thomas Dunford in Paris during an Artistic Residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, supported by Music Network and a travel and training grant from the Arts Council, Clara Schumann’s Lieder with Cecily Lock at the Clara Schumann bicentenary conference at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
A keen ensemble singer, Aisling is a member of several professional groups including Resurgam, Chamber Choir Ireland, Sestina and Crux and has sung with Collegium Vocale Gent, Ensemble Marsyas and Atalante.
Aisling studied music at Maynooth University and vocal performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, with Evelyn Tubb. She has participated in master classes with Paul Farrington, Margreet Honig, Emma Kirkby, Christine Schäfer and Andreas Scholl. In Basel, she also had opportunity to work with Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, David Blunden, Dorothea Sidow, Paul Triepels and Gerd Türk.
‘Irish soprano Aisling Kenny showed off a glorious top register, crystal clear and ringing, delighting the audience.’ Eastbourne Herald
Aisling enjoys giving public singing workshops and has several private vocal students. She is a part-time lecturer in music at DCU and vocal coach to the choirs of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum in Galway. She has recently worked with the Mornington Singers, Laetare, Gracenotes, UCD Community Choir, AIB Choral Society, Limerick Choral Union, and Capella Lyrica at the Cork Choral Festival with Chamber Choir Ireland. She is looking forward to joining Sing Ireland’s International Choral Conducting Summer School 2019 as vocal coach this summer.
Aisling completed a PhD in musicology in 2010 at Maynooth University under the supervision of Prof. Lorraine Byrne Bodley. Current research areas include relationship between vocal technique and style the relationship between music and text in song across eras. She is co-editor of Women and the Nineteenth-Century Lied (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015) with Susan Wollenberg.
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