Irish soprano, Aisling Kenny is a soloist, ensemble singer and recitalist from Galway. 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 Synott. 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 for Galway Early Music with historical harpist, Siobhan Armstrong, and La Fresca Rosa, a programme of 17th-century Italian music with Yonit Kosovske (harpsichord) and Eamon Sweeney (guitars) and a recital at Oxford University with Cecily Lock for Clara Schumann’s bicentenary.
An experienced ensemble singer, Aisling is an Associate Artist with Resurgam and a member of Sestina and Crux Vocal Ensemble. She also sings with Collegium Vocale Gent. Ensemble highlights include Abendmusik concerts and Bach and Before with Resurgam, When David Heard and Beyond the Veil: Concerto Della Donna with Sestina, and performances with Ensemble Revelare at Clifden Arts Festival and Castletown House. Aisling has also sung Ensemble Marsyas, Atalante and ensembÉal.
As a soloist, she has sung with Irish Chamber Orchestra, Marlborough Baroque, Luminosa String Orchestra, The Orchestra of St Cecilia, Linden Baroque and the Staatskapelle Halle 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 as well as Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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 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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