Noel Culleton’s book sheds light on female composers of history

Former RTE newsreader and Wexford Ambassador Anne Doyle will launch a new book called Classical Women by Dr Noel Culleton at Wexford Town Library on Thursday July 14 at 7pm.

his book, which took more than three years to research and write, incorporates the amazing stories of 26 female composers spanning 1,000 years of history, who despite enormous odds broke down barriers in the world music dominated by men.

This is Noel’s third book in a series on classical composers, the last being Classical Connections which Anne Doyle launched three years ago.

The 180-page book was illustrated by David Mahon and during a promotion at Wexford Docks, he and Noel were serenaded by three musical sisters from traditional band Bailiú – Ann Wickham on flute, Alice McIntyre née Wickham on violin and Liz Wickham on flute. .

Noel credits a number of people with serving as advisers to the publication, including musician and Kilmore native Maria Noelle Creevey; designer John Gibney of Enniscorthy; editor of Ireland’s Own Anthology Phil Murphy and communications consultant Declan Lyons of Arthurstown and Glenageary.

Dr Culleton is a former Chief Executive of Johnstown Castle Agricultural Research Institute and helped formulate Irish/EU policy on water quality and climate change.

David Mahon is an architect in the town of Wexford and founder of art studio Dear Illustrator. He has worked as an architect and artist in the United States, New Zealand and Japan and has overseen design-build projects in Africa and the Pacific Islands. He is due to leave soon for a two-month project in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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