RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra sadness at the death of John Kinsella

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is deeply saddened to hear news of the death of John Kinsella. The orchestra enjoyed a long and close association with John over many years both as a composer and during his time in RTÉ, particularly in his role as Head of Music.

The RTÉ NSO had the great pleasure of working closely with John on many occasions on many of his works, most recently the world premiere of his 11th Symphony in November 2019, a joyous occasion which also saw John being honoured with the National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award. Before that, many, many happy times including the first performances of six of his symphonies, of Cúchulainn and Ferdia – Duel and the Ford (written to mark the 60th anniversary of the orchestra in 2008), and the recording of John Kinsella: Orchestral Works, released on the RTÉ lyric fm label ahead of John’s 80th birthday in 2012.

“Gentle and reserved by nature John’s deep love of music and composition has created a lifetime’s output for us which is characterised by rigorous self examination, passion, singlemindedness and originality. He has bestowed his unique talent to Ireland’s musical and cultural life and he deserves our utmost admiration.

Séamus Crimmins, Former Director, RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs and Founding Head, RTÉ lyric fm

John’s contribution to musical life in Ireland was immense. We will miss him greatly. Our deepest sympathies to John’s wife, Thérèse, and to all his family. May he rest in peace.