Notes from the arranger
The Valentia Suite is a loving and nostalgic tribute to the beautiful hidden gem Valentia Island, in County Kerry. I have been there almost every summer since I was born with family and extended family, so every place on the island is soaked in memory. This is a very personal piece, with each movement focusing on a specific place or event, and the music tries to express the recalled moods and characters these evoke.
“A Stranger’s Birthday”
I like this as a movement title, but it is in fact representative of just one of many affectionately remembered episodes spent in the company of my effortlessly entertaining and infamously untamable cousins, the Cassidy’s.