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.
“Captain John Fitzgerald”
One of the highlights of our collective childhood was the annual treasure hunts organized by our folks. We were of that impressionable age where a crinkled ‘treasure-map’ found in the toolshed or under the floorboards (‘aged’ by tea stains and a brief spell in the oven) was the real deal, left by long dead sea-farers and Spanish Armada settlers. The best ‘hoard’ we managed to find was above the grave of “Captain John Fitzgerald, RIP, who died in 1943 – look above his place of rest, to find the hidden treasure-chest!”