In 2014 Magic – a collection of works for solo piano was released independently following a successful Fund it campaign. The album, a collaboration with pianist Aoife Chawke, was released on CD, digitally and as a collection of sheet music. This year also saw the premiere of spirestone – a choral work inspired by the city of Limerick with text by Mary Coll – which was described by local press as “majestic and truly beautiful”.
In 2013 Fiona was composer in residence for Bells Across The Burren, an Arts Council of Ireland artist in the community project, during which she constructed an outdoor music trail from recycled materials and completed a series of commissions for local choirs and music groups including the short opera Hag of Loughrask. As a participant in Vocalypse Opera From Scratch workshop 2013 in Halifax CA her short opera Bay of Fundy was performed by soprano Vania Chan. The opera receives its European premiere at the Opera at Castalia festival in Kilkenny during July 2014.
Fiona has also written music for theatre productions including Painted Filly’s production of The Common Will described as “an excellent original score” by The Irish Times. Awards for her vocal music include the Walter Beckett Trophy for original song at the 2008 Dublin Feis Ceoil for a setting of Robert Burns’ To a mouse; a Boston Metro Opera Merit Award at the BMO Composers’ Competition 2013 and an honourable mentions at the same competition in 2014, both for Songs from Kate O’Brien (lyricist Mary Coll).
Her work has been performed in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, France and the Czech Republic including performances at Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame (NY, USA), the inaugural Limerick Sings Choral Festival, the Kate O’Brien weekend 2012, Burren in Bloom Festival, Cork Choral Festival, Culture Night (Ireland) and Love:live Music Day. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick city and county arts Offices, Clare arts office and North Tipperary arts Office.