Adrian Vernon Fish (b. 1956) — Hymn to Maeve of Connacht (1997) for organ
Maeve, Queen of ancient Connacht, is buried on top of the mountain of Knocknarea, County Sligo, Ireland.
Adrian Vernon Fish (b. 1956) is an English composer with particularly strong ties to the country of Greenland. That country’s ice vastnesses have been a major source of inspiration for Fish, who has undertaken many concert tours and has composed many pieces inspired by Greenlandic themes. Fish was a student of Herbert Howells and Alan Ridout and has composed numerous works in all forms including twelve symphonies. His music is intentionally very diverse in style: displaying insight, keen sensibilities, and eclectic taste. Many of his concert works of the 1990s in particular owe influence to music of American composer Alan Hovhaness, who described Fish’s music as having “an innate spirituality.”