Ireland, John (Nicholson)
- Hugh Ottaway
(b Bowdon, Cheshire, 13 Aug 1879; d Rock Mill, Washington, Sussex, 12 June 1962). English composer, pianist and teacher.
A somewhat painful and unhappy childhood, followed by the early death of both parents, did much to form the lonely, introspective side of Ireland's personality. Throughout his life he was plagued by feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, which affected his creativity in a number of ways, not all of them negative. His acute self-criticism, his yearning for a spiritual home – the Channel Islands or West Sussex – and the related desire to escape from the present into a distant past, deeply affected much of his music and gave it its distinctive character....