Castle Ward - Temple Dancer in Blue is included in the Royal Irish Academy of Music 2015-18 syllabus at Grade VII. Temple Dancer in Blue can be purchased from Shop as a single copy or part of the Strangford Sketchbook collection.
In the mid 18th century Lord Bangor wished his new home at Castle Ward to reflect the Classical Palladian architectural style and Temple Dancer in Blue represents the front façade of the building. The musical inspiration for the piece was taken from the third of Satie’s Gymnopedies – pieces reputedly inspired by a Grecian vase decorated with temple dancers. The piece is paired with Lady Anne's Fancie, which represents the Gothic façade at the back of the house.