A Letter of Rights filmed in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on Sunday 26th February 2017.
Chamber Choir Ireland
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Dir. Paul Hillier
A Letter of Rights
Composer: Tarik O’Regan
Libretto: Alice Goodman
‘We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either Justice or Right’
Clause 40 of Magna Carta
In November 1216, The Great Charter of Ireland (Magna Carta Hibernae) was issued and arrived in Ireland in February 1217. 800 years later it is still noted as an international symbol of freedom and rights paving the way for the democratic systems which exist in the world today.
Commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral in 2015, British and American composer, Tarik O’Regan collaborated with poet and librettist Alice Goodman to create a commemorative piece for Magna Carta – ‘A Letter of Rights‘ for chamber choir and orchestra.
Marking the 800th anniversary of the arrival of Magna Carta in Ireland, in February 2017, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Hillier performed this large-scale work in Belfast, Limerick and finally in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, where a 14th century copy of Magna Carta is currently exhibited. Partnering A Letter of Rights in the programme was Handel’s brilliantly virtuosic Dixit Dominus.