‘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 in the world today.
Commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral in 2015, British and American composer, Tarik O’Regan has 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, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Hillier will perform 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 is Handel’s brilliantly virtuosic Dixit Dominus.
Chamber Choir Ireland and Irish Chamber Orchestra are recognised as leaders in their artforms both on the island of Ireland and internationally and are delighted to once again partner for this unique programme of the new and the old. The tour has been made possible through a Touring and Dissemination of Work award from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Committed to furthering learning and participation of choral arts, Chamber Choir Ireland will also partner with the Contemporary Music Centre on Choral Sketches, offering CPD mentoring by Tarik O’Regan for 3 selected Irish composers culminating in a public performance reading workshop which includes an interview with Alice Goodman.