Composing the Island: Choirland
The National Concert Hall, Dublin
15 September 2016
Dublin City University, Dublin
5 October 2016
Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast
6 October 2016
David Fennessy (b. 1976)—chOirland
David Fennessy (b. 1976)—Letter to Michael
Gerald Barry (b. 1952)—Long Time
Arnold Bax (1883-1953)—This worlds joie
Brian Boydell (1917-2000)—O my thoughts surcease (from Three Madrigals)
Alois Fleischmann (1910-1992)—Na Trí Captainí Loinge (The Three Sea Captains)
Stephen McNeff (b.1951) Text: Aoife Mannix—A Half Darkness
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)—Three Motets
Eoghan Desmond—More Mother Goose's Melodies World Premiere
Chamber Choir Ireland
100 years of Irish Choral MusicAs part of Chamber Choir Ireland's residency in the National Concert Hall, Choirland presents a prestigious line-up of contemporary composers joining the voices of those heard previously in the Composing the Island series.
Central to the programme is a newly commissioned work by Belfast-born composer Stephen McNeff and Irish poet Aoife Mannix as a response to the commemorations of the 1916 Rising. The work was co-commissioned by Chamber Choir Ireland and the Cork International Choral Festival and was premiered at the Festival on 29th April 2016.
Woven around this work are some of the leading composers writing in Ireland today. David Fennessy is a guitarist and lectures in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His piece Letter to Michael is the first in a series of three pieces to be written for Chamber Choir Ireland between 2014 - 2018. ChOirland, his other work, gives us the title of the programme and the title of a joint publication from Chamber Choir Ireland, Contemporary Music Centre and Association of Irish Choirs – an anthology of Irish choral music marking the 60th anniversary of the Arts Council in 2012.
Gerald Barry, one of Ireland’s best known contemporary composers internationally, is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Award for his opera The Importance of being Ernest. A selection of Gerald’s choral and instrumental music Barry meets Beethoven was released on the Orchid Classics label in June 2016.
Ending this choral tribute is a work by Dublin-based composer, conductor and bass-baritone Eoghan Desmond. Eoghan has both performed with and composed for Chamber Choir Ireland. His piece More Mother Goose Melodies is the second set of pieces in a series – the first being the winning entry to the 2015 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival.
Composing the Island: A century of music in Ireland 1916 – 2016
Sponsored by Bord na Móna and presented by RTÉ and the National Concert Hall as part of RTÉ 1916 and Ireland 2016.