Chamber Choir Ireland returns to Dublin for an eclectic programme of American shaker songs and fuging songs, a beautiful setting from Song of Songs by Howard Skempton, concluding with an Emily Dickinson text set by American composer, Elliott Carter Musicians wrestle everywhere.
The highlight of the programme is the performance of two new works; the first by Eoghan Desmond, Mother Gooses’ Melodies, the winning entry of the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition, and the centrepiece of the programme, Ian Wilson’s Slouching towards Bethlehem, a work marking the 150 anniversary of WB Yeats’ birth featuring two of Yeats’ so-called ‘apocalyptic texts’.
Mother Gooses’ Melodies is the winning entry in the 2015 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival.
Slouching towards Bethlehem was commissioned by the Cork International Choral Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland.
To get a little more insight into Ian Wilson’s piece and the creative process involved in writing for Chamber Choir, read an interview with Ian: Slouching towards Bethlehem
To read more about Eoghan Desmond and the things that inspire him when writing choral music, read Mother Goose’s Melodies