Musicians wrestle everywhere

University Church, Dublin

2 May 2015


American Shaker Songs from the early 19th Century
Hail the memorable morn; In yonder vally; Lodle; O the happy journey; Give good gifts; Simple Gifts
Howard Skempton b. 1947Rise up my love
American Fasola Hymns & Fuging Tunes
William Billings 1746-1800I am the rose of Sharon
Justin Morgan 1747-1798Amanda
Abraham Wood 1752-1804Brevity
Justin MorganMontgomery
William BillingsJargon (i)
Eoghan Desmond b. 1989Mother Goose's Melodies
Ian Wilson b. 1964Slouching Towards Bethlehem
William BillingsJargon (ii)
Elisha WestEvening Hymn
Elliott Carter 1908-2012Musicians wrestle everywhere


Chamber Choir Ireland
Paul HillierConductor

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