Choirland is an anthology of contemporary Irish choral music with accompanying CD which was commissioned by the Arts Council in 2011/2012 celebrating 60 years since the foundation of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
The purpose of the anthology is to provide an accessible resource of contemporary Irish choral works to amateur choirs throughout Ireland.
‘Choirland’ is a collection of 15 pieces by Irish composers for unaccompanied mixed choir. The music ranges in difficulty from the simple to perform, to the more challenging. From arrangements of traditional melodies, new settings of familiar texts and strikingly original works, the selection encompasses a wide array of styles, which illustrate the diversity and vibrancy of Irish choral music. Each piece is presented with performance notes designed to aid conductors and singers alike, and the book includes a CD recording of the music by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland conducted by its Artistic Director Paul Hillier.
As part of the 2013 Cork International Choral Festival, The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, The Contemporary Music Centre and The Association of Irish Choirs presented Choirland—an informative workshop led by Paul Hillier and the National Chamber Choir.
This workshop was free and open to choir directors, singers and choral music enthusiasts and served as a demonstrative introduction to the works in the anthology with rehearsal tips and performance notes by NCC Artistic Director, Paul Hillier and the singers of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland.
Choirland is published by the Contemporary Music Centre and produced in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs and National Chamber Choir of Ireland with funding from The Arts Council/An Chomairle Ealaíon. The anthology is available to purchase from CMC’s Online Shop and directly from the Centre.