DONAL MAC ERLAINE NAMED SÉAN Ó RIADA COMPETITION WINNER AT CORK INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL
Wednesday 30th April to Sunday 4th May, 2014
Cork International Choral Festival is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition; Dublin based Donal Mac Erlaine. As winner of the competition, his piece Solomon Grundy, will receive its world premiere in the spectacular surrounds of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral on Friday 2nd May. The Festival’s Choir in Residence, Chamber Choir Ireland conducted by Paul Hillier will premiere the performance in what promises to be a wonderful evening of song.
Ahead of the Festival, winner Donal Mac Erlaine had this to say; ‘I was thrilled with the unexpected news that Solomon Grundy won the Ó Riada Competition. Up until now, I’ve only imagined the sound world that I dreamt up.’ He added that he is delighted to have Chamber Choir Ireland perform his work and it will be a highlight in a week of Choral singing he is very much looking forward to.
The popular annual Seán Ó Riada Competition invites compositions from Irish composers, who submit their work under a pseudonym keeping the whole competition an anonymous process and thereby making it a level playing field.
Additionally, a selection of pieces from this year’s entries will be given a Performance Reading by the Chamber Choir Ireland on the Saturday 3rd May, as part of the Composers Workshop event.
As a Festival Guest, Mac Erlaine will also participate in the 46th Seminar on New Choral Music, part of the Education Programme at 2pm on Friday 2nd May, alongside members of the panel of judges; composer David Fennessy , seminar chair and composer Rhona Clarke, and Paul Hillier, director of Chamber Choir Ireland, with the CCI itself, where Solomon Grundy and David Fennessy’s new commission, Letter to Michael, will be discussed.
The Festival acknowledges the generous support of the Ó Riada Family in donating the Prize Money for the winning composer.
Festival Tickets for all events are available to purchase online through the Festival website www.corkchoral.ie, over the telephone on 021 450 1673 and in person from the Festival Box Office at The Everyman, McCurtain Street.
The Cork International Choral Festival gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Fáilte Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council.
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