The Great Mystery brought Chamber Choir Ireland back to the Cork International Choral Festival with a programme of Psalms, Madrigals and an affirmation of life.
Following a glorious start to the season with A Letter of Rights, Chamber Choir Ireland returned to the Cork International Choral Festival as Choir-in-Residence, where it led an extended seminar session as part of the festival’s Choral Symposium, followed that evening by the annual Chamber Choir Ireland Gala Concert.
The programme featured works from German composer Bernd Franke, the late Peter Maxwell Davies, the winning entry of the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition as well as the central work to this programme; the world premiere performance of Ne Reminicaris by David Fennessy, the second in a triptych of pieces newly commisioned by CCI/CICF. Fennessy takes some influence from works by Orlandus Lassus as edited by British musicologist Clive Wearing – works which book-end this complete programme.
The Great Mystery will also be performed in St Thomas’ Church, Belfast on the 23rd May and St Ann’s Church, Dublin on the 24th May.
Psalmus Primus Poententialis: Psalm 6 Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594)
Luther Madrigals Bernd Franke (b. 1959)
Scél Lemm Duib Criostóir Ó Loingsigh
Ne reminicaris David Fennessy (b.1976)
O Magnum Mysterium Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016)
Psalmus Septimus Poententialis : Psalm 142 Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594)
Friday 28th April, 2pm
Curtis Auditorium: CIT Cork School of Music
Admission: Free of charge
Maintaining the Festival’s vision as an important and central part of the Festival programme, the Festival again welcomed Paul Hillier, one of the world’s leading specialists on choral music, and the Festival’s choir-in-residence, Chamber Choir Ireland who presented a seminar on new choral music, and its performance, as part of the Choral Symposium. The style of presentation offered seminar attendees a more relevant and engaging approach to how texts are selected, the related process of composing music appropriate to the text, and the input of the singers as to its accessibility. Two new works were featured, and given their world premières in Cork – a new composition by David Fennessy – Ne Reminicaris – (jointly commissioned by CICF and CCI), and Scél Lemm Dúiḃ, by Criostóir Ó Loingsigh, the winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition, (supported by the Ó Riada family). All the named composers and writers were present and played an active part in the symposium.