The Great Mystery brings 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 return to the Cork International Choral Festival as Choir-in-Residence, where it will first lead 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 will feature works from German composer Bernd Franke, the late Peter Maxwell Davies, John Lonergan’s winning entry of the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition City Shower 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)
City Shower John Lonergan
Luther Madrigals Bernd Franke (b. 1959)
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 welcomes Paul Hillier, one of the world’s leading specialists on choral music, and the Festival’s choir-in-residence, Chamber Choir Ireland to present a seminar on new choral music, and its performance, as part of the Choral Symposium. The style of presentation will offer 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 will be featured, and given their world premières in Cork – a new composition by David Fennessy – Ne Reminicaris -(jointly commissioned by CICF and CCI), and City Shower by the winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition, John Lonergan (supported by the Ó Riada family). In addition, the seminar presentation will also feature a performance reading of Scél Lemm Dúiḃ, by Criostóir Ó Loingsigh, one of two runner ups in the Seán Ó Riada Competition. All the named composers and writers will be present and play an active part in the symposium.