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 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 (supported by the Ó Riada family), the winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition. All the named composers and writers were present and played an active part in the symposium.