Chamber Choir Ireland

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Friday 3rd May, 7.30pm
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St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral
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The Dancers Inherit the Party 

"Music this uncalculatedly beautiful leaves you almost desperate with gratitude." 

- The New Yorker, 2023 

Chamber Choir Ireland returns to Cork International Choral Festival as Choir-In-Residence, with a brand new commission by Gabriel Jackson.  

Jackson's The Dancers Inherit the Party is based on Ian Hamilton Finlay's poem: 

When I have talked for an hour I feel lousy – 
Not so when I have danced for an hour: 
The dancers inherit the party 
While the talkers wear themselves out and 
sit in corners alone, and glower. 

The programme also features I am, a new piece by Eoghan Desmond which holds a centuries-apart conversation with the medieval composer and saint, Hildegard of Bingen.  

David Fennessy's eccentric chOirland is made up of nonsense lyrics taken from the choruses of traditional Irish songs and ballads. 

In Cassandra Miller’sThe City, Full of People, the audience eavesdrops on 'a cacophony of private secrets,' immersing them in the meditative echoes of Tallis' sixteenth-century lamentations. 

Chamber Choir Ireland will also perform the winning entry in this year's Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition

The City, Full of People was commissioned by Eamonn Quinn of Louth Contemporary Music Society with funding provided by the Arts Council / an Chomhairle Ealaíon and Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.  

The Dancers Inherit the Party was commissioned by Chamber Choir Ireland and New Music Dublin with funding from the Arts Council/an Chomhairle Ealaíon. 


David Fennessy (Ireland, b. 1976)—chOirland
Eoghan Desmond (Ireland, b. 1989)—I am
Steve Reich (USA, b. 1936)—Clapping Music (arr. Paul Hillier)
Anselm McDonnell (Ireland/Wales, b. 1994)—Gallagher
Thomas Tallis (England, 1505-1585)—Lamentations of Jeremiah I
Gabriel Jackson (England, b. 1962)—The Dancers Inherit the Party
Cassandra Miller (Canada, b. 1976)—The City, Full of People

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