Choir-In-Residence Chamber Choir Ireland once again graced the Festival with its presence for a concert in the beautiful surrounds of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The choir designed a programme themed accordingly for the 2018 Festival showing their diversity and technical prowess. This year, Chamber Choir Ireland was joint collaborator on a music commission by composer Andrew Hamilton which was premiered on the night, along with the piece of the winner of the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition.
In addition to this unique performance, Paul Hillier, conductor and artistic director of CCI lead a seminar during the Choral Symposium on new composition and the performance of same, all as part of our Education programme.
In the coming months, Chamber Choir Ireland will tour nationally and internationally with Choirland Revisited, conducted by Artistic Director Paul Hillier.
Focussing on two triptych commissions by composers, David Fennessy and Andrew Hamilton, audiences will hear Hamilton’s complete 3-part work music for thomas bernhard co-commissioned with the Cork International Choral Festival, which includes the 2010 Everything is Ridiculous, and the first two movements of Fennessy’s triptych, Letter to Michael and Ne reminiscaris. The final part of Fennessy’s triptych will be completed and premiered in the Autumn of 2018.
Other musical treats include a delightful arrangement by Paul Hillier of Raglan Road, James Macmillan’s The Gallant Weaver, and Tarik O’Regan’s Turn.
This tour will visit the Cork International Choral Festival, The Sonorities Festival in Belfast in association with Moving on Music, St Ann’s Church in Dublin, The Lunalia Festival in Belgium in association with TENSO and supported by Culture Ireland, and the Fishguard International Music Festival in Wales with the support of Culture Ireland GB 18.