Each year the Festival prides itself on commissioning an artist to create a set of unique awards for our National Competitions. This year the Festival was proud to engage Fiona Godfrey, a glass artist working and living in Clare. These glass pieces were conceived and crafted as an abstract interpretation of music, voices joining in song, and the sounds thereby produced. The colours and textures reflect a variety of aspects related to the theme, and the initial impulse was triggered by ‘voice’.
The colours express the life and vibrancy that is brought to Cork by song during the festival. The colours are fused into the glass, like voices fused together in harmony.
The textures are fundamental to the pieces – they represent the resonating sounds of voices complementing each other in harmony, beauty, and the depth of feeling that often accompanies harmonisation. The clear textured areas catch the light – glimpses of clarity, purity – in contrast to the frosted areas of glass illustrating depth.
The shapes and marks that the colours create, signify the radiating sounds as they interact with their environment, some of which are jewels that celebrate the gems which emerge out of this festival year on year.
As part of our commitment to supporting artists, the Cork International Choral Festival engaged Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring in 2014 for a collaborate work in producing the perpetual Fleischmann International Trophy award following 20 years of unique works being produced for the competition by Liam Lavery. This perpetual trophy is inspired by a small extract from a hand written score by Aloys Fleischmann merging with the iconic “goldie fish” atop St. Anne’s Church, Shandon” along with other musical motifs and stylized vocalists using cast aluminium as the primary material combined with enamelled copper.
Contemporary Irish artists Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring have been working and collaborating on art projects since 1988. Their work has developed from painting and small low-relief wall panels made of cast aluminium, through to large-scale public commissions using a variety of different materials; bronze, wood, copper, enamels, glass and stainless steel. Both Liam and Eithne have been engaged by the Festival over the years producing both National and International Awards since 1994.