Teampall Fuaime

Saturday 3rd May 2014
Triskel Christchurch, South Main Street
Admission: €10/€7 concession

In association with Triskel Christchurch




Teampall Fuaime (sound temple) is the result of an 8-month project between composer Ian Wilson and the Cork Chamber Choir. Members of the choir firstly provided original texts in direct response to spending time in the Triskel Christchurch space then, with the composer’s encouragement, also provided melodic fragments for parts of those texts; often each member would provide a piece of melody for both their own text and someone else’s, thus creating a broad pool of material.

The composer then used this textual and musical material as the basis of a large-scale choral work which, as well as exploring ideas specific to the architecture and character of Triskel Christchurch, also examines ideas evoked and provoked by that space, including faith, society, war and daily life. The result is a work that speaks broadly of the human experience, very much shaped by the singers and the space they will sing in. Part of the work’s concept is to fully employ Triskel Christchurch and therefore the choir sings in different parts of the space at different times during the work. Teampall fuaime was funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community scheme managed by CREATE.


Teampall fuaime was funded through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community scheme managed by CREATE.

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Ian Wilson was born in Belfast and began composing while at university. He has written nearly one hundred and fifty works, including

chamber operas, concertos, string quartets, a range of orchestral and chamber music and multi-media pieces. His compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents, and presented at festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt Bookfair and at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Wilson has in recent years also worked with jazz musicians, Asian tabla and Chinese pipa players and traditional Irish singers; he has also collaborated with choreographers, theatre directors and electroacoustic and computer music composers.

In 1991, Running, Thinking, Finding received the composition prize at the Ultima festival in Oslo, and in 1992 he received the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council of Ireland. In 1998 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland’s State-sponsored body of creative artists and in recent years he has been AHRB Research Fellow at the University of Ulster, Composer-in-Association with California’s Camerata Pacifica ensemble and An Foras Feasa post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland. He was director of the Sligo New Music Festival from 2003 to 2011 and from 2010 to 2014 is Associate Composer with the Ulster Orchestra.

There are commercially-available recordings of nearly fifty of Wilson’s works on labels including Diatribe, Riverrun, Black Box, Timbre, Guild, Meridian and Chandos. His music is published by Ricordi (London) and Universal Edition and website is



Cork Chamber Choir 

Cork Chamber Choir was founded in 2005 by a small group of Cork-based choral singers who were looking for a new challenge, at the invitation of founder Anne-Marie Curtin. From informal beginnings it is has grown to 20 singers under musical director and conductor Helen McGrath. With members from Ireland, north and south, England, France and Scotland the choir has enjoyed a combination of concerts and competition participation while continuing to refine and develop its sound.

The choir includes a number of musicians and music professionals, including music teachers and a violin-maker, while other members are from diverse professions. All share a dedicated enthusiasm and contribute actively to choosing repertoire.

Since it was founded the choir has given performances in Triskel Christchurch; St. Anne’s Church, Shandon; the Honan Chapel, UCC; St. Luke’s Church on Culture Night; Fota House, East Cork; Civic Trust House on Culture Night; the Spiegeltent in Cork Midsummer Festival; St. Fachtna’s Church, Rosscarbery; and St. Peter’s Church, Bandon.

Most recently, the choir presented a concert of contemporary Irish choral music in April 2013 under musical director Helen  McGrath at St Anne’s Church, Shandon.

In addition to formal and informal performance the choir has participated in competitions including Cork International Choral Festival where it won the National Premiere Choir Competition in 2011.