13th April 2011
The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, under the Artistic Directorship of award winning choral conductor Paul Hillier, recently commissioned a major work by Tarik O’Regan
entitled Acallam na Senórach. Premiered in November 2010, this work has just been recorded by Harmonia Mundi USA and will be released to coincide with a tour to the USA by the choir this autumn. The tour starts at the De Bartolo Performing Arts Centre, Notre Dame before continuing to Cleveland; Philadelphia; Montclair, New Jersey; Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Kansas City; Iowa City and Chicago.
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Sung in English and Middle Irish, Acallam Na Senórach takes its title from the 12/13th century narrative (‘The Colloquy of the Ancients’) and follows the story of two legendary heroes, Caílte and Oisín, and their travels around Ireland with Saint Patrick. Over the course of 55 minutes O’Regan’s piece presents six stories from the text using a choir of 16 voices punctuated by interludes from a solo guitar. Two singers are also called upon to play the traditional Irish frame drum, the bodhráin.
Acallam na Senórach builds on O’Regan’s earlier The Spring, which was premiered at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2008.
Tarik O'Regan and Ruth Byrchmore have been commissioned by the Genesis Foundation to write music to poetry of the Spanish Mystics St.Teresa of Avila and St.John
of the Cross.
Harry Christophers and The Sixteen will premiere their new works in a private event on June 14 at 7.00pm. This concept builds on the success of the Padre Pio concert in 2008 which featured setting of a Padre Pio prayer by James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik and Will Todd.
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