Ir­ish theme for NCC tour

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

It’s not only rock’n’roll bands who tour hard. Next month the Na­tional Cham­ber Choir (NCC) of Ire­land em­barks on a na­tion­wide tour, bring­ing their lat­est col­lected per­for­mance piece, An Ir­ish Col­lo­quy, to Wick­low, Waterford, Gal­way, Kilkenny and Dublin, April 18th to 22nd.

Pieces in the per­for­mance are the­mat­i­cally con­nected by both Ir­ish and non-ir­ish com­posers, in­clud­ing Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry, Ni­cholas Maw’s Five Ir­ish Songs and con­tem­po­rary works by Frank Cor­co­ran, Enda Bates and David Fen­nessy.

“We’re happy to bring a va­ri­ety of Ir­ish-themed mu­sic,” said Ma­jella Hol­ly­wood, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the NCC. “It’s been a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­plo­ration in dis­cov­er­ing the im­por­tance of Ir­ish lit­er­a­ture and folk­lore to in­ter­na­tional com­posers and also the mu­sic be­ing writ­ten by Ir­ish com­posers.”

The per­for­mance will be reprised at the Cork In­ter­na­tional Choral Fes­ti­val on May 4th.

Paul Hil­lier, con­duc­tor of the Na­tional Cham­ber Choir

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