National Chamber Choir of Ireland

Venue:  Hugh Lane Gallery Website: http://www.nationalchamberchoir.com/  Price: FREE Date: April 22nd Time: 12:00 pm


The National Chamber Choir of Ireland [NCCI] are no fools when it comes to April as they embark on their 2012 Irish Tour. Entitled An Irish Coloquy the choir performs over five dates and venues. Conducted by Paul Hillier, artistic director of the NCCI, the tour commences at Calary Church, Wicklow and continues to City Hall, Waterford; St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway; Castalia Hall, Kilkenny; and finally at The Hugh Lane, Dublin from April 18 – 22. The title of the tour, An Irish Colloquy, not only opens up the notion of a dialogue between pieces by Irish composers but also by non Irish composers who are connected to Ireland in some way by musical pieces with texts on an Irish theme. The title originally comes from Tarik O’Regan’s The Spring which served as a precursor to the 2010 NCCI commission by O’Regan called Acallam na Senórach. This is based on the middle Irish narrative dating to the late 12th/early 13th century translating as The Colloquy of the Ancients or Dialogue of the Elders. The programme is rounded out with three of Ireland’s contemporary composers, Frank Corcoran’s Caoineadh (Lament) and Enda Bates’ Pauper’s Lament/A Stealing Sadness quoting traditional Irish texts and songs while in David Fennessy’s chOirland all the words are nonsense lyrics taken from the choruses of traditional Irish songs and ballads where, perhaps rather irreverently, we poke a little fun!

This Tour is made possible by the funding and support by the Arts Council/an Chomhairle Ealaíon Touring and Dissemination of Work Programme.



Tarik O’Regan The Spring

Arvo Pärt The Deer’s Cry

Nicholas Maw Five Irish Songs

Piers Hellawell Isabella’s Banquet (Excerpts – World Premiere)

Enda Bates Pauper’s Lament / A Stealing Sadness

David Fennessy ChOirland

Frank Corcoran Caoineadh


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