The Dancers Inherit the Party | Chamber Choir Ireland & Paul Hillier

The Dancers Inherit the Party | Chamber Choir Ireland & Paul Hillier

Friday, 3 May 2024, 7.30pm

When I have talked for an hour I feel lousy –
Not so when I have danced for an hour:
The dancers inherit the party
While the talkers wear themselves out and
sit in corners alone, and glower.

Chamber Choir Ireland returns to Cork International Choral Festival with a brand new commission by Gabriel Jackson: 'The Dancers Inherit the Party', based on Ian Hamilton Finlay's poem of the same name.

The programme also features 'I am', a new piece by Eoghan Desmond which holds a centuries-apart conversation with the medieval composer and saint, Hildegard of Bingen.

David Fennessy's eccentric 'chOirland' is made up of nonsense lyrics taken from the choruses of traditional Irish songs and ballads.

In Cassandra Miller’s 'The City, Full of People', the audience eavesdrops on 'a cacophony of private secrets,' immersing them in the meditative echoes of Tallis' sixteenth-century lamentations.

Chamber Choir Ireland will also perform the winning entry in this year's Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition.

The City, Full of People was commissioned by Eamonn Quinn of Louth Contemporary Music Society with funding provided by the Arts Council / an Chomhairle Ealaíon and Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

The Dancers Inherit the Party was commissioned by Chamber Choir Ireland and New Music Dublin with funding from the Arts Council/an Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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Published by acuthbert on 13 February 2024

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