56 young singers from Music Generation Wicklow performed as part of Mary Gordon, a new oratorio written for massed choirs, solo vocalists, narrator and symphony orchestra. This major new choral commission, presented by Wicklow County Arts Office in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, made its world premiere at the National Concert Hall on Saturday 5 November 2016 at 8pm.
With music by Brian Irvine and Neil Martin, author and playwright Marina Carr has created a gothic folktale about a 1916 love story and the flooding of the Poulaphouca Reservoir as the basis for this oratorio, which will be conducted by Fergus Sheil.
The Holy Rosary 6th Class Choir, based in Wicklow Town, represented Music Generation Wicklow at the event. This all-girl choir has enormous experience, having previously participated in the hugely successful Blue Bottle project in 2014 in addition to numerous other public performances.
This momentous project formed part of Wicklow County Council’s Ireland 2016 Programme, bringing choirs and solo singers from throughout the county together for the performance. Other choirs taking part in the event included Bray Choral Society, Wicklow Choral Society and Get Vocal Choirs.
Together with Choral Leader, Victoria Massey, The Holy Rosary 6th Class Choir rehearsed locally once-a-week this month, meeting the orchestra, adult choirs and featured soloists Sarah Power (soprano) and Gerard Schneider (tenor) for larger rehearsals at the end of October in the lead up to main-stage event.
Saturday 5 November, 2016
National Concert Hall Main Auditorium
Fergus Sheil, conductor
Sarah Power, soprano
Gerard Schneider, tenor
Seán McGinley, narrator
Text by Marina Carr
Music by Brian Irvine and Neil Martin
Commissioned through the Per Cent for Art Scheme, presented as part of Wicklow County Council’s Ireland 2016 Programme, supported by Ireland 2016, Music Generation Wicklow and Age and Opportunity
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