SYMPOSIUM THE SEMINAR ON NEW CHORAL MUSIC
Paul Hillier & Chamber Choir Ireland Friday 20th April, 2pm
Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music. Admission: FREE of charge This seminar, led by Artistic Director Paul Hillier with Chamber Choir Ireland, will offer attendees a relevant and engaging approach to how texts are selected, the related process of composing music appropriate to the text, and the input of the singers as to its accessibility. The main focus of the discussion will be the jointly commissioned new work music for Thomas Bernhard by Andrew Hamilton, and the winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition Donal Sarsfield and his piece A Grain in the Balance together with a performance reading of runner-up Kenneth Edge with When You are Old.
THE COMPOSER SPEAKS
Friday 20th April, 4.15pm Doolan Room (217), CIT Cork School
Writing for Young Voices Teachers and directors understand the transformations that young singers undergo and, accordingly, select choral repertoire that develop musicianship and vocal skills, without harming the students’ voices, either temporarily or permanently. Those who cannot find choral repertoire suitable for their particular group may choose to modify the voice parts of a published work, arrange an existing tune, or compose an original piece. This workshop will explore the factors that should be considered before and during this process, including the tessitura, phrase length, dynamic range, choice of text, keyboard accompaniment, and the development of musicianship. These factors are equally important when considering repertoire for young voices. Seán will demonstrate the principles of effective writing for young voices with examples drawn from his recent works: ‘All the Things Magicians Do’, commissioned by Belfast Philharmonic Kids Choirs, ‘The Promise’, commissioned by Bealtaine Festival, and ‘Port ná Glór na n-Éan’, commissioned by St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School, Dublin. Seán is an assistant professor in music at Dublin City University. He is active as a choral singer, singing with the internationally acclaimed New Dublin Voices. He has an extensive and varied choral catalogue, which includes sacred and secular works for choirs of every ability. Seán’s choral works have garnered numerous awards: including Feis Ceoil choral composition award (2009, 2011, 2014, 2016), Choir and Organ Magazine composition competition (2012, 2014), St Giles’ Cathedral Edinburgh anthem composition competition, Fragments Choral Composition Award (in association with Historic Scotland), and ‘Prix pour une œuvre de création’ at international choral festival Florilège Vocal de Tours, France. His pieces have been performed by numerous choirs including Chicago a cappella, Scottish Vocal Ensemble, Kampin Laulu, Laetare Vocal Ensemble, Codetta, the Mornington Singers, and New Dublin Voices and many more. www.seandohertymusic.com