Central to the Symposium’s activities, and forming an important and highly regarded part of the Festival programme, the Festival again is honoured to welcome Paul Hillier, one of the world’s leading specialists on choral music, and the Festival’s choir-in-residence, Chamber Choir Ireland to present the Seminar on New Choral Music. The style of seminar presentation offers attendees a more 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. Two new works will be featured, and given their world premières in Cork – a new commission, music for thomas bernhard, by Andrew Hamilton jointly commissioned by CICF and CCI with the support of The Arts Council), and A Grain in the Balance, by Donal Sarsfield, winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition, (supported by the Ó Riada family). The Seán Ó Riada Competition is a composition competition which invites the submission, under pseudonym, of new works from Irish composers. The première performances of both works are integrated into CCI’s Friday evening’s concert programme. In addition, the seminar presentation will also feature a performance reading of When you are old, by Kenneth Edge, the runner up in the Seán Ó Riada Competition. All the named composers and writers will be present and play an active part in the symposium. This seminar maintains the vision of the late Aloys Fleischmann who initiated the commission of new works to form part of a seminar in 1962. This year is the 50th occasion that the Festival has presented such a forum. To date over 150 works from 129 Irish and international composers have been commissioned. The full collection of these scores is housed in the Cork City Music Library and is available for consultation. Digitised pages of scores are now also available for perusal on the Library website.
For more information, see www.corkchoral.ie