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Cork, Ireland—A Brief Descent Into Deep Time

April 29, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cork International Choral Festival

Steve Martland (UK, 1954-2013)—Sea Songs
John Frandsen (Denmark, b. 1956)—weather4casts: 4 seasons in 4 movements
John Luther Adams (USA, b. 1953)—A Brief Descent into Deep Time
Daragh Black Hynes—Behind this Light Winning entry of the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition 2021

Chamber Choir Ireland
Paul Hillier—Artistic Director

In the second of our two-programme retrospective on the late composer Steve Martland, we see him placed in the context of his contemporaries, John Frandsen and John Luther Adams—both born within a few years of him.

Martland’s Sea Songs is a kind of sequel to his Street Songs, also making use of to the library of the English Folk Song and Dance Society in order to draw from traditional sea shanties.

In weather4casts: 4 seasons in 4 movements, John Frandsen upholds the long tradition of music inspired by the seasons of the year. The text is a compilation of weather forecasts from the Danish Institute of Meteorology (translated into English by Paul Hillier) as well as poems by the Danish author Simon Grotrian, and looks at the place of weather as ‘a main common life condition’ (Frandsen).

A new co-commission from John Luther Adams, A Brief Descent into Deep Time, explores the ‘space’ between the environment and human culture, and time as measured on a geological scale, passing ‘metaphorically through 1.7 billion years of descent through the layers of the Grand Canyon’ (Frandsen).

All three works explore our growing consciousness of the powerful elements that surround us—and how they are changing. Looking at our relationship with our environment, we realise that what once may have seemed far-removed is, in fact, something of which we are very much a part.

As Choir-in-Residence at Cork International Choral Festival, this programme will also include the world premiere of this year’s winning entry of the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition, Daragh Black Hynes’ Behind This Light.

This programme is performed in partnership with Cork International Choral Festival. Chamber Choir is funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaion, is a resident ensemble at the National Concert Hall, and associate artists at Dublin City University.


April 29, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral
Bishop St
The Lough, Cork Ireland
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