October 20, 2021
Jonathan Grimes and Evonne Ferguson speak to two Irish composers with two brand new pieces for this year’s festival. Elaine Agnew on her new work Remarkable, created in response to stories shared during different stages of the pandemic, which features in Wednesday's concert The Voyage. Eoghan Desmond on his piece for choir and solo cello celebrating the life and legacy of Colmcille, part of Thursday's The Road Home concert.
- I am a Miracle (European Union Chamber Orchestra, St Colman’s College Choir, conductor Elaine Agnew)
- The God of Rain (RTÉ Cór na nÓg, Mary Amond O’Brien)
- Remarkable (Remarkable Voices, Codetta, Ulster Orchestra, Dónal Doherty)
- Child Within (Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, Bernie Sherlock)
- Turnabout (Belfast Philharmonic Youth Choir and Belfast Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Lynsey Callaghan)
October 19, 2021
Four brand new episodes for the 2021 City of Derry International Choir Festival, featuring conversations with Irish composers Elaine Agnew and Eoghan Desmond, Tenebrae artistic director Nigel Short, and Tim Keeler and Gerrod Pagenkopf from Chanticleer. Plus we ask three men how we can get more men singing in choirs.
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October 25, 2020
Sing Ireland explores the many health and well-being benefits of group singing, as well as the current research on group singing during the pandemic. Dermot O'Callaghan of Sing Ireland is joined by Ailbhe Kenny of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Martin Ashley of the Association of British Choral Directors, and Sophie Lee, a music and health researcher and practitioner.
October 24, 2020
A conversation with Siobhan Heaney, who came late to choral singing but has since been making up for lost time. Siobhan is the conductor of four choirs in her hometown of Derry and the founder of SingTonicity, a method of looking after your health and wellbeing through the use of your breath, voice and sound. In 2019 Siobhan was awarded the Derry City and Strabane District Council Award for outstanding contribution to the choir festival.
October 23, 2020
Derry-born composer Seán Doherty talks to Evonne Ferguson about his background in choral singing and composing for choir, and conductor Orla Flanagan talks to Jonathan Grimes about her work with the Mornington Singers and Irish composers.
Episode 27 of CMC’s podcast ‘amplify’. Show notes: www.cmc.ie/amplify/episode-27
October 22, 2020
Conductor Josep Vila i Casañas chats to Lorcan Doherty about his life and work as an educator, choir director and composer. They look back on Josep's many visits to Derry and his recent experience conducting the World Youth Choir. Josep was Chair of the festival’s Adjudication Panel from 2017 to 2019. He is currently conductor of the Cor Lieder Càmera and teaches choir conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona.
October 22, 2020
Conductor and composer Ragnar Rasmussen chats to festival Artistic Director Dónal Doherty about growing up in an Arctic community, discovering the paradise of practice rooms, and retaining a child-like curiosity for all things musical throughout his life. Ragnar was Chair of the Adjudication Panel from 2013 to 2015 and has twice brought the chamber choir Utopia & Reality to perform in Derry. He is Professor of conducting at the NTNU in Trondheim.
October 17, 2020
Have a listen to this short introduction to our five-part series of conversations as part of the City of Derry International Choir Festival 2020.