This year’s Opening Gala Concert will bring the works of two Irish composers to Cork: Aloys Fleischmann’s Clare’s Dragoons (Owen Gilhooly – Tenor) and Bernard Geary’s In Praise of a City (Mairead Buicke – Soprano) along with many other Irish works performed by the Band of the Defence Forces along with a bespoke Festival Chorus comprised of Goethe Institute Choir, Viva Voce Choir and East Cork Choral Society, conducted by Lt. Col. Mark Armstrong and Captain Brian Prendergast.
While originally scored for orchestra, both works have been newly orchestrated for wind band, soprano soloist and mixed voice choir especially for the Opening Gala Concert of the 2018 Festival, when the new orchestration of In Praise of a City will receive its second (!) premiere. The availability of both pieces will add hugely to the very small repertoire available for wind band and choir and will provide Irish, and international, wind bands the opportunity of extending their concert programmes in collaboration with vocal and choral forces.
Tickets are available from the Choral Festival website at http://www.corkchoral.ie/portfolio/2018-opening-gala-concert/
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