Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Join Michael McGlynn, Anúna singers and Henry Leck in Dublin for the June 2019 Choir Festival

I am pleased to announce the 2019 Choral Festival in Ireland will be co-conducted by Michael McGlynn and me. KIconcerts’ Oliver Scofield and I are just back from a meeting with Michael in Dublin at which he also accepted a commission to write a new piece for the Ireland Festival Combined Choir to premiere on June 28 in Dublin!

The world premiere piece is being titled
“The Song of the Blackbird”
McGlynn proposes a simple text based on the ancient story of the Blackbird representing the voice of the natural world, with a song so pure and simple that it transcends the sound even of the monk's singing at prayer, or the matin bell.

Michael McGlynn is one of Ireland’s finest contemporary composers and the choir he founded, Anúna, is one of the leading choral voices of Ireland. In addition to “The Song of the Blackbird” we will sing three other McGlynn pieces – “Dúlamán”, “Jerusalem” and “An Oíche” along with American repertoire I will select. I wonder if there is anything to compare with your singers working with a renowned composer to bring their new choral creation to life?

Is there another country as safe and comfortable that calls to us in the same way as does Ireland…its music, rolling hills, whimsical nature, shared ancestry, quaint towns, intense history, some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet not to mention the odd leprechaun and the elusive four leaf clover.

In addition to singing in the combined choir alongside Anúna Choristers, there is the opportunity for individual concerts, pre and post touring as well as a one-on-one workshop with singers from Anúna for those choirs registering early.

See you in Dublin!!!

Henry Leck
KIconcerts Distinguished Music Advisor

Michael McGlynn/Anúna workshopping with 
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