Festival Commissions

In advance of our official launch of our updated website, we have a little information about our festival commissions.  We were delighted to receive funding from the Arts Council of Ireland to put on our festival – this included money to commission three new works for a vocal ensemble of eight voices.  These will be performed in our festival finale on Friday 9th November at 8 pm.

Our three pieces are:

Tom Johnson: TickTock Rhythms

Billy Mills: Loop Walks

Ailís ní Ríain: Eyeless

Johnson’s work is for speaking chorus , using only the spoken words tick and tock to elucidate a specific combination of patterns of twos and threes.

Mills’ commission will conclude the festival.  Here we have a newly-invented genre of work, polyphonic poetry, also scored for speaking chorus.

Ní Ríain, a putblished playwright in addition to a composer, has written the text of her new work – in addition to this she has worked with Iarla Ó Lionáird to translate it into Irish (using funds provide by the Arts Council of England).  The outcome is a somewhat subversive reflection on the dual traditions of classical and sean nós singing, and through this, a meditation on lost identity.

4 thoughts on “Festival Commissions

    1. Hi John – your festival looks fab too – I’m really looking forward to Billy’s piece at Béal this year – he was with us two years ago at our first festival. This new piece for singers looks amazing. Elizabeth

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