The National Concert Hall, Dublin, 5th November 2016.
Mary Gordon – A gothic folk story inspires this new oratorio with text by award-winning Marina Carr and music by Irish composers Brian Irvine and Neil Martin.
Tragic heroine Mary Gordon is passionately in love with Joshua Burns around the time of the 1916 events in Ireland. While he is away fighting and in prison, her life unravels and she has nowhere to turn. A story that might have been long forgotten rears its head many years later when a cemetery has to be moved as the Blessington Lakes are flooded.
This new oratorio brings together choirs from throughout County Wicklow with solo singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Fergus Sheil. Commissioned by Wicklow County Arts Office, Wicklow County Council as a contribution to Wicklow County Council’s Ireland 2016 Programme.
Presented by the Wicklow County Council, Funded by Wicklow County Council, Department of Environment, Planning, Community and Local Government Supported By Music Generation Wicklow, Age & Opportunity.
Supported by massed choirs from Wicklow including Wicklow Choral Society, Bray Choral Society, West Wicklow Voices, Get Vocal, Choir of Holy Rosary School, Wicklow Town.
Sarah Power, soprano
Gerard Schneider, tenor
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with Fergus Sheil, conductor
Music by Brian Irvine and Neil Martin
Text by Marina Carr