The Music of Shaun Davey with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and guests. RETURNS ONLY
Friday 15 March, 8pm, National Concert Hall
The Brendan Voyage (41')
The Relief of Derry Symphony (54')
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, two major works by Shaun Davey: the atmospheric and powerfully moving musical drama that is The Brendan Voyage, vividly depicting Tim Severin's Atlantic crossing retracing St Brendan's journey from Ireland to the New World in a tiny leather boat and The Relief of Derry Symphony, the work which has come to be known as the Symphony of Peace. Commissioned to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Siege of Derry in 1689, it is a work of great tenderness and power.
Featuring soloists including Rita Connolly, Liam O'Flynn, Gerard McChrystal and four bagpipers from the Glaswegian Neilston and District Pipe Band led by Pipe Major Iain MacDonald. Ticket prices start at €15. Full details below.
More about The Brendan Voyage
Thirty years after its Irish premiere, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will perform the epic and groundbreaking musical drama that is The Brendan Voyage, a powerful musical narrative for uilleann pipes and symphony orchestra based on Tim Severin's Atlantic crossing in a medieval leather-skinned boat, featuring uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn for whom the piece was written in 1980.
The Brendan Voyage continues to attract audiences worldwide. With the bellows-powered uilleann pipes depicting the voice of the boat and the orchestra the natural elements, birds and fish, the suite in ten sections powerfully portrays the voyage from the West of Ireland via the Faroes, Iceland, through Greenland gales, ice flows off Labrador and the eventual safe arrival on the coast of Newfoundland.
More about The Relief of Derry Symphony
Commissioned by Derry City council to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Siege of Derry in 1689, The Relief of Derry Symphony is a theatrical work of great tenderness and power.
The performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will be led by the original team of musicians from the first performance in the Guildhall in Derry in 1990: conductor Gearóid Grant, soloists Liam O'Flynn, uilleann pipes, Rita Connolly, vocalist, Gerard McChrystal, saxophone, and Pipe Major Iain MacDonald of Glasgow, now leading 3 generations of Scottish bagpipers - his daughter Fiona, son Finlay and his grandson Joe - from the Neilston and District Pipe Band, Glasgow. The Dublin performance is one of two on the island this year; in December The Relief of Derry Symphony will close the Derry City of Culture celebrations on 20 December.
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Liam O'Flynn uilleann pipes
Rita Connolly vocalist
Gerard McChrystal saxophone
Noel Eccles percussion
Four members of the Neilston and District Pipe Band (Led by Pipe Major Iain MacDonald)
Gearóid Grant conductor
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Tickets: €15, €25, €33, €38 (€13.50, €22.50, €30, €34)
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