You may have heard of the Per Cent for Art Scheme: it's where a proportion of the capital cost of a public project is diverted to an artistic project.
So, for example, some money for the building of a motorway will be spent on sculptures placed alongside it.
When a new housing estate was being built in Kilcormac, Co.Offaly, the County Council decided that the Per Cent for Art money should be spent on a musical composition for the town.
Composer, Vincent Kennedy, was commissioned to write The Kilcormac Cantata, a collection of pieces of music and poetry to celebrate and reflect the people and history of the town:
Nearby, the oldest remains in Ireland were found, from 9,000 years ago...the church contains a 500-year old wooden Pieta that was removed and hidden to keep it safe from Cromwell....one of Ireland's GAA legends, Liam Currams, is from Kilcormac....some of the country's best musicians live in the area...and so on.
The Kilcormac Cantata was first performed in the local Catholic Church just before Christmas 2011...
Presented by: Sheelagh Dempsey
Local performers included:
Scoil Mhuire agus Chormaic, Kilcormac
St. Ciaran’s N.S., Broughal
Kilcormac Adult Choir
Grúpa Cheoil, Scoil Naomh Chormaic
The Frankford Rockers
Additional recording: Darren Cahill, Tullamore Sound Centre
Additional photography: Dara Kelly & Niall Kennedy
(A short Irish radio documentary from RTE Radio, Ireland)
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