News Round Up: Chamber Choir Ireland with Chatham Saxophone Quartet October Tour

03 November 2016

Audience Reaction:

"Superlatives might fail to describe last night's performance but 'sublime', 'spellbinding', 'extraordinary', and 'utterly musical' perhaps get close!" Patricia Keating, St. Peter's Church, Drogheda

"@journalofmusic @MusNetIrl @ChamberChoir @chathamsax caught this quite amazing concert @DroghedaCMS Very atmospheric, Loved it" Conol O'Broin, Drogheda

"It was one of the most truly beautiful concerts we have ever attended!! The choir are awesome - such control and voices - and the Chatham saxophone quartet superb. We were blown away - stunning night of music. Thank you!!" Gillian Faulkner, St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street

 

Press:

Reviewers attended concerts at St. Peter's Church Drogheda and St. George's Church, Belfast.

Operakey.com:

"...the whole audience was immediately transported [...] to candle lit 15th Century churches and cloisters in the most glorious and enchanting way."

"[the saxophones] lent a wonderful instrumental backdrop for the polyphony of voices to work into and around."

"...not only an inspiring aesthetic experience but a spiritual therapy."

Belfast Telegraph:

"Choir and ensemble show sparks of magic"

"[The choir] was vitally responsive to its conductor, James Wood, on this occasion, who controlled the widely ranging dynamics which coloured and tinted the music to very best effect."

"...the combination of voices and instruments took on a special magic of its own."

 

Learning and Participation Activities:

In conjunction with this tour, Music Network engaged composer Elaine Agnew to devise and facilitate a series of exciting workshops with school choirs and community-based choral groups. Through vocal and percussive composition and improvisation, participants will explore melody, harmony and structure, and trace their development in choral music from Gesualdo to Pärt.

The participants looked into the spiritual music presented in the concert by improvising on church modes, and using an existing piece to form new harmonies from its melodic line. The workshops included warm-ups, listening and focussing exercises, and improvisations around given texts. Members of the County Limerick Youth Choir and other adult choristers led by Máire Keary Scanlon took part in two workshops, along with attending the Chamber Choir Ireland and Chatham Saxophone Quartet performance at St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick.

 

Feedback

"It was wonderful to work with Elaine. She is always an inspiration, and all the group really loved her and found it all a very positive experience" Máire Keary Scanlon, Project Partner

"Such an enjoyable experience, really helped with my understanding of music." Participant

"Excellent workshop, a lot of fun with simple techniques I could instantly apply to write music." Participant

"It was unique and interested- different from other structured ‘classical’ music, which I enjoyed. Thank you!" Participant

 

Photos:

St. Peter's Church, Drogheda, Friday 21st October