|Niall Crowley conducts the massed choir and orchestra at Tall Ships Opening Ceremony|
Urbs Intacta Manet Waterfordia
Lend us your sails, your stories too,
Taller than skytails in the blue,
Stowaways to the future
Lend Us Your Sails.
|Tall Ship Waterford 2011|
The choir clad in colour coded tee shirts and orchestra met for a final rehearsal before adjourning to the courtyard of Christchurch Cathedral where mountains of sandwiches were consumed and tea drunk before we returned fortified to the splendid William Vincent Wallace Plaza with fingers firmly crossed for fair weather. Enda duly arrived accompanied by his entourage and Derek Mooney bounded on to the stage to crack open the champagne , so to speak, on the procedings.
|Crowd at the Plaza, Waterford|
|My spot in front of three tenors|
Contemporary music by Irish composers does not often receive such a large audience for premieres. Afficionados I spoke to praised the innovative work drawing on Waterford's rich history and maritime heritage and it is good to see the city further cementing its reputation as a hot spot for new music. (See my report on Waterford New Music Week). Huge credit is due, I understand, to Niall Crowley of the Waterford Choirs Association? producer Joan Dalton and the Waterford City Council for bringing this project from a good idea on paper to an actual performance. For myself, it is many years since I performed with an orchestra in Waterford and it was thrilling and a privilege to take an active part in this gala day in my home city.
'Magnificence of rigging above a mile of quay' Mark Roper
Urbs Intacta Manet
Thursday 30th June 2011