Composer Patrick Hawes talks about his choral work Song of Songs
MIC Choral Society Spring Concert at Redemptorist Church, Limerick
Song of Songs Patrick Hawes
Requiem John Rutter
Soloist Carmel Conway
The Redemptorist Church was filled with a hush of quiet anticipation with a hint of apprehension at the all modern programme chosen by choirmaster, Paul Collins for the annual concert of the Mary Immaculate Choral Society. The ensemble was augmented by the Redemptorist Church Choir and accompanied by the Limerick Baroque Players. While Rutter is a familiar name in choral music, Patrick Hawes was new to me . The Song of Songs were beautiful tonal settings of six texts of love poetry selected from the Old Testament, 'expressing desire. hope , confusion and joy'. It was
The harp was placed in a central position splitting the string orchestra in half making a visually pleasing tableau. Soprano, Carmel Conway's voice soared effortlessly to the higher registers above the sparse string lines and there was some lovely duets between Ken Rice on violin and soprano.
The Requiem by John Rutter was written in memory of the composer's father and first performed in 1985 . Of the seven movements, the setting of the psalm 130, De Profundis was particularly striking The influence of the English Romantic tradition was heard in the cello solo played with great feeling by Tara-Lee Byrne which struck the sombre tone before the choir crept in with the words -Out of the Deep.
The choir delivered the texts with a good range of dynamics and a satisfying firmness of attack in the rhythmic sections and the tone sounded rich in this acoustic. The audience lingered for a quite a while to savour the evening . The concert was introduced by Fr Adrian Egan who reminded the congregation that the occasion was one of reflection and dedication to mark 150th anniversary of the opening of the Redemptorist Church.
** Correction. Mea Culpa. I assumed that the concert referred to in the article was a concert from Louth Contemporary Music Society, Ireland which has a track record of programming major contemporary composers . I was mistaken and I am grateful to the composer for the clarification that the concert referred to took place in Louth in Lincolnshire and not in Leinster as assumed . And indeed the event on Sunday was the Irish premiere of the work , Song of Songs by Patrick Hawes and all the more auspicious for that.
Enjoyed playing lovelyviola part of @patrickhawes beautiful choral work Song of Songs in Redemptorist Church #Limerick #Irishpremiere
— Fidleir (@fidleir) April 22, 2013
Who we met : We enjoyed talking to Bernadette Kiely , director of music at St John's Cathedral about the music selected for the recent episcopal events and tenor Stephen O Shea on the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the Limerick Choral Union.
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