Choral Project in the National Concert Hall

Wicklow County Arts Office in association with the RTE Symphony Orchestra present Mary Gordon, a major new choral commission that intertwines the folklore and mythology of Blessington Lakes in Co Wicklow.

This gothic folktale about a 1916 love story and the flooding of the Poulaphuca Reservoir in Blessington was commissioned by Wicklow County Arts Office. Mary Gordon was created by Marina Carr with music by Belfast composers, Brian Irvine (Belfast’s first laureate for music) and Neil Martin (whose work has been performed across the world from Ground Zero to the International Space Station.

Featuring a massed intergenerational choir of 350 singers, soloists Sarah Power and Gerard Schneider, narrated by Sean McGinley, The National Symphony Orchestra under Fergus Sheil, Mary Gordon will have its world premiere will take place on November 6th at 8.00pm at the National Concert Hall.

Choirs hail from all over the county – Bray, Wicklow Town and West Wicklow but also in the mix is Holy Rosary Primary School, Wicklow Town and Get Vocal, a 50 strong active retired choir, with singers ranging in age from 7 to 80 years of age. Choirs are busy rehearsing the work with massed choir rehearsals scheduled for 30th October and 1st November at the Shoreline in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Tragic Heroine, Mary Gordon is passionately in love with Joshua Burns around in 1916. With Joshua initially away fighting in Dublin and during his subsequent imprisonment, pregnant and alone, Mary’s life tragically unravels, leaving her desperate with nowhere to turn. The story that might have been long forgotten, rears its head many years later when a cemetery has to be moved as the Poulaphouca Reservoir in Blessington is built.

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