Over 100 Choral Works by Irish Composers for Christmas, Children and Mixed Choirs
The Contemporary Music Centre has made available three catalogues of choral works by Irish composers, including a selection of 18 works specifically suited to Christmas.
Curated by Desmond Earley of UCD, among the Christmas works are Curoo Curoo by Elaine Agnew, Stars of Wonder by Linda Buckley, Eric Sweeney’s There is no Rose, Rhona Clarke’s Make We Merry, Hodie Christus natus est by Colin Mawby and Ding Dong by Jane O’Leary.
Curoo Curoo and Stars of Wonder were both commissioned by RTÉ Lyric FM and the former features on the station’s CD, Choirs for Christmas.
Sample pages are available for all works in the CMC catalogues, they are graded from easy to professional standard, and conductors can click through on the online PDFs to find out more about the works and listen to extracts.
There are 45 works available in the Children’s and Female Voice Repertoire catalogue, curated by Anne Barry. She writes:
I was delighted to be invited by the Contemporary Music Centre to curate this catalogue. My own teaching and conducting experience includes working with children’s choirs, female school choirs, and women’s community choirs, and so I have considered each piece from both a teaching and conducting perspective.
Included are Éibhlís Farrell’s Ave Maria, Aloys Fleischmann’s Mass for Children’s Choir and Organ, Irene Buckley’s A Bé Find/Lovely Lady, Seán Ó Riada’s An Phaidir (Ár nÁthair) from Ceol an Aifrinn, Más Luí Dom by Caitríona Ní Dhubhghaill, An das Angesicht des Herrn Jesu by Patrick Zuk, and Cnámh by Rhona Clarke.
The Mixed Choir Repertoire catalogue, curated by Rhona Clarke, contains 47 works from composers such as Vincent Kennedy, Mary McAuliffe, Séamas de Barra, Marian Ingoldsby, Garrett Sholdice, Siobhán Cleary, Andrew Hamilton and Kevin Volans.
The CMC choral catalogues series follows on from the Choirland anthology which was published in 2012 and contains 15 pieces by Irish composers for unaccompanied mixed choir.
All three catalogues, with links to sample pages, can be viewed below, or visit www.cmc.ie for more information. For queries, email lfitzgerald [at] cmc.ie.
CMC Choral Catalogue: Christmas Repertoire
CMC Choral Catalogue: Children’s and Female Voice Repertoire
CMC Choral Catalogue: Mixed Choir Repertoire