ON FRIDAY, June 14, as part of the Éigse Festival, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fergus Sheil, will perform Beethoven's Symphony No 9 (choral) in Carlow Cathedral. The orchestra will be joined by two Carlow choirs – the Carlow Choral Society and Córmíosa. In addition to these, other singers are welcome to take part in this unique project.
Beethoven's Choral Symphony is one of the most uplifting works of the entire orchestral and choral repertoire. Its famous Ode to Joy in the final movement is a triumph of joy and optimism. The symphony is a very large undertaking and as such is rarely performed. It requires a symphony orchestra of about 70 players, a choir of 120 and four top vocal soloists. This project is on a unique scale for Carlow and promises to be a historic performance.
Singers wishing to take part in this project should be able to attend at the following rehearsals and performance times in Carlow town: Monday, February 18, Tuesday, March 12, Monday, April 15, Tuesday, May 7, Tuesday, May 28 and Monday, June 10, all from 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m, the final rehearsal on Friday, June 14, from 4.45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the performance on Friday, June 14, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Singers will need to pay for their own choral score (approximately €10) which will be yours to keep afterwards. Concert dress will be formal black for ladies and dress suit for men. There are no other costs associated. This project is supported by the Arts Council and Carlow Local Authorities arts office. It is produced by Wide Open Music, led by conductor Fergus Sheil who is well known to audiences in Carlow from the 2011 opera Shelter Me From The Rain, commissioned by Carlow Local Authorities. Fergus will conduct all rehearsals and the performance as listed above.
To register for this project please contact Ann Scully in Carlow Local Authority arts office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 059 913 6204. Please indicate your voice type (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). There are limited places available so you are advised to register early.