A new collaboration involving composer David Bremner will be performed on 21 June

David Bremner

As part of National Music Day at Christ Church Cathedral, contemporary music company Béal presents a half-hour set entitled L’Air du Temps/The Spirit of the Times, the fruit of a year-long collaboration between the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist, David Bremner, and uilleann-piper Mark Redmond.

Funded by the Arts Council Deis Award, the project is about the connections between the performance styles from two very distinct traditions: traditional Irish slow airs as played on the pipes, and the music of the French Baroque era on the organ. These will be explored in the wonderfully resonant space of the Cathedral, allowing the sounds of these instruments to intertwine.

The set includes a mixture of traditional Irish airs, organ music by Couperin and de Grigny, as well as arrangements and compositions by Bremner. It is described as ‘an atmospheric re-imagining of Eighteenth century Ireland and France, a time of upheaval and revolutionary ferment, and a fertile time of cross-influences’.

The performance takes place at 6.30pm on 21 June 2013 in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Admission is free.

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