Ciaran Farrell’s Sprit of the Sea in June

An upcoming sea-themed programme with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will include a work Irish composer Ciaran Farrell, who recently released an album of guitar works with guitarist Damien Kelly. The work, premiered in 2009, is called Spirit of the Sea, and will appear alongside Mendelssohn’s Hebrides’ Overture, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean.

From the composer: Spirit of the Sea was commissioned by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for it’s 2009 Summer Lunch Time Concert Series and was first premiered at the NCH in September of that year. It was subsequently broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm’s In Tempo programme presented by Paul Herriot. The piece itself is a buoyant, uplifting work that takes the listener on an imaginary sea journey through both calm and stormy seas. It is Ciarán’s second orchestral work that puts the listener in an oceanic setting. His eight movement setting of poet Paddy Bushe’s Hopkins on Skellig Michael which premiered on Christmas Day 2004 on RTÉ lyric fm as a Christmas Special depicts an imaginary Gerard Manly Hopkins’s search for enlightenment on the rugged monastic Island that is Skellig Michael.

The concert takes place on 18 June at the National Concert Hall, and will be broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm’s Daytime Classics.

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