The National Chamber Choir of Ireland
Spring Tour: All creatures mainly small
Conductor David Brophy
2nd – 12th March 2006

January 2006… The National Chamber Choir of Ireland (NCC) this year celebrates the 15th anniversary of its foundation. This year’s Spring Tour, conducted by David Brophy, will bring the warmth and vivacity of its performance to audiences throughout Ireland. The tour programme, All creatures mainly small, is a wonderful combination of history, wit and romance, full of delightful, timeless pieces.

Composition Workshops are part of the NCC’s Education Project for senior cycle Secondary School students and have become an integral part of its Spring Tour. During the tour the Choir meets with students who are in the final year of this two year programme in order to rehearse, perform and record works composed by them.

The National Chamber Choir of Ireland (NCC) was founded in 1991. From the outset the Choir’s warm and flexible sound was nurtured by its founder, Colin Mawby. Celso Antunes, the Choir’s current Artistic Director, has added an extra dimension of energy and dynamism to the group’s performances. The NCC is an independent, full time professional ensemble and the 17 members of the group are drawn from the ranks of Europe’s top choral singers. The Choir’s wide repertoire spans the period from 12th century chant to the music of the 21st century. The group works with many top international guest conductors including: Marcus Creed; Bo Holten; Daniel Reuss; Johan Duijck: Stephen Layton and Terry Edwards. Recent tours have included China, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lebanon and Amsterdam.

After a period as Apprentice Conductor with the National Chamber Choir, David Brophy was the first person to occupy the position of Assistant Conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He has also worked with other ensembles, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera, Orchestra of St Cecilia, Vox21 and Crash Ensemble.
David has worked with international artists such as Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Hugh Tinney, Harry Sparnaay, Raphael Wallfisch, Mikhail Rudy, Liam O’Flynn, Riverdance and U2. As well as performing throughout Ireland, he has appeared in Europe, Africa, the USA and Canada. His broadcasts include RTÉ, BBC, CBC (Canada) and a live EBU broadcast to listeners throughout Europe. David also works as a pianist and accompanist throughout Ireland. As a composer his works have won many awards and have been performed at numerous events, including the Belfast Sonorities Festival.
David Brophy is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and of the Dublin Institute of Technology. During the 1990s he participated in masterclasses in England, The Netherlands and Ireland, studying with George Hurst, Jac van Steen and Gerhard Markson.

Programme:
Clément Janequin ~ Le Chant des Oiseaux; Jean Mouton ~ En venant de Lyon; Claudin de Sermisy ~ Martin menait son pourceau; Pierre Passereau
~ Il est bel at bon; Josquin des Pres ~ Agnus Dei from Missa l Homme Arme; John Tavener ~ The Lamb; The Tiger; John Wilbye ~ Sweet honey-sucking bees; Orlando Gibbons ~ Dainty fine bird; The silver swan; Thomas Vautor ~ Sweet Suffolk owl; Ian Wilson ~ nine(birds)here; Under the lark full cloud; Kevin O Connell ~ Fáilte don éan; C.V. Stanford ~ The Bluebird; Aaron Copland ~ The Lark

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