McGlynn & Leck
June 2019

Ireland 2019 with Michael McGlynn and Henry Leck

Michael McGlynn & Henry Leck Choir Festival - Ireland 2019

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Ireland calls to us all in many ways…its music, rolling hills, whimsical nature, ancestry, quaint towns, intense history and some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet. 

One of Ireland’s finest contemporary composers is Michael McGlynn and one of the leading choral voices of Ireland is Anúna. I have invited Michael McGlynn to co-conduct the 2019 Ireland choral festival and KIconcerts is commissioning a new work from him, “The Song of the Blackbird” to be premiered by the combined Festival choir. McGlynn proposes: a simple text based on the ancient story of the Blackbird representing the voice of the natural world, with a song so pure and simple that it transcends the sound even of the monk’s singing at prayer, or the matin bell

There is nothing that compares for a singer than to perform a world premiere under the direction of the composer – this is a memory of a lifetime. In addition to the premiere piece we are proposing to sing three other McGlynn pieces – “Dúlamán”, “Jerusalem” and “An Oíche” along with American repertoire I will select. Choirs registering early will also have the opportunity of a workshop with singers from Anúna! 

I look forward to hosting you in Ireland with KIconcerts. We will stage individual concerts for our participating choirs in addition to rehearsing and staging our combined choir gala concert in a prestigious Dublin venue.

See you in Dublin!!! 

Henry Leck
Artistic Director & Conductor