James Dillon: The Louth Work, Orphic Fragments


St Peters Church of Ireland,
Drogheda

Saturday, 29 April 2017


Louth Contemporary Music Society presents the world premiere of James Dillon's 'The Louth Work: Orphic Fragments'.

'The Louth Work' will be performed by Crash Ensemble with soprano Peyee Chen, conducted by Sinead Hayes. 

Louth Contemporary Music Society continues to offer Irish audiences unique experiences in contemporary music with its presentation of the first performance of a new work by James Dillon. James Dillon is one of the UK’s most internationally celebrated and performed composers. Dillon’s The Louth Work: Orphic Fragments will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of this year’s Drogheda Arts Festival. 

The world premiere of the new work takes place in St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Drogheda at 8pm on Saturday 29 April 2017. 

The Louth Work: Orphic Fragments sets ancient texts, attributed to Orpheus himself, interspersed with poetry from Petrarch, Apollinaire and Allen Ginsberg. The words are explored and dissected, spoken and whispered as well as sung. Dillon accompanies the voice with an ensemble of five instrumentalists, fully exploiting the wide range of textures and colours they offer. Extended performing techniques, unusual percussion sounds and innovative electronics all contribute to the unique soundworld of this rich and engaging aural tapestry. The programme also includes Jennifer Walshe’s Three Songs by Ukeoirn O'Connor.

Sinead Hayes will conduct Crash Ensemble, who will be joined by the stupendous soprano Peyee Chen.

Tickets €10 available from www.droghedaartsfestival.iewww.eventbrite.ie or on the door on the night.
More details www.louthcms.org.

James Dillon, Composer
James Dillon’s work spans all genres from solos to chamber music, orchestral to opera. The recipient of many of prizes and awards including the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis and the Japan Foundation Artist Scholarship, he has also won an unprecedented four Royal Philharmonic Society awards, and was most recently awarded a BASCA British Composer Award for Stabat Mater dolorosa in 2015. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities throughout the world, and was named 2001 New York University Distinguished International Visitor. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Huddersfield and in the same year he was appointed Professor of Composition at the University of Minnesota.