Who are UCD Choral Scholars?
University College Dublin Choral Scholars is Ireland’s leading collegiate choral ensemble. Every September, eighteen students from across a range of academic disciplines - from Music to Medicine - are awarded choral scholarships. We perform a large choral repertoire ranging from the medieval to the contemporary, and the choir gives many major concerts throughout the academic year. Last year the choir won first place in the National Church Music Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival, collaborated with Irish artists HamsandwicH and Heathers at Christ Church Cathedral, and with Young Wonder at Electric Picnic Festival.
Who is Ivo Antognini?
Born in Locarno, Switzerland, Ivo Antognini is a self-taught composer of choral music, jazz and television and film scores. He is committed to music education and is a long-standing professor in the professional training level of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. Antognini’s interest in choral music began in 2006 when he became composer-in-residence of world-class children's choir Coro Calicantus. Since then, Antognini's choral works have won prizes at many international competitions, such as the the Contemporary Americana Festival 2012 in Boston. Antognini draws on a wide range of texts for his choral compositions, from ancient Latin, through to the poetry of Emily Dickinson. His music has been performed worldwide by choirs such as Trinity College Choir of Cambridge and many others, including of course, UCD Choral Scholars! You can even check out a video of us singing ‘Jesu Dulcis’ by Ivo Antognini on youtube.
What will this project achieve?
UCD Choral Scholars hopes to commission Swiss composer Ivo Antognini to write a set of three choral pieces for the choir, based on texts by Irish poets. UCD Choral Scholars regularly perform Antognini’s stunning choral arrangements, and through this project hope to enhance this international musical relationship. The choir members are so excited about the opportunity to collaborate with an internationally acclaimed composer and to see how Antognini will bring the beautiful texts of these poems to life through his renowned atmospheric and expressive musical interpretation.
Upon reaching our fundraising target, our plans for this commissioned work would be:
• World Premiere at UCD Choral Scholars Christmas Concert, Dublin, December 2014.
• Swiss Premiere, Antognini Festival, Switzerland, May 14th to 17th, 2015.
• Performing it regularly in our programme thereafter.
What do we need?
We need your help to raise €7000 to commission Antognini to compose for us. We hope you like our selection of carefully compiled rewards which reflect your vital and much appreciated contribution to our project. As a friend of the project you will also be sent updates of our progress and any future performances of the commissioned work. Thank you for your support, whether it be taking the time to read about our project, or making a donation: we can’t do this without you!