Perpetual Twilight: The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Choral Scholars of University College Dublin & Desmond Earley

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Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • Traditional, Desmond Earley:
  • 1Dúlamán (arr. D. Earley for choir)02:57
  • Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977):
  • 2My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose (arr. E. Ešenvalds for choir)04:05
  • Desmond Earley:
  • 3Body of the Moon07:50
  • Timothy Stephens:
  • 4At that hour when all things have repose05:55
  • Traditional, Kevin Whyms (b. 1971):
  • 5The Maid of Culmore (arr. K. Whyms for choir)04:30
  • Natasa Paulberg:
  • 6A Star04:47
  • Bill Whelan (b. 1950):
  • 7Elegy06:32
  • Traditional, Desmond Earley:
  • 8Danny Boy, "Londonderry Air"04:27
  • Eoghan Desmond (1989):
  • 9Oxen of the Sun05:15
  • Traditional, Desmond Earley:
  • 10Bó na Leathadhairce (arr. D. Earley for choir)03:09
  • Ivo Antognini (b. 1963):
  • 11Aimhirgín05:44
  • Traditional, Eoin Conway
  • 12Wild Mountain Thyme03:16
  • Colin Mawby (1936), Desmond Earley:
  • 13Strings in the Earth and Air05:12
  • Colin Mawby:
  • 14Bright Cap and Streamers02:43
  • Total Runtime01:06:22

Info for Perpetual Twilight: The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin

The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin and Artistic Director Desmond Earley follow up their debut release with a programme of new choral music inspired by the evocative imagery of the natural world in traditional Irish and Scottish folksong and poetry. The album includes a number of world-premiere recordings of new works and arrangements commissioned by the choir. The choir's first release 'Invisible Stars' was praised by critics and reviewers: ''The choir's singing is crystal clear'' (The Lady) ''Blending 'folk' voices with choral precision and tight harmony isn't easy, but Desmond Earley has a passionate stake in both and doesn't put a foot wrong'' (Choir and Organ). The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin, under the artistic direction of Desmond Earley, is Ireland's leading collegiate choral ensemble. With a large repertoire ranging from art to popular music, and stretching from the medieval to the contemporary in style, this choir gives many concerts throughout the academic year, both in Ireland and abroad.

Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Desmond Earley, conductor

The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
The Choral Scholars is an internationally-acclaimed chamber choir of gifted student singers led by Artistic Director, Desmond Earley, based at University College Dublin School of Music. Scholars come from various academic disciplines and commit to an intensive programme of choral study. Throughout each semester they receive intense vocal coaching, language instruction, and performance-practice studies. Since its formation in 1999, the choir has maintained strong links with its family of over two hundred alumni who often return to perform with the ensemble on the national and international concert stage.

With a classical focus, and an inspiration found in the music and literature of Ireland, the ensemble’s repertoire ranges from contemporary choral music to the re-imagining of Irish traditional song. What differentiates the Choral Scholars from other choirs is a strong national identity, a commitment to artistic excellence, an ambitious vision, a joyful camaraderie and a dynamic, youthful sound.

The choir frequently performs with Ireland’s leading instrumentalists and orchestras, and has in recent years collaborated with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. In touring the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, the group has brought University College Dublin and its music to an international audience. The choir regularly broadcasts on television and radio. Notable recent appearances include Centenary (RTÉ), for which the ensemble provided the choral soundtrack. Concerts with Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone are among their recent prestigious collaborations.

The performance and commissioning of works by living composers is a hallmark of this ensemble. New compositions have been written for the group by Ivo Antognini, Eoghan Desmond, Desmond Earley, Colin Mawby, Michael McGlynn, Timothy Stephens, and Bill Whelan.

In December 2015 the group released their debut international album on Signum Records, which has been well received by audiences and critics alike in the UK, USA and Germany. The disc, titled Invisible Stars, is a collection of traditional and contemporary choral music from Ireland and Scotland and features arrangements and new compositions by some of Ireland’s most celebrated composers.

Booklet for Perpetual Twilight: The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin

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