Shaun Davey – The Relief of Derry Symphony

Over 220 musicians will take to the stage at The Venue 2013 for a rousing finale to the UK City of Culture year with Shaun Davey’s Relief of Derry Symphony. It’s the most ambitious concert to be staged there this year and will be a last chance for audiences to gather in what has become the spiritual home of the 2013 celebrations.

The concert boasts a stellar cast including Liam O’Flynn, Rita Connolly, Liam O’Maonlai, Gerard McChrystal, Eoin ó Beaglaioch, the combined forces of the Colmcille Pipe Band and members of the Neilston Pipeband from Glasgow led by Pipe Major Iain MacDonald, Donal Doherty and Codetta in a specially assembled 120-voice choir, Gerry O’Beirne, Noel Eccles, the Trumpets of the Britannia Concert Band and the full Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Gearoid Grant.

The symphony was originally performed to great acclaim in the Guildhall in Derry~Londonderry in the summer of 1990. It was commissioned by Derry City Council to commemorate the siege of the city in 1689 and has become known as ‘The Symphony of Peace’.

Shaun Davey, who grew up in Belfast, but now lives in Dublin, is a critically acclaimed Irish composer who has worked internationally in film, TV and theatre, and has received an Ivor Novello Award, two BAFTA nominations and a Broadway Tony nomination. He is also acknowledged as the pioneer and champion of traditional musicians as soloists in orchestral works such as The Brendan Voyage, Granuaile, The Pilgrim and Suite for the Dublin Special Olympics. His works, including The Relief of Derry, are regularly performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Chicago Symphony Hall and as far away as the Sydney Opera House. In recent years he has been a founder member of the Sean Nós band Béal Tuinne in Kerry, has performed a suite of songs amongst the tombs of the Merry Cemetery, Northern Romania, and recently composed a suite of sea shanties describing a voyage around the world.

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Shaun Davey – The Relief of Derry Symphony


20 December 2013


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