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St Luke's Children Of Lir Concert
Wed 14 December 2016, 20:15 – 22:30 GMT
Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Luke's Cancer Care
NARRATOR - PATRICK BERGIN
The iconic Irish legend of the Children of Lir is brought to life by renowned Irish composer Patrick Cassidy at the National Concert Hall. Join him at St Patrick's Cathedral for an evening to enjoy the work that made his name, the Children of Lir, the first major symphonic work written in the Irish language.
Together with the Enchiriadis Chamber Choir, it’s set to be a staggeringly beautiful evening of orchestral and choir music telling the story of Bodb Derg and his daughter Aoibh, who married Lir and bore four children.
When Aoibh dies, Bodb sends another daughter, Aoife, to Lir as a replacement, and her jealousy over the love Lir shares with his children sends Aoife over the edge. When a murder plot fails, Aoife turns the children into swans. Lir’s rage leads him to do the unthinkable.
The legend is part of the Irish Mythological Cycle, which consists of numerous prose tales and poems found in medieval manuscripts.
Originally recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Patrick Cassidy’s Children of Lir remained at Number One in the Irish Classical Charts for over a year. Find out what makes it so sensational at St Patrick's Cathedral.
Presented by the Frank Cassidy