'Another compelling choral score published by CAILÍNO MUSIC' - A Cappella

Adding to a line of recent successes, CAILÍNO Music Publishers continue by releasing ANGEL composed by LIAM BATES.

- A Cappella

‘Choice of repertoire is an important factor in the enjoyment and success of a choir at a competition or festival. Choirs are constantly searching for new music that will make their programme stand out; a showcase work that both challenges the singers and leaves an indelible impression on the listener.

Liam Bates’ ANGEL is both delicate and immense. Choirs will relish showcasing their full dynamic and expressive range in this powerful piece. Close harmony opens out to expansive declamatory chords all achieved through compelling harmonic progressions.

SATB | A Cappella  PREVIEW SCORE HERE

SATB | A Cappella PREVIEW SCORE HERE

Recalling a prayer from his childhood, the composer gives us a setting which is tender and reassuring but also intense and luminous. Largely homophonic in texture – a conscious decision to keep the text central – the moments of choral divisi bring an array of vivid harmonic colour and subtle rhythmic interplay. Beautiful!’ - CAILÍNO.

THE 23rd PSALM - published by CAILÍNO

In this setting of the 23rd Psalm, Bates succeeds in allowing moments of chordal bliss whilst always portraying a restrained beauty. The work is still, sincere and agonisingly beautiful. Perfectly accessible to most choirs, this Psalm 23 is equally at home as a concert work or as a piece of worship, and is guaranteed to please both audiences and congregations alike. - CAILÍNO MUSIC PUBLISHERS

SATB | A Cappella PREVIEW SCORE HERE

NOËL - premier recording

VenuWorks Theatricals releases the premier recording of NOËL, created by composer LIAM BATES and author EOIN COLFER.

It features the talents of Broadway’s JESSICA VOSK and STEPHEN CARLILE, together with the ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND, conducted by the composer.

The release of this album coincides with the successful fifteen city North American tour (2018), directed by SAM SCALAMONI and produced by MICHAEL LONDRA and STEVE PETERS.

Appearing on this album also, are the voices of HANA KELLY, JAMES BYNG, LYNN HILARY, J.B. ADAMS, PAUL IANNIELLO, ERIC JON MAHLUM, DANIEL FURLONG and SIMON MORGAN, along with THE WEXFORD CHORUS.

It was recorded in New York, London and Dublin and mixed by JONATHAN FORDE.

Download available from iTunes HERE

JESSICA VOSK singing Fairy Story Girl, from NOËL

TO BRING THEM HOMe - from Heroes of the Helen Blake

TO BRING THEM HOME

On brave white horses that rise and charge,
Aloft the heaving breast of the wayward deep,
T'ward weary ships and solemn hearts:
Make fast my bond, my pledge to keep.

T'is oar and courage that tamed the wave,
Thus bearing souls adrift to a far-off place.
God surely loved them as cries they gave:
Thy mighty hand. Thy saving grace.

The storms unleash their insignia of light,
A flash to bathe the blue in a crimson blend.
She dips and skims the brimming plight
And man and boat both creak and bend.

With buckled hull and broken mast
And a leeward thrust to the rocky shore,
That of each one, mankind should ask
To bring them home to love once more.

Be there no sadness in our farewell,
as much in faith, I make to the boundless sea.
Beat hard the waves that drape my sense.
God's light, my compass ever be.

Liam Bates - 2014

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NOËL The Musical

A selection of songs from NOËL recorded live from the National Opera House

Photography by PAULA MALONE CARTY

 

INVISIBLE

James Byng as Edgar

 

Edgar and his sister Duchess, are homeless and are living rough in the park. 


DEAR SANTA

Stephen Carlile as Nick

 

Nick (Santa) reads some of his 'Dear Santa' letters.


WHAT ARE WE TO DO?

Zoe Rainey (Duchess) & James Byng (Edgar)

 

Noël's mother is still missing. The mobile phone with which she hopes to hear good news about her mother, has broken. Duchess and Edgar try to cheer her up with a story about how they came to live in the park. Edgar fixes the phone.


WATER, LOVE & KISSES

Avril O'Toole as Mother

 

This is the lullaby Noël's mother always sings.


EVERYBODY LOVED ME

Mark Lambert as Mr. Carnegie

 

Noël's teacher, Mr Carnegie, explains why he is so hard on the students.


HOPE IS IN THE HEAVENS

Full Cast

 

In the town square, people gather and keep vigil, hoping that Santa will return.


WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE

Hana Kelly as Noël

 

Noël momentarily steps into her world of fantasy and wonder.


THIS MAN

Stephen Carlile as Nick

 

Nick has become disillusioned and frustrated by the greed and rampant consumerism surrounding Christmas. He despairs of the world and its values.


FAIRY-STORY GIRL

Zoe Rainey as Duchess

 

Duchess learns the truth about Nick and realizes that he has always known who she really is. 


A STITCH IN TIME

Duchess, Edgar & Mr. Carnegie

 

Duchess and Edgar save Mr. Carnegie's show by magically creating all the costumes.


I'LL BE THERE

Duchess & Nick

 


THE NOËL

Noël & cast

 


HOPE IS IN THE HEAVENS

final reprise


ALL TRACKS | CONTINUOUS PLAY


VenuWorks Theatricals presents

NOËL THE MUSICAL

by

EOIN COLFER and LIAM BATES

directed by BEN BARNES

 

produced by MICHAEL LONDRA and STEVE PETERS

 

This concert performance was with The Orchestra of Ireland

 

(Left to right) Author EOIN COLFER, producer MICHAEL LONDRA, composer LIAM BATES, producer STEVE PETERS and director BEN BARNES. 

AGNUS DEI - published by CAILÍNO

‘An emotionally charged and heartfelt setting of the Agnus Dei. The music has a delicacy and sensitivity within it that is truly captivating.  Long choral phrases float over the top of a gently flowing accompaniment – the two constituent parts warmly embracing each other’s duple and triple metres. Harmony and form are also perfectly judged with phrases, sections and indeed the piece as a whole having clear definition and momentum. Sublime!’ - CAILÍNO MUSIC PUBLISHERS

SATB | Piano/Organ PREVIEW SCORE HERE

CANTICLES

Inspired by a visit to the small village of Kpna in the north of the African country, Togo, Canticles places at its heart, the rhythms and melodies from community songs.

Glowing with the light of a thousand,

a thousand galaxies,

Flowing with the strength

of a ceding river,                                              

Embracing and transforming

from season to season,

Loving with no limits.

 

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my love anew for you as we wake in the morning.

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my hands be strong when we're working long in the sunlight.

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my heart be still as we sit alone in the moonlight.

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my sense be clear as we sleep at night in the forest.

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my love be strong. Let peace come to you in your sleeping.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria

Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plain

Fat baobabs and shady mango trees

Hippos and lions, elephants and eagles

 

Busy black ants and hopping fleas

Wriggling tadpoles and mosquito larvae

Sisal plant tips and tall lake reeds

Maasai spears and hunting arrows

 

Coconut milk and roasted yams

sponges and porridge and golden ripe mangos

Sugar cane sweet and sundered dates

sweet pineapples and bananas