Lithuanian string ensemble KLAIPEDA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, take VIVO at a whipping speed. Artistic director Mindaugas Bačkus forged a programme of Irish music for a performance given in April 2019.
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.
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.
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
Broadway star JESSICA VOSK, sings Fairy Story Girl by composer LIAM BATES and author EOIN COLFER, from their Christmas musical NOËL, recorded at Dubway Studios, New York, with the Orchestra of Ireland.
Premier recording, released by VENUWORKS THEATRICALS, is available on iTunes.
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
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
HANA KELLY as Noël
A selection of songs from NOËL recorded live from the National Opera House
Photography by PAULA MALONE CARTY
James Byng as Edgar
Edgar and his sister Duchess, are homeless and are living rough in the park.
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
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.
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.
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
Noël & cast
HOPE IS IN THE HEAVENS
ALL TRACKS | CONTINUOUS PLAY
VenuWorks Theatricals presents
NOËL THE MUSICAL
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.
‘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
NOMINATED FOR AN IFTA (BEST ORIGINAL MOVIE SCORE) 2014
directed by ALAN BRENNAN
starring RAFE SPALL, JENN MURRAY and DAVID MORRISSEY
score composed, orchestrated and conducted by LIAM BATES
recorded with the ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND
score mixer JAMES COLLINS
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
LIFEHOUSE live at Sadler's Wells
featuring the LONDON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
orchestrated and conducted by LIAM BATES
A BEAUTIFUL HEART
A PURE HEART
Two meditative pieces from a set called Abundance, inspired by the writings of Irish author Flann Lynch on the subject of making space in the present and living in the moment.
Viola BETH McNINCH
Accordion DONAGH WYLDE
Piano ORLA McDONAGH
and MUSICI IRELAND
FRANCESCO PONS talks to Liam about the true story behind his work HEROES OF THE HELEN BLAKE and the inspiration for this music.
A five movement seascape for large orchestra and men’s choir, rich with beautiful melody and lush in orchestral colour. Dedicated to Lifeboat men and women through the ages, a magnificent work evoking the spirit of faith, fear and bravery of the souls who wander the seas.
National Concert Hall | May 1st, 2016
Animation by COLM Ó FOGHLÚ