Presenting the 1916 Proclamation Set to Music

I have always loved these words and what they aspire to, from the 1916 Proclamation:

The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally.

1916 Proclamation

So it was a great joy to be able to set them to music for performance in Dublin on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015. The link above is a live recording of this world premier, which I also conducted.  

Music by Vincent Kennedy (c) 2015

Words taken from the 1916 Proclamation (below), which was signed by Thomas J. Clarke, Sean MacDiarmada, Thomas McDonagh, P. H. Pearse, Eamon Ceannt, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett.

Recorded live Dublin 24th November 2015.

Pauline Kennedy (Solo Flute), Declan O'Brien (Narrator), Choir of Loreto Beaufort (Director Marie Cruise),Rathfarnham Concert Band, Aisling Kennedy(Soprano), Loreto Primary School (Director Sister Maria). 

Happy day!

-- Vincent Kennedy

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Tags: 1916, Contemporary Music, Easter Rising, Irish Freedom Struggle, composition


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Comment by Joe Gannon on November 29, 2015 at 9:55am

Absolutely lovely, Vincent. Thank you for posting it. 

Comment by Jim Curley on December 4, 2015 at 4:50am

Brilliant, Vincent. Thanks for lifting my heart.

Comment by Vincent Kennedy on December 5, 2015 at 4:58am

Thanks Joe and Jim. Greetings from a stormy wet Dublin. Vincent

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