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.
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).
-- Vincent Kennedy