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Young children & teenagers singing

Considering Matthew Shepard

Date: Saturday 22nd April 
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Main Stage, National Concert Hall
Tickets: €14 - Concessions €5



Cór Linn
Cór na nÓg

Mary Amond O’Brien, music director

Jennifer McMahon, Ferdia O’Cairbre, music assistants

Carole O’Connor, piano

Bryan Burroughs, movement director


Alan Smale, violin

Adele Johnson, viola

Niall O’Loughlin, cello

Carlos Gomes, double bass

Seamus Wylie, clarinet

Jimmy Smyth, guitar

Lila Iontcheva, percussion

Craig Hella Johnson Suite from Considering Matthew Shepard (2017) [Irish Premiere]
Elaine Agnew We Are What Gives us Strength (three short pieces) (2019)

Festival favourites Cór Linn and Cór na nÓg – the youth choirs of the National Concert Hall – return to the main stage for this poignant yet uplifting concert of works by Craig Hella Johnson and Elaine Agnew.

Performed here in its Irish premiere, Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard was composed to celebrate the life of a young man cut short by hate and violence. Drawing on a wide range of styles and poetic texts, including passages from Matt’s personal journal, it is a soulful work of hope and forgiveness.


Paired with renowned Irish composer Elaine Agnew’s heartfelt short pieces We Are What Gives Us Strength, this promises to be a thoughtful and optimistic performance showcasing the very best of youth music-making.

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