A Nation’s Voice

On Easter Sunday, 27 March, at the National Museum Collins Barracks, months of preparation, planning and rehearsals all over the country came to fruition with ‘A Nation’s Voice’, an open-air, free performance which was part of the 2016 commemorative programme.

The event showcased the world première of ‘One Hundred Years a Nation’, a major new orchestral and choral work commissioned for the occasion by RTÉ from composer Shaun Davey with text by writer Paul Muldoon.

A Nation’s Voice was presented by the Arts Council and RTÉ, in association with the National Museum of Ireland, the Association of Irish Choirs and Music Generation and produced and coordinated by Milestone Inventive, as part of Ireland 2016.

In excess of 1,100 voices from 31 choirs and 19 counties, from Cork to Donegal, joined with the full forces of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Brophy for the performance, with Paul Muldoon narrating.