To mark the 400th anniversary of the unique relationship between Derry~Londonderry and the City of London, a new cantata has been commissioned from two of the world’s leading creators in words and music.
“At Sixes and Sevens” will consist of nine sections written by the Pulitzer-prizewinning Northern Ireland poet Paul Muldoon and the composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. The work will be interspersed with further sections devised by communities in Derry~Londonderry and London and artistically directed by Barry Douglas and Ian Ritchie. The world premiere will be given on July 3, 2013 simultaneously in the two guildhalls of London and Derry~Londonderry, linked live using technology. “At Sixes and Sevens” will be performed by Camerata Ireland, the London Symphony Orchestra, soloists, choirs and specially-formed community ensembles.
Commissioned by The Honourable The Irish Society, the project has been instrumental in setting up a unique partnership involving Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas, the Verbal Arts Centre, St Cecilia’s College, Wall2Wall Music, Barbican/Guildhall Creative Learning, the London Symphony Orchestra and the City of London Festival.
These cultural relationships, the work itself and the establishment of local community ensembles, which will remain after the performance, are the significant legacies of the project.