Press release for Druid:
A CELEBRATION OF IRISH MUSICAL CULTURE THROUGH THE AGES
ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS BY KARL JENKINS & SOME OF THE WORLD'S LEADING COMPOSERS
STARRING CIARAN NAGLE, TONY NORTON, EOIN BRADY, SIMON MORGAN, BRIAN DUNPHY
Druid, devised and produced by Edgewood Productions and opening on St. Patrick's Day at The Helix, promises to be one of the most impressive and spectacular stage and musical sensations ever to come out of Ireland. The show will see five of Ireland's finest male vocalists coming together in a dramatic celebration of Ireland's musical culture on Patrick's Weekend at The Helix, DCU. Druid's opening and closing pieces have been composed by Karl Jenkins and it also features original music by some of Ireland's most sought after composers, as well as a cultural renaissance of classic Irish standards arranged by a team of some of Ireland's leading arrangers. Druid opens in the Mahony Hall of The Helix, DCU on the 17th March 2006. Advance bookings are now been taken, tickets are priced at €20, €25 and €30 call 01 7007000 for more details.
Karl Jenkins OBE is globally recognised. It is perhaps for his Adiemus project and 'classical' works for which he is best known. Adiemus has topped classical and 'pop' charts around the world. In addition he gained BAFTA Cymru 'gongs' for his scores for The Celts and Testament in 2004. His commissions include works for Lesley Garrett, Royal Ballet, BBC Proms in the Park, Bryn Terfel, and numerous works for television and film including advertising for Levi's, British Airways, Renault, Volvo, De Beers, C&G, Tag Heuer, Pepsi and countless more. Druid celebrates both our cultural ancestry and our contemporary sophistication by combining Celtic compositions old and new as well as using only the finest Irish talents in all its artistic and production values. Audiences will be enthralled by the new compositions by world famous composers such as Karl Jenkins, as well as standards such as "Nancy Spain", "My Lagan Love" and "Raglan Road". Backed by an 11-piece orchestra, Druid will be performed by five of Ireland's most outstanding classical male vocalists: Ciaran Nagle (Riverdance, The Three Irish Tenors), Tony Norton (La Scala, The Three Irish Tenors), Eoin Brady (National Chamber Choir), Simon Morgan (Anuna, The Drawing Room Opera Company) and Brian Dunphy (Riverdance, The Three Irish Tenors). This will be a spectacularly designed and produced show with only the best of modern day Irish design, including suits and costumes by leading top Irish fashion designers.
The Druid spectacular is in advanced negotiations with American broadcasting giant PBS (Public Broadcast Service) to secure the rights to film and broadcast this stage spectacular. PBS are owned and operated by the nation's 348 public television stations. Available to 99 percent of American homes with televisions and to an increasing number of digital multimedia households, PBS serves nearly 90 million people each week.
Also in America, Druid was exhibited at the annual conference of Performing Arts Presenters in New York earlier this year and has been booked for an extensive US tour in late 2006 and early 2007. Plans are already in place for a UK tour in the summer of 2006.
Edgewood Productions Ltd (EPL) is a music entertainment production company based in Bray, Co. Wicklow. EPL has now over fifteen years of experience in the live music entertainment industry, acting as producers, managers and agents of premier music entertainment. From humble beginnings EPL has grown to be responsible for some of Ireland's finest productions, such as The Three Irish Tenors who have gone on to enjoy worldwide success.
If advance interest is a barometer of success then Druid is set to become a worldwide phenomenon – do not miss your chance to see the World Premiere at The Helix, DCU on 17th March 2006. Tickets are on sale now from €25 call 01 7007000 for more details or log onto http://www.thehelix.ie to book on line.
The Helix, DCU, Collin's Ave., Glasnevin, Dublin 7. Doors 7pm.
Feature: Bernadette Price