|The Paul Durcan collage|
The concert was a collaboration with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the music was out of this world. I opened the show so I got to enjoy the rest of it from the wings and, in the second half, from the auditorium.
My piece was about a lonely Christmas I spent in Switzerland at 18. The orchestra played the music 'Snow Ride' after I read; it was so beautiful and Christmassy but I can't find it online.
Other guest contributors included Dermot Bolger, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Rita Ann Higgins, Leo Cullen, Catherine Foley, Joe Kearney, Julie Feeney, Michael Harding, Martina Devlin, Niamh Ní Charra, Kevin Conneff, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Tríona Marshall, Paddy Moloney and, of course, my new friend Paul Durcan :)
The programmes will be broadcast on RTE Radio 1 next Sunday the 18th December, 9am, and on Christmas Day at 9am. If they go in the order we went last night, my piece will be the first one on next Sunday morning.
As an aside, but related, Paul asked me about the collage I did of the poem about him. I gave it to The Winding Stair book shop last week (the poem is set there) so he reckons he will sneak in and have a look at it one of these days :)