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A sound installation in conjunction with Paper Boat, an opera presented by Music for Galway and Galway 2020 in association with Irish National Opera

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church,
Galway, Ireland

April-June 2020

On midsummer’s eve in Galway, a young homeless man, and a mysterious mother and a child arrive in St. Nicholas’ Church to claim sanctuary from very different threats. But an army from the past is gathering outside the doors, threatening to repeat the destruction of the city perpetrated by Cromwell’s army centuries ago. Now the people of Galway are being asked to risk their own safety to protect the strangers who have come seeking their aid, and the leaders of the city's tribes must decide.

Weaving sounds from past, present and future, and featuring material from the opera Paper Boat, a cast of Galway voices and original music, this twelve-part sound installation takes the themes of a momentous operatic production to new places, marking a defining moment in the seven-hundred-year history of Saint Nicholas’ Collegiate Church

This project would not be possible without the assistance of the European Capital of Culture project; their support is gratefully acknowledged.


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Philip Fogarty

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