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"Eric Sweeney" 

- Organ Music Album Launch

Eric Sweeney launches Bright Seraphin, a CD of his organ music as part of Imagine played on the magnificent Kenneth Jones organ at Christ Church Cathedral. Bright Seraphim presents a range of his organ compositions, some new some old, together with an improvisation showing off the range of sounds and colours of Waterford’s finest organ.


Eric Sweeney - Album Launch

Date :

Saturday, 27th October




Christ Church Cathedral




A Dubliner by birth, Eric Sweeney has lived in Waterford since 1981 where he was Head of Music at Waterford Institute of Technology until he retired in 2010. Previously he lectured in music at the Dublin College of Music (now Dublin Institute of Technology) and at Trinity College. He was Choral Director at RTE from 1978-1981. A frequent visitor to North America he has been composer-in-residence at the Newport Festival Rhode Island, Memorial University, Newfoundland, the University of Illinois, Indiana State University and the University of Portland, Oregon among others. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artist.

His music has been played by such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Taunton Sinfonietta, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.

Major works include Dance Music commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the cantata Deirdre commissioned by RTE (the Irish national radio and television network) Figurations for guitar commissioned by the Spanish Cultural Institute and Music for a Festival commissioned by Festival International de Musique Universitaire, Belfort, France.

Other commissions have included the Mass of St Patrick and the Evening Canticles for St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Slow Air for the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and the cantata Hymn to Gaia, a setting of texts from Muslim, Buddhist and Native American sources, together with a range of eco-poetry reflecting on our relationship with the environment.

His music has been performed by such groups as the Golberg Ensemble in Manchester, MusicaMorfosi in Milan, Voces Amicabilis in Norway and the European Union Chamber Orchestra in South America.

Recent projects include the incidental music for the film Down the Ladder commissioned for the Copper Coast Geopark in Bunmahon, Evening: The Lighthouse at Hook Head commissioned for the New Ross Piano Festival and the opera The Invader, with libretto by Mark Roper, which was  premiered at the Theatre Royal, Waterford and subsequently performed at Wexford Opera House.