MACALLA 1916 is a suite of music with song and narration that will reflect on Easter 1916, the history of Ireland leading up to those events and Irelands development since then.
The events of Easter week 1916 in Ireland played a pivotal role in the birth of a nation. They have had a far-reaching effect on not only the country but across Europe and on the world stage. In this, the centenary year of 1916, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Britain has joined Comhaltas in Ireland, the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Embassy, Culture Ireland and the Barbican Theatre in London to commemorate these events.
This commemoration will also recognise the transformation of the relationship between Ireland and Britain in the spirit of partnership and reconciliation.
Macalla 1916 is commissioned by Comhaltas and composed by Michael Rooney. The Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra is made up of over 60 traditional and classical musicians and singers from 20 different counties throughout the island of Ireland and throughout Britain. The London performance will be followed by a nationwide tour in Ireland.