Football has a mixed history with singing. It’s an important part of the match day experience but when committed to a recording or a performance outside of the ground it can lead to collaborations that are best left off the playlist.
Nevertheless, as part of the of the EURO 2020 tournament Dublin City Council are supporting a unique Arts Legacy Project awarded to Irish National Opera following a successful open call.
Irish National Opera has commissioned composer Brian Irvine to create a new work celebrating football, inspired by the Dublin football community.
INO is partnering with Dublin City Council, the axis arts centre in Ballymun and the National Concert Hall on this ground-breaking world premiere performance on Sunday 14 June 2020.
Together over the next few months they will reach out to Dublin football communities and explore what exactly the game means to them.
Discovering what makes football communities tick will form the core of a live performance in NCH on Sunday 14 June 2020.
Dublin City Council and axis arts centre, Ballymun, will be working with INO to help recruit football and music fans to form the community chorus.
“Dublin is incredibly proud to be a Host City of EURO 2020, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for this City and the people of Dublin,” said Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe.
“We’re thrilled to showcase Dublin to the world and make this a memorable tournament for all fans. Not only will EURO 2020 leave a lasting football legacy in the City, but we are delighted to partner with Irish National Opera in realising this unique and inclusive music programme.”
“It opens up EURO 2020 to a whole new audience, and I’d invite anyone with a musical interest to apply for a chance to take to the stage in the iconic National Concert Hall.”
Project Manager James Bingham adds “no experienced required, if you are interested in football and singing, and would like to take part, do get in touch. Don’t miss your chance to take to the stage in NCH and sing as part of this special EURO 2020 celebration.”