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The Mighty Ocean

The Mighty Ocean is a newly composed suite of music, composed by Máirtín O’Connor, reflecting on climate change and the environment. It is being produced by Galway Music Residency for TG4 as part of Galway 2020’s Capital of Culture Programme and will have its World Premiere on Sunday 25 April 2021 at 9:30pm.

The Mighty Ocean opens a musical dialogue between mankind and the environment, touching on the entrancing power of the sea, while questioning the destructive influence of humankind on our endangered oceans. The piece is scored and arranged for 12 musicians including Irish traditional music legends Máirtín O’Connor, Garry Ó Briain, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O’Dowd and Jimmy Higgins, and Galway Music Residency’s ensemble in residence, ConTempo Quartet.  

As well as exploring the themes of climate change, environment and landscape, the half-hour film marks a decades-long musical dialogue between Galway Music Residency, its permanent ensemble in residence ConTempo Quartet, Máirtín O’Connor, Garry Ó Briain and Cathal Hayden. Over more than 15 years, these partners have pushed the boundaries of musical and cultural fusion to present unique listening experiences to the people of Galway and beyond. The Mighty Ocean sees the culmination of this creative friendship in a spectacular celebration of music.

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