Emotions of runners put to music for Comment 8 2012 performance

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 17:42 -- Editor

The University of Ulster choir, directed by Shaun Ryan, performed a preview of the new choral composition entitled 'Number Seven' at the Verbal Arts Centre on Thursday evening.
 The work - a composition by Sean Doherty, with words by Carlo Gebler - was a culmination of months of work with local running group City of Derry AC Spartans and focused on the range of emotions surrounding the art of running.

It was wall to wall sports stars on the night. Author Richie Kelly, sports journalist and author of North West Sporting Greats, gave the gathered audience a rundown on the northwest's finest hours - from Olympic success to record-breaking feats of running. A vast number of Spartans were there on the evening to hear the musical score, the end result of months of hard work.

The artists, musicians and sportsmen and women who were involved in the first commissions for Comment-8 2012 gathered at the Verbal Arts Centre to celebrate the culmination of the unique commissioning phase of the project. They also had readings from the artists and several of the participants shared their favourite sports related literature. 

The University of Ulster choir, led by Shaun Ryan, then lifted the rafters with their rendition of 'Number Seven', a spine-tingling choral masterpiece that left the audience in utter awe.

The public will get a chance to hear the whole piece soon at Magee and as part of the Olympic Torch celebrations.