On November 24th 2018, Dominic McGonigal’s Rhythm Herd will premiere with Philomel at the Swiss Church, Covent Garden.
“I commissioned Dominic to write for my new group ‘Philomel’ because I had been impressed by his On the Beach, a choral work I’d performed with the experimental vocal group The CoMA Singers (part of Contemporary Music for all). The confident writing for voices, the great textures and a perfect sense of spacing and pacing in that work was also displayed in the commissioned piece Night Song, an atmospheric and challenging – but very satisfying – piece for 6 sopranos. I had no doubt in asking him to continue to write for Philomel, this time a smaller work Rhythm Herd.
On writing Rhythm Herd, Dominic McGonigal comments:
“Comprising six sopranos, Philomel gives performances a great beauty and expressiveness, in atmospheric venues that thrill audiences across London. The forthcoming concert is for Saint Cecilia’s Day, Cecilia Sings, text and artwork by students from Marylebone Girls’ School will illustrate the newly commissioned musical works on the theme of female power, passion and spirit by Janet Oates (with new text by Euan Tait), Sheena Phillips, Dominic McGonigal and Joel Jårventausta.”