New Music 20x12
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Conor Mitchell

Our Day

‘Our Day’ is a new opera set against a backdrop of events in Northern Ireland in 1972, which was one of the bloodiest years of the troubles. It was also the year that local girl Mary Peters won a gold medal at the Munich Olympics, and composer Conor Mitchell and NI Opera have produced a piece to remember that sense of national pride Northern Ireland had in 1972.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

About Conor Mitchell

Conor Mitchell is a musical dramatist, who trained with David Blake and Nicola LeFanu. He has written 13 music-plays including The Dummy Tree (Cottesloe Theatre), Gepetto in Spring (Gotenberg, Sweden), Diary of a Madman (LAMDA, Drury Lane), The Musician (Cahoots NI), The Rosen Street Protest (NT Studio), Merry Christmas Betty Ford (Lyric Theatre), Goblin Market (NYMT), Pesach (Waterfront Hall) and others. He has written for the Ulster Youth Orchestra, twice been writer on attachment to the National Theatre, music adviser to YMT:UK and writer in residence at LAMDA. Awards include the Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for composition.

His cycle of contemporary popular song, Ten Plagues was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre by the singer Marc Almond and performed at the Traverse Theatre in 2011. He is working on the opera cycle The Headless Soldier with the playwright Mark Ravenhill, as well as an oratorio for the London Gay Men’s Chorus and a new opera in London. His music-play The Doughboys will premiere at the Belfast Festival in 2012. He is 32 and lives in Northern Ireland.

 

 

Northern Ireland Opera,

NI Opera, based at Belfast’s historic Grand Opera House, has a mission to provide the highest-quality opera to the widest possible audience. With a philosophy of excellence and risk-taking underpinned by an imaginative programming policy and first-rate casting, NI Opera is committed to opera as a unique art form.

By keeping ticket-prices affordable, and through the regular (but not exclusive) use of English in performances, NI opera are committed to widening the audience for opera. NI opera target a wide audience from, young to old, rich to poor, and from traditional opera-goers to those who have never seen an opera in their life before.

NI Opera aims to promote the best of Northern Irish talent, engaging with local communities and young people, collaborating with other Northern Ireland arts organisations, and using some of the province’s most iconic spaces for its performances.

 

The performance of Our Day  by NI Opera at The MAC, Belfast, was recorded by the BBC on the 28th June 2012, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 21st July 2012.

This work is available now on NMC in mp3 and FLAC download formats. (See below)

 

 

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Special thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

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