Lunaria (a flower that takes two years to bloom) is a bespoke 15 minute work for 9 musicians and 4 performers that celebrates what is possible within a two year period when artists of many disciplines, across many boundaries make music together. Celebrating two years of The Belfast Ensemble, this new work evokes a furiously vibrant city caught in the crossfire of national identities.
Commissioned by The Belfast Ensemble.
The Belfast Ensemble
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 Autumn 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.