About Our Projects:
We have three terrific projects for our fans and patrons in 2014-15. They are:
1) From the Lowcountry to the Old Country
This project is a 60-minute DVD documentary of Na Fidléirí and the Taylor Festival Choir’s 2013 Irish Concert Tour: “From the Lowcountry to the Old Country.” Filmed by Emmy-award winning Television Producer/Director Tim Fennell, the documentary will highlight the travels of these sister ensembles, include plenty of concert footage, provide back story to our ties to Ireland, and give unique insight into how our ensembles and the concert program itself expresses our synergistic relationship to the Emerald Isle. For a preview, hit play on the logo above!
Led by directors Mary and Robert Taylor and joined by legendary Irish guitarist and singer John Doyle, the concert program highlighted fiddle tunes of both Ireland and America arranged for Na Fidléirí by Mary Taylor, choral works by established contemporary choral masters with Celtic ties Michael McGlynn, James MacMillan, and newly commissioned choral/instrumental works by Donal Rafferty, Karen Marrolli and Robert Taylor that showcased the compelling, classical/folk hybrid qualities that make the ensembles of the Taylor Music Group truly unique on the international stage.
2) Taylor Festival Choir: Celtic Mass by Michael McGlynn, Mass by James MacMillan
The Taylor Festival Choir has recorded what will be the world premiere recording of Michael McGlynn’s Celtic Mass, along with former BBC composer of the year recording of James MacMillan’s Mass. Best known as the leader of and composer for the Irish chamber choir Anuna, McGlynn’s Celtic Mass shows the composer at his original best, with influences ranging from Irish traditional music, medieval plainchant and early polyphony, to modern composers such as Messian. James MacMillan is simply one of the best known and lauded composers in the current classical music scene. Written in 2000, MacMillan’s Mass ranks as one of his finest choral works.
This recording will be only the second time this masterwork has been recorded, and the only recording with female voices in the soprano section.
3) Na Fidléirí Live II
Recorded live during its annual, wildly popular Piccolo Spoleto USA concerts in 2014, this CD will showcase the singularly unique blend of Celtic fiddling and classical polyphony and technique that isNa Fidléirí.
Whether it be Irish jigs and reels, plaintive Scottish airs, or American old-time tunes such as Orange Blossom Special, Mary Taylor’s arrangements simultaneously entertain our audiences and deepen the music education of the young fiddlers that are Na Fidléirí.
Risks and challenges
We have just faced an unforeseen risk as our sound production engineer, Rich Mays, passed away unexpectedly. This sad event strengthens our resolve to overcome all obstacles and produce the CDs that he had recorded for us and had started to edit to honor his talent and memory. We will be dedicating the CDs to Rich.
How you can help:
Please donate to our recording projects! Your donations will help us finish editing, produce and distribute the CDs. They will help us finalize the DVD and pitch the project to our contacts at South Carolina Educational Television for broadcasting.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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