A new work by Eric Sweeney, Hymn to Gaia, will be premiered at Waterford New Music Week.

This new work by Eric Sweeney for choir, organ, soloists, narrator and ensemble sets a variety of religious texts: Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Native American, together with a range of poetry reflecting on our relationship with the environment. The Kyrie (Lord have mercy), for example, asks for pardon for the damage we have done to our world while the Gloria celebrates the wonders of creation.

Hymn to Gaia, conducted by the composer, will be premiered at the Waterford New Music Week on Saturday 13 March at Christ Church Cathedral Waterford with subsequent performances in St Teresa's Church, Clarendon St  Dublin (Sunday 14th) and St Nicolas' Church, Galway (Saturday 20th). The work will be sung by the combined choirs of Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford (director Eric Sweeney), the Lassus Scholars from Dublin (director Ite O'Donovan) and the Tribal Chamber Choir from Galway (director Mark Keane). All performances at 8.00pm.

Video interview with Eric Sweeney