Hear a clip from Vocal Chords: Episode 4, airing 7pm May 22nd on RTE Lyric FM
Vocal Chords – an odyssey of the human voice with Iarla Ó’Lionáird, airs on RTÉ lyric FM, as the Lyric Feature, Fridays at 7p.m from May 1st for 5 weeks.
Something changes, transforms, when a group of people come together and sing. In episode four of Vocal Chords, presenter and singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird explores the power and spirit of the combined voice from church choirs to street protest, from prison camps to the factory floor. Iarla takes the journey from the unique sound of Robert Hollingworth’s solo voice ensemble, I Fagiolini, and grammy award winning folk choir Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares to the deep bass tones of Welsh mining men’s choirs and the Singing Revolution of the Baltic States. South African singers talk of toyi-toyi protests when the power of the marching crowd’s singing carried them for miles.
Here’s a short promo for Episode 4: Better Together, with conductor David Brophy on what it means to sing as part of a choir. Episode 4 airs on RTÉ lyric FM on May 22nd 2015 at 7pm.