oh, this hectic world



A musical setting for 10 classic haiku, composed by Eric Sweeney, haiku selected and read by Mark Roper.

Eric Sweeney passed away in July this year. A composer of national and international importance, he had been deeply involved in the musical and artistic life of Waterford for most of his life. His death is a huge loss to the world of music in Ireland.



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Sunday, 25th October.



oh, this hectic world is the last piece Eric composed, a setting for 10 classic Japanese haiku selected by the poet Mark Roper, who had collaborated with Eric on many ventures over many years.

The piece was due to be performed by Eric and Mark at Imagine this year. Composer and pianist Marian Ingoldsby, a close friend and colleague of Eric’s at WIT for over 25 years, has very kindly agreed to step in to play Eric’s music.

Imagine is proud and honoured to present oh, this hectic world, a tribute to the memory of a man who will be so greatly missed in so many different ways.

Eric Sweeney

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Eric Sweeney was organist and choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford from 1991 to 2018. Those years also saw a period of exceptional creativity as a composer with a repertoire now consisting of three operas, two symphonies, six concertos plus dozens of choral and instrumental works. His work as a composer was acknowledged by his election to Aosdána, Ireland’s state- sponsored academy of creative artists, by a D. Phil from the University of Ulster, as well as by numerous performances of his music both nationally and internationally.

Mark Roper

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Mark Roper’s last 2 poetry collections, A Gather of Shadow (2012) and Bindweed (2017), were shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award. A Gather of Shadow won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. He has published 3 books with the photographer Paddy Dwan, most recently Comeragh, in 2018. He also wrote the libretto for the opera The Invader, composed by Eric Sweeney.

Website: www.mark-roper.com/

Marian Ingoldsby

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Marian Ingoldsby has had work commissioned by, amongst others, Opera Theatre Company (which premièred her opera, Hot Food with Strangers, in 1991); the National Symphony Orchestra; Presteigne International Festival of Music, Wales; Cork International Choral Festival; the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, and more recently by the Ulster Orchestra who premièred her Heron By the Weir in 2008. Awards include the Macaulay Fellowship, 1995, and in 1996 the first Elizabeth Maconchy Fellowship tenable at the University of York, where she completed her D. Phil in Composition under Nicola LeFanu in 2000.