Andrew Hamilton: Proclamation of the Republic (2016) by EXAUDI published on 2016-11-01T16:06:00Z live performance of world premiere, LSO St Luke's, London, 23 October 2016 commissioned by EXAUDI with funding from Arts Council Ireland WINNER, British Composer Awards 2017, Choral category 'The physical object of the printed Proclamation of the Republic looms large in the visual memory of Irish people, as it is seen in schools, history books and public places. It was not until last year when I spent a week living beside Arbour Hill Cemetery in Dublin (in which fourteen of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising are buried) that the text came into focus for me again. The Proclamation is inscribed on a memorial wall in the cemetery and reading it one day I suddenly knew I had to set it. Researching the text I read an account that when Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation outside the General Post Office in Dublin on 24th April 1916 he had to repeat sections of it as people passing by could not hear what he said and the majority had no idea what was going on. This confusion and repetition has informed how I approached setting the text. Also I see my setting as an investigation into the text, there is no way I can agree with all of it, especially the call to violence, but I saw my role as a neutral observer of words that changed history. The work is dedicated with love and thanks to my father Graham Hamilton.'