Resurgam is Ireland’s premiere project-based professional choral ensemble.
Resurgam’s hallmarks as a choir are clarity and transparency of sound, attention to text and emotive content, virtuosity in improvisation and ornamentation, colourful interplay of instrumental and vocal resources and textures, and imaginative and engaging programming.
The singers, many of whom have parallel careers as soloists, have all performed often with period ensembles and are able to match the flexibility and articulation of such instruments and work with them interchangeably.
All of these characteristics enhance Resurgam’s unique work in the field of early vocal music in Ireland, and especially through the acclaimed single-composer retrospectives the choir has undertaken (including Giovanni Gabrieli, Heinrich Schütz and Orlandus Lassus).
In addition to its work in the field of historically informed performance of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, Resurgam has also brought to Irish audiences the great choral works of the Russian Orthodox tradition, touring the country with Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil and Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, and giving the first complete Irish performance of Schnittke’s monumental Concerto for Choir.
The ensemble is committed to bringing fine choral music to the west of Ireland, and especially to places where hitherto there have few if any performances by professional choral ensembles. It also values its relationships with local choirs in the west, and enjoys sharing the expertise of its singers and players through workshops and coaching sessions.
Founded in 2003 by Mark Duley, Resurgam has worked with an international array of conductors including Monica Huggett, Christophe Rousset, Erin Headley and John Butt, and has performed in the UK and continental Europe, including an acclaimed appearance at the Bach Festival of Lausanne.
Within Ireland, it has appeared at most of the major international festivals, including Galway International Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ardee Baroque Festival, Cork International Choral Festival, Galway Early Music Festival, and the Pipeworks Festival. It has given many groundbreaking performances of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Irish Times critical acclaim for RESURGAM
Resurgam maintained its reputation as one of the most accomplished choirs on this island….
Mark Duley doubled as conductor and continuo organist with characteristic efficiency and verve….
With complete confidence, [Resurgam} sang demanding 16th- and 17th-century polychoral music from Italy, Spain and Germany….
This Messiah was a treat from start to finish….
The three Michaelmas contatas called for an unusually adept choir – and they got one….
Resurgam darted through Bach’s labyrinthine counterpoints with disciplined clarity and florid tone….
Resurgam’s singing was razor-sharp and, even at slow speeds, full of life….
One could take pleasure in music-making that had the clarity and cooperativeness of chamber music….