I thirst – Anselm McDonnell



I thirst



Choral arrangement



Taking the traditional Irish tune ‘My Lagan Love’ as a compositional starting point, ‘I thirst’ is a new choral work by Belfast based composer Anselm McDonnell, multi-tracked by the composer, his wife, and brother. The words are taken from Psalms 42 & 43.

You can read more about the process behind this piece here.




Anselm McDonnell is an Irish/Welsh composer based in Belfast. He has written over sixty works for a variety of ensembles and regularly works with artists from other disciplines. His music has been performed in North America, Canada, Finland, Japan, Russia, and across Europe. He also performs on the classical and electric guitar.



  • Karen entered the PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry. Under the supervision of Trevor Hart, she is exploring theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. As Editor of Transpositions, she is fostering a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept.