Saturday 24 March 2018,
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Concert

DateSaturday 23 March
AddressSt Patrick's Cathedral, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

One of the aims of the Dublin International Choir Festival is to provide a uniquely Irish experience to visiting choirs and to forge connections between the performers. In this concert, choirs will present works from their repertoire. But we up the ante as choirs will unite and perform two choruses from Handel’s Messiah: For Unto Us a Child Is Born and the glorious Hallelujah. The choirs will also premiere the choral work, Music of a Lost Kingdom by renowed composer Bill Whelan. The Orchestra of Ireland and choirs will be conducted by Ireland’s own extraordinary David Brophy. Particapting choirs will be Episcopal Choral Society, Cór Fingal, Sligo Orpheus and Classic Harmony.

The Choirs

Bill Whelan's 'Music of a Lost Kingdom'

Bill Whelan has composed music for theatre, film and orchestra.

His 1997 Grammy Award winning music Riverdance continues to be performed around the world and the show is about to embark on an anniversary tour of the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.  To date, 22 million people have seen Riverdance The Show live.

His orchestral work, The Seville Suite was specially commissioned for Expo ’92 and continues to be widely performed . The Spirit Of Mayo, written for orchestra and choir was first performed in 1993 at Dublin’s  National Concert Hall.

Cór Fingal

Cór Fingal was set up by former members of Enchriadis Chamber Choir and Fingal Choral programme in order to continue and develop the tradition of choral music initiated by Dr Marion Doherty in 1988. This ensemble caters for singers over 18 who wish to challenge themselves musically and be part of a vibrant community. The choir has a long list of festival performances and recordings, including providing the voices for One4All’s online Christmas advert since 2015. The choir is conducted by former member of Enchiriadis Chamber Choir, Eoin Conway, who sang under Dr Marion Doherty for years, and Cór Fingal’s assistant conductor is Rebecca Gilbert. Cór Fingal is managed by Fingal Choral programme as part of Fingal Academy of Music.

Episcopal Chorale Society

The Episcopal Chorale Society, nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1983 when choirs from seven predominately African-American Episcopal churches joined together under the direction of Dr. Chas Cheatham to honor Absalom Jones, the first African-American Episcopal Priest. Nearly 33 years later, the Chorale includes more than 40 voices of people of varied faiths and cultural backgrounds. It has become locally and internationally renowned by conducting musical ministry throughout the United States and touring cities in Argentina, Australia, China, Cuba, Holland, Germany, Puerto Rico, Spain and Italy, where it was honored to receive a Papal audience with Pope John Paul II. In 2000, the Chorale was one of only five choirs in the world invited to Austria to perform at the Melk Abbey celebration of its 924th Anniversary. The Chorale has granted more than 100 scholarships to musically-gifted youth in the Los Angeles area.

Sligo Orpheus Choir

Sligo Orpheus Choir was founded in 1975 to continue Sligo’s fine reputation in choral singing. The Choir has established itself as the foremost choir in the North West for the quality of its performance and its range of programming.building upon a tradition that combines musical excellence with creativity and innovation  .The choir has performed  at the National concert hall Has sung Haydn’s Creation with the English Festival Orchestra  at the Royal Albert Hall .The Orpheus and has performed most of the major Oratorios with Ireland’s foremost conductors and orchestras and has made many successful T.V. appearances, Our extensive and varied repertoire range from a Capella to the mainstream choral repertoire.We have in recent years completed a short concert tour’s of France 2015 and Iceland 2017 to wide acclaim.

Classic Harmony

Classic Harmony (formerly the Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble) comes from Ashford in Co. Wicklow. This Vocal Ensemble are all members of one family and have sung together since the young people were very small and now produce a unique blended sound born of our familial relationship. Four out of five members of the group are vision-impaired. Including father, Frank who is a musical director of five choirs in Wicklow and a choir for blind and vision-impaired people in Dublin. The group sings in close harmony, a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment on Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Harp and Tin Whistle.

Classic Harmony are an award-winning ensemble having won many competitions including the Family Ensemble category at the Feis Ceoil in Dublin three years in a row and second prize at the Derry International Choral Festival in 2016 and 2017. They have appeared on television on RTE, TV3 and TG4 and on national and local radio. They have performed in concerts at local venues, at the National Concert Hall and at venues around the country including, most recently, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh and St. Columba’s Long Tower in Derry.
The Ensemble covers music from a wide range of genres from Classical to Traditional/Celtic and Popular/Jazz styles; and Christmas music from ancient to modern. Follow Classic Harmony on Facebook and Twitter to keep track of their performances, recordings etc.

The Venue

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (Irish: Ard-Eaglais Naomh Pádraig) in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1191, is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. With its 43-metre (141 ft) spire, St. Patrick’s is the tallest church in Ireland and the largest. Christ Church Cathedral, also a Church of Ireland cathedral in Dublin, is designated as the local Cathedral of the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.

Unusually, St Patrick’s is not the seat of a bishop, as the Archbishop of Dublin has his seat in Christ Church Cathedral. Since 1870, the Church of Ireland has designated St Patrick’s as the national cathedral for the whole of Ireland, drawing chapter members from each of the twelve dioceses of the Church of Ireland. The dean is the ordinary for the cathedral; this office has existed since 1219. The most famous office holder was Jonathan Swift.

There is almost no precedent for a two-cathedral city, and some believe it was intended that St Patrick’s, a secular (diocesan clergy who are not members of a religious order, i.e. under a rule and, therefore, “regular”) cathedral, would replace Christ Church, a cathedral managed by an order.

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