A Culwick Choral Christmas

We are delighted to announce our Christmas Concert at the National Concert Hall
on Monday December 11th, 2017 at 8pm
This year’s special work is Vaughan Williams’ ultimate homage to Christmas, The First Nowell,
which combines favourite carols for soloists, choir and orchestra in what proved to be the last music he wrote before he died in 1958.

A dramatic new year

Mendelssohn on Elijah:  “I imagined Elijah as a real prophet through and through, of the kind we could really do with today: Strong, zealous and, yes, even bad-tempered, angry and brooding—in contrast to the riff-raff, whether of the court or the people, and indeed in contrast to almost the whole world—and yet borne aloft as if on angels’ wings.”.

How about this for a taster of Elijah before our Spring Concert on April 9th in the National Concert Hall

 

‘Tis the Season

We are excited to celebrate Christmas with what will be a truly wonderful night at the National Concert Hall featuring special guest soprano Cara O’Sullivan on Monday Dec 5th at 8pm.

Also joining us for our jam-packed programme of seasonal music will be the Dublin Concert Band conducted by Fergus O’Carroll, the women and girls of the award-winning Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, and our own David O’Shea, organist and pianist. Our compère for the evening is the celebrated broadcaster Olivia O’Leary.

Amidst a bounty of familiar seasonal favourites, old and new, our highlight will be the first performance in Ireland of On Christmas Night, a beautiful Christmas cantata by the English composer Bob Chilcott. Written in 2011 for choir, chamber ensemble and organ, it’s based on a delightful sequence of eight carols and offers a charming celebration of the Christmas story.

Other highlights include the Christmas music from Handel’s Messiah, and sing-along Christmas carols and songs.

So snap up a ticket and join in our Christmas cheer!

 

Culture Night

What a wonderful night we had singing on Culture Night 16th September 2016! The venue for the performance was the magnificent neo-classical ballroom in the 18th century Powerscourt Townhouse, perfect for a concert.

Led by our award winning conductor Bernie Sherlock, and accompanied by Donal Dignam, we sang an amusing, moving and rousing programme of works, including witty songs and sonnets by William Shakespeare set to music with jazz influences by George Shearer, Irish airs including Oft in the Stilly Night, and Down by the Salley Gardens arranged by the late Edgar Deale, a longtime member of the choir, and the rousing Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah, all of which were received enthusiastically by the large audience in the ballroom. The programme was so successful we were asked to repeat to allow those queuing outside to come in and hear it.

We are very grateful to Mary Larkin of Powerscourt Townhouse for her work with our President, George McLellan, in organising the event.

Auditions

Auditions-Sign

  • COME JOIN US ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8th at 7.30pm
  • We sing fantastic BIG choral works – Messiah, Bach, Carmina Burana, Fauré, Mozart. You name it, we sing it and we love it!
  • Amazing conductor – Award-winning Bernie Sherlock at the helm. Can it get any better?
  • Central rehearsal location – Thursday evenings, Leeson Park, Dublin 6
  • Friendly ambiance, new friends
  • Fun-filled workshops with guest choral experts from groups like the King’s Singers and Swingle Singers
  • Watch your musicianship grow!
  • Email registrar@culwick.org

Premiering Panufnik

So it’s the 9th of May, the day after the night before … and oh what a night it was!

We have been working solidly for the past number of months in preparation for singing the Irish premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Westminster Mass. To say that this work presented a myriad of challenges is an understatement: it’s modern, it’s fast, it’s slow, it’s sometimes a capella, it’s dissonant but most importantly it’s truly magnificent.

Panufnik joined us and gave a great interview before we sang the work, you could sense the energy in the Concert Hall – from the first chime of the tubular bells in the Kyrie right through to the resounding Lamb of God, we really gave it our all. The standing ovation for Roxanna (and us!) reflected the triumph that this work is.

Premiering Panufnik was an honour – singing a work so modern and pairing it with Mozart pushed our comfort zones, stretched our limits and elevated our singing to an entirely new place. It was a magical night. We cannot wait to present our next programme … watch this space!

 

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