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!
Join us this Friday at 6.30pm in the spectacular Ballroom of Powerscourt Townhouse as we celebrate Culture Night 2016.
Our programme features the work of George Shearing and our own Edgar Deale plus a few choruses thrown-in for the night that’s in it!
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!
We are thrilled to announce that Roxanna Panufnik will be joining us as we perform the premiere of her Westminster Mass on May 8th at the National Concert Hall.
Come along to this not-to-be-missed Irish premiere.
Panufnik’s radiant and much-loved Westminster Mass was a 1998 commission for London’s Westminster Cathedral Choir to celebrate the 75th birthday of the late Cardinal Hume. His response upon hearing the music was to tell Panufnik – then still 29 years old – that she “pierced the clouds” between the congregation and God.
“Its combination of brilliance, charm and what you might call the ‘common touch’ bridged many of the boundaries that separate new music from a wider audience.” (Critic, Michael White).
“The Westminster Mass is extremely beautiful… here was something unarguably spiritual, something which forced you to take the entire proceedings seriously… passing dissonances resolve into consonant harmonies that break through like a shaft of light before they are resolved again…” (Tempo Magazine).
We are delighted to announce that in a few short weeks, we sing Handel’s Messiah!
Messiah is a favourite of the Culwick and, by popular demand, we perform it once again in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral at 8pm on Saturday March 19th next.
This year, we are joined by a wonderful array of young talented soloists – soprano Maria McGrann, alto Gina Oberoi, we welcome the return of tenor Andrew Gavin and Eoghan Desmond will sing bass on the night. The Culwick ensemble is led by Brona Fitzgerald and our award-winning conductor Bernie Sherlock will steer us through the Christ tale from start to finish.
Tickets are €20 and are available on the door, from any choir member or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve been out of hibernation for a few weeks now but still under our winter wraps – well no MORE!
Here’s a little teaser of what we’ve been up to since Christmas, what do you think? Do you recognise this stellar line-up of composers and musicians?
– watch this space folks – all will be revealed … soon!
Yes, we know it’s still only November but … we want you to get in the spirit of the season early!
On December 7th at the NCH, we’re premiering Cecilia McDowall’s A Winter’s Night Cantata and are delighted to announce that Cecilia will be joining us on the night.
So grab yourself a ticket for what’s sure to be a fun, festive start to the ‘silly season’!
To mark Remembrance Day we are singing the beautiful Fauré Requiem.
Come join us – Wednesday November 11th at 8pm
Sandford Parish Church, Ranelagh
Conductor, Bernie Sherlock
Organ, David O’Shea
with soloists soprano Aisling McCarthy and baritone Peter Manning
This is a FREE event – (with a retiring collection)
We’re delighted to be participating in this great event organised by the Association of Irish Choirs. What a good idea!
Learn wonderful music, workshop it with an expert (none other than ‘our’ Bernie!) and then perform it in the evening.