Events

A Culwick Choral Christmas

We are delighted to announce our Christmas Concert at the National Concert Hall on December 11th, 2017 at 8pm

With special guests, mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty and baritone David Howes, the Culwick Choral Society presents an unmissable celebration of the season with carols, music and songs from across the ages. 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.

 Sharon Carty, Mezzo – soprano
 David Howes, Baritone  
The Culwick Choral Ensemble
 Bernie Sherlock , Conductor 
 David O’Shea,  Organ and piano

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The First Nowell.
Seasonal Carols and Partsongs.
Christmas Music from Messiah.
Singalong Carols.

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Mendelssohn’s Elijah

We were delighted to present Mendelssohn’s Elijah in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 9th April.

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Colette Boushell, soprano
Sharon Carty, mezzo-soprano
Julian Hubbard, tenor
Gavan Ring, bass-baritone
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Brona Fitzgerald, leader
Bernie Sherlock, conductor

Mendelssohn’s ever-popular dramatic re-telling of events from the life of the fiery prophet Elijah, brought us beautiful arias, uplifting choruses, and colourful orchestration. Led by bass Gavan Ring as Elijah and the Culwick under conductor Bernie Sherlock.

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‘Tis the Season

We were delighted to announce our Christmas Concert at the National Concert Hall on December 5th 2016 at 8pm

Our very special guests were soprano Cara O’Sullivan, plus the wonderful Dublin Concert Band and the renowned Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath. An unforgettable celebration of the season with music, songs and carols from across the ages, including On Christmas Night by Bob Chilcott, a sequence of 8 carols celebrating the Christmas story and combining tradition and invention.

Guest soprano Cara O’Sullivan
Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath
Dublin Concert Band, conductor Fergus O’Carroll
Conductor Bernie Sherlock
Organ and piano David O’Shea

Bob Chilcott: On Christmas Night
Seasonal Carols and Partsongs
Christmas Music from Messiah
Singalong carols

 

 

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We were delighted to present Mozart’s Requiem and the Irish premiere of Westminster Mass by English composer Roxanna Panufnik who was in attendance at the National Concert Hall on Sunday May 8th at 8pm.

Under the direction of conductor Bernie Sherlock, the Culwick Choral Society and orchestra was led by Brona Fitzgerald and joined by four leading soloists: soprano Claudia Boyle, mezzo-soprano Anne Marie Gibbons, tenor Owen Gilhooly and bass Gavan Ring.

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).

The Culwick Choral Society were tremendously honoured not only to present the long-awaited Irish premiere of Westminster Mass but also to do so in the presence of the composer.

Believing this work fully merited pairing with one of the greatest masterpieces of the choral repertoire, we completed the programme with a performance of Mozart’s Requiem.

 

 

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The Culwick Choral Society presented Handel’s Messiah

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Sat. March 19th, 2016 @ 8pm

A work of extraordinary power, Messiah is a perennial favourite in the Dublin calendar. For this performance in the lead-up to Easter, the Culwick Choral Society and conductor Bernie Sherlock were joined by a superb cast of soloists and accompanied by an Orchestra Ensemble and leader Brona Fitzgerald. The soloists were Maria McGrann (sop), Gina Oberoi (alto), Andrew Gavin (tenor) and Eoghan Desmond (bass).

The performance took place on Saturday, March 19th, in the magnificent setting of Christ Church Cathedral, a stone’s throw away from the site on Fishamble Street where Handel himself conducted the world premiere in 1742.

 

 

 

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CECILIA MCDOWALL: A WINTER’S NIGHT: CHRISTMAS CANTATA (IRISH PREMIERE)

We were delighted to celebrate the Coming of Christmas with a truly wonderful night, featuring our special guest, soprano Claudia Boyle, at the National Concert Hall on Monday Dec 7th 2015. We were also joined by Ireland’s leading brass ensemble, Dublin Brass, and by the delightful and award-winning St Brigid’s NS Choir and their inspiring director Niamh Williams, and by our own David O’Shea, organist and pianist.

Amidst all the familiar seasonal favourites, old and new, our centre-piece was an Irish premiere: the beautiful Christmas cantata A Winter’s Night by the English composer Cecilia McDowall who joined us in Dublin for the occasion. Written in 2014 for choir, brass, percussion and organ, it is a charming piece full of Christmas spirit that combines and weaves together several much-loved carols, all leading to a jubilant conclusion entirely fitting to the season that’s in it!

Other highlights included were the Christmas music from Messiah, “Walking in the Air” from The Snowman, and sing-along Christmas carols and songs, “Santa Baby” and much more – what a great night it was!

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We performed the magnificent Bach B Minor Mass in June 2015.

Why Lutheran J.S. Bach composed this massive-scaled Roman mass remains a mystery.

But whatever of mystery, the Mass in B Minor is a masterpiece and favourite, providing a profound experience to those singing it that transfers easily and movingly to the audience.

Fresh from our  performances of Handel’s Messiah and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle,  we were delighted to present an unmissable chance to hear this outstanding work, with an international team of soloists and leader Brona Fitzgerald.

Colette Boushell, soprano
Victoria Massey, alto
Eamonn Mulhall, tenor
Adrian Powter, bass
Brona Fitzgerald, leader
Bernie Sherlock, conductor

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By popular demand the Culwick was delighted to sing Messiah on March 21st 2015.

For this performance in the lead-up to Easter, the Culwick Choral Society and conductor Bernie Sherlock were joined by a superb cast of soloists and accompanied by the Culwick Ensemble and leader Brona Fitzgerald. Our soloists were Sarah Brady (sop), Victoria Massey (alto), Andrew Gavin (tenor) and Padraic Rowan (bass).

The performance took place on Saturday, March 21st, in the magnificent setting of Christ Church Cathedral, literally next-door to the site on Fishamble Street where Handel himself conducted the world premiere in 1742.

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