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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