Singing in Dublin

As we near the end of October, so begins the rush of musical activity towards Christmas.  This year is by no means the most busy I’ve been, but I wanted to quantify (even if just for myself) all the upcoming performances over the next two months:

  • Thursday 1st November Mass for All Saints Day at Christ Church Cathedral
  • Friday 2nd November Fauré Requiem Concert with the Mornington Singers in Corpus Christi Church Drumcondra
  • Saturday 24th NovemberPillars of Heaven – the main winter concert for the Mornington Singers in Christ Church Cathedral
  • Sunday 2nd DecemberAdvent Procession – a beautiful candle-lit service of Advent carols in Christ Church Cathedral
  • Thursday 13th DecemberCathedral Choir Christmas Concert – always a very popular event in Christ Church Cathedral
  • Saturday 15th DecemberNoël! Christmas Concert – a selection of beautiful and well-loved Christmas Carols in Christ Church Cathedral
  • Sunday 16th December Five Lessons and Carols – a shorter version of the traditional carol service
  • Monday 17th DecemberNine Lessons and Carols – the official diocesan carol service – very popular and so free tickets required to get in
  • Monday 24th DecemberMidnight Mass
  • Tuesday 25th DecemberChristmas Day Eucharist

This list doesn’t even include the ‘normal’ services and rehearsals I have in between, so I’m sure I’ll be looking forward to a rest in the New Year!

St Ann’s Dawson Street – Choir Auditions

**The Church of Ireland parish of St Ann’s, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 are inviting singers of all parts to audition for the church choir.**
St Ann’s employs a professional chamber choir to sing it’s Sunday morning service. The choir sings a broad repertoire of traditional Anglican church music at the alternating Eucharist and Matins services on Sundays at 10.45am.
Ideal candidates will have experience of singing in a church choir, have a committed attitude towards the choir, have good sight-reading ability, and a voice that blends well in a small ensemble.
Auditions will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 21st March. Please contact the Director of Music, Charles Marshall, for details of the audition process and renumeration level.
Phone: 087 975 2017

Mornington Singers – Charity Christmas Concert

The Mornington Singers, the Dublin based award winning Chamber Choir and conductor Orla Flanagan are delighted this year to present their Christmas concert, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and other seasonal favourites:
– Praetorius-Sandstrom – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
– Tavener – The Lamb / God Is With Us
– Poston – Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
– Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium
– Maxwell Davies – O Magnum Mysterium
The concert will take place on Saturday 12th December at 8pm in the Pro-Cathedral Marlborough Street. Tickets are priced at €15 / €10 concessions. Tickets are available at the door.

Christmas Music

5.00pm, Sunday, 30th November
Advent Procession

Byrd Vigilate
Boles Adam lay y bounden
Piccolo Jesus Christ the apple tree
Goldschmidt A tender shoot
Parsons Ave Maria
Esquivel Veni Domine
Magnificat Noble in B minor
Weelkes Hosanna to the Son of David
Arr. Llewellyn Fum fum fum
Voluntary: Reger ‘Improvisation’; from Sonata No. 2 in D Minor
8.00pm, Wednesday, 10th December
Carols at Christ Church – Concert

4.00pm, Wednesday, 17th December
Live Broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3

Introit: Boles Adam Lay Ybounden
Walsh, Preces and Responses
Canticles: Howells Gloucester Service
Psalms 42, 43
Anthem: Maw Evening Hymn
Final anthem: Alan Smith There is No Rose
Voluntary: Durufle
3.30pm, Sunday, 21st December
Service of Lessons and Carols

arr. Parshall Enniscorthy Carol [IN IRISH]
Arr. Chilcott Gaudete
Bax (arr. Dawkes) There is no Rose
Tavener The Lamb
Palestrina O magnum mysterium
Arr. Chilcott Sussex carol
Walker Adam lay y bounden
Nelson Out of your sleep
Voluntary: Briggs Sortie on ‘In Dulci Jubilo’
8.00pm, Monday, 22nd December
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Walker Adam lay y bounden
arr. Parshall Enniscorthy Carol [IN IRISH]
Bax (arr. Dawkes) There is no Rose
S. Jackson Noel nouvelet
Nelson Out of your sleep
Tavener The Lamb
Arr. Chilcott Lully lulla
Warlock Bethlehem Down (arr.Hill)
Arr. Chilcott Gaudete
Arr. Chilcott Sussex carol
Handel And the glory
Arr. Hill Rocking
Tavener Christmas Proclamation
Voluntary: Briggs Sortie on ‘In Dulci Jubilo’

Rivelin Singers

Rivelin SingersGot home late last night from the singing week in Chester Cathedral, and have spent this evening uploading a few photos I took of the choir and cathedral itself.
It was an amazing week, singing all of the daily services in the cathedral, for the week 4th-10th August. We also received some really fantastic comments from the clergy and congregation; making us feel very welcome, and our efforts deeply appreciated.
On a personal note, I met some lovely people and made new friends. I’m just sorry the week had to come to an end. I guess I’ll just have to be patient and look forward to the next gathering of the Rivelin Singers.
Flickr album: Rivelin Singers – Chester Cathedral 2008