Hot on the heels of our successful collaboration with the Dublin Male Voice Choir in St Anne’s Church, Dawson St, we donned our uniforms again the very next day, Sunday 7thJune, for the finale of a busy, exhausting and exhilarating year of amateur choral music at its best.
Once again, the massed voices of DMVC and the men’s chorus of Nás na Rí Singers provided a perfect foil for the voice of local mezzo-soprano Norah King in Brahms’ stunning and ever-popular Alto Rhapsody. Another highlight of the night was Stanford’s rousing song- cycle, Songs of the Fleet, with Nás na Rí singers and the mellifluous baritone voice of Jeffrey Ledwidge of Chamber Choir Ireland. We were delighted to present this charming, and challenging song-cycle which is rarely performed in Ireland.
Both choirs presented a selection of their own repertoire, under the leadership of Áine Mulvey, and supported as always by their wonderful accompanists, Annalisa Monticelli and Charles Marshall. Charles also treated us to a virtuoso organ solo on the newly restored organ of the Church of Our Lady and St David, performing St Patrick’s Breastplate from Stanford’s Sonata Celtica, showing the fabulous instrument off to its full capacity.
A special word of thanks to Marion Rackard who did a great job as master of ceremonies.
Both choirs repaired to Lawlor’s Hotel after the concert to toast their successes and bring a busy year to its conclusion.