This trip took us right across Ireland from Belfast to Cork. In Northern Ireland we performed in the lovely acoustic of St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast (The Mass in G Minor by Vaughan Williams) and then gave a live broadcast on BBC Radio Three in honour of the 17th-century Caian Jeremy Taylor who was Bishop of Down and founded the Parish Church at Hillsborough.
The music was mostly from Taylor’s time with works by Blow and Purcell, though a new piece commissioned from young composer Joel Rust provided the dramatic anthem. A television performance for RTE was then recorded in Dublin, and we ended the tour in the lovely regions around Killarney and Cork, singing some arrangements of local folksongs.
Friday 5 July
Concert at St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast
Sunday 7 July
Morning Service at St George’s Church, Belfast
Evensong commemorating the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bishop Jeremy Taylor (Caian) at St Malachy’s Church, Hillsborough (recorded by BBC Radio 3).
Tuesday 9 July
Concert at Newman University Church, Dublin
Wednesday 10 July
RTÉ Dublin recording session
Thursday 11 July
Concert at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway
Friday 12 July
Concert at St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Killarney
Sunday 14 July
Concert at Ballinora Church, Cork