Ireland (July 2013)

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.

Rehearsal at St Peter's Belfast

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

Choir visits a ruined monastery

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