Longford County Choir commemorate 1916 centenary

Concert in St Mel's Cathedral on May 22

Longford County Choir commemorate 1916 centenary

Longford County Choir is busily making preparations for their next big performance; and what an evening they have in store.

The choir will once again perform in the beautiful setting of St Mel’s Cathedral on Sunday, May 22 at 8pm.

To mark the commemoration of 1916, a repertoire of very poignant, moving and appropriate choral music has been chosen which is sure to delight and inspire those in attendance.

The main work of the evening will be a performance of Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace.’ This powerful and inspiring choral piece was composed to mark the millennium in 2000 and has since been performed over 1,000 times in more than 20 different countries. The work is spectacular in its entirety but the haunting ‘Benedictus’ will undoubtedly captivate the audience. Jenkins’ writing for soulful cello is sublime and together with the choral accompaniment this piece will transport you to another place.

The choir have been working hard over the last few months to perfect the sound of this uplifting work under the expert guidance and support of their dedicated Musical Director Fintan Farrelly. With the addition of the orchestra on the evening it will certainly be something special.

As well as this wonderful choral work, the programme will also include a selection of favourites such as 'Mascagni’s Easter Hymn' and Mozart’s 'Laudate Dominum'. The audience will be treated to the wonderful voice of Irish soprano, Claudia Boyle, who won the 2012 Maria Callas Grand Prix, and has since then starred at the opera houses of Rome, Denmark, Dresden and Berlin. She is making her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut later this month. What a treat to have the chance to hear her perform live in our own St Mel’s Cathedral.

The evening will also see the historic premiere of an important and unique new work. This beautiful piece has been specially commissioned by the choir to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising and was composed by singer, composer and musician Conor O’Reilly.

Conor, who has links with Longford, based the piece on the text of the Easter Rising poem 'Wishes For My Son, Born On St Cecilia's Day, 1912' by Thomas MacDonagh. The words evoke such strong emotions when we think of when and for whom it was written and Conor has captured these feelings beautifully in this original composition.

The choir is delighted to have had this opportunity to work with such a talent. They are also hugely grateful to Longford County Council who provided them with a grant to commission this new piece.

The beauty of St Mel’s Cathedral and its splendid acoustics beckons for what is promised to be a moving and unforgettable evening.

The concert will offer something unique to all who attend and is sure to be an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend a summer’s evening.

Tickets are €10 and are available from the Presbytery, Farrell/Coy’s, Dennistons and any member of the choir