A Christmas Childhood on Culture File

On Christmas Eve RTÉ Lyric FM’s Culture File aired a special feature A Christmas Childhood, a new work by Tom Lane, commissioned by Cantairí Avondale and based on the poem by Patrick Kavanagh. Cantairí Avondale performed this work for the first time at our Christmas concerts on 16 December in the beautiful Pepper Cannister Church. You can listen to the podcast here.

Credit: Culture File/RTÉ Lyric FM

Christmas Concerts 2018

On Sunday 16 December, Cantairi Avondale performed two concerts in the environs of the beautiful St. Stephen’s Church (“The Pepper Cannister Church”) in Dublin 2.

The performances featured the premiere of A Christmas Childhood, a new work by Tom Lane, commissioned by Cantairí Avondale and based on the poem by Patrick Kavanagh. Lyric FM will be doing a feature on this work on Christmas Eve at 6.05pm, so be sure to tune in.

Thank you to all of you who joined us to make the concerts so very special and to really kick start the Christmas season.

Below is a selection of photos from the concerts.

Summer Concert 2018

Our 2018 Summer Concert was held in Belfield Chapel, UCD on Sunday, May 13th. Our programme included:

  • Brahms’ Deutsche Volkslieder Nr. 1-14 (a cycle of secular choruses, the first having been composed by Brahms as a young man with the later ones representing those composed by him towards the end of his life);

  • Bach’s Jesu meine Freude; and

  • Tom Lane's composition based on a passage from St John's Gospel translated into Irish entitled Mar Bhí Grá Dé Don Domhan Chomh Mór Sin.

Here are some pictures taking during our concert

Christmas Charity Donations

 

 

Cantairí Avondale has supported local charities over the years with proceeds from our concerts. Following the 2017 Christmas concert, we were delighted  to make donations to St. Vincent De Paul - Ozanam  House, Capuchin Day Centre and Irish Guide Dogs. Pictured below is Ros our chairperson presenting a donation to tenor (and soloist) Andy Green and his dog Nico. Andy, when thanking his fellow choir members, emphasised the importance of supporting the organisation in their work of training assistance dogs. We are more than happy to do so when we can.

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