Jewels in Elizabeth's Crown

We finished our 2018/2019 season on 26 May with a beautiful selection of Elizabethan madrigals and partsongs in the intimate surroundings of the Unitarian Church on St. Stephen’s Green.

We are very grateful to all of our wonderful supporters who came out to share in what was a much more ‘stripped-back’ concert when compared to Verdi’s Requiem which had performed in the Olympia less than eight weeks earlier.

In case you missed this concert you will get the chance to hear most of these pieces when we perform in the Long Room of the Old Library in Trinity College on Culture Night on Friday 20 September.

In the meantime. here are some pictures from our summar concert. Credit goes to Ciarán Ó Gaora for them all.

Verdi's Requiem - That's a wrap!

Last night (Monday, 1 April) saw the culmination of months of hard work as Cantairí Avondale took to the stage with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, Co-Orch Dublin and soloists: Sandra Oman, Raphaela Mangan, David Howes and David Lynn to perform Verdi’s Requiem to a packed house all in aid of The Marie Keating Foundation.

All of this was performed under the steady baton of our Musical Director, John Doyle, in an atmosphere that was absolutely electric.

We are truly privileged to have had the chance to perform this amazing work with such talented performers.

Below is a selection of pictures from the performance.

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