Drogheda There will be a Nightfever event in Drogheda on Sat 20 Dec,
4.30 to 6 pm, followed by a Youth Mass at 6.15 pm. There will be music,
prayer, reflection, adoration and reconciliation. Venue is St Peter's
Church, West St. More info here.
Alessandro Concert Italian
singer Friar Alessandro whose album Voices of Joy is a best seller
will perform a charity concert in Dublin on Sun Dec 14th - an afternoon
concert in The Church of Adam and Eve, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin, doors
open 3.30 pm, concert 4.30 pm. Adm 20 Euro. The supporting musicians at
Friar Alessandro's concert will be Marina Cassidy, harpist and singer
and organist Sr Anne O’Flanagan, a Mercy Sister. In 2011 Marina was made
a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and singers in the UK. More info here,
and booking here.
Crackers at NCH - Lunchtime Concert At the National Concert Hall - Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’
Choir Blánaid Murphy (conductor) Darren Magee (accompanist) Favourite
carols and seasonal music featuring all the traditional favourites and
with audience participation. Presented by Saint Mary's Pro-Cathedral Girls'
WEd 10 Dec John Field Room Prices: €15 (Concessions €12). More info and
Bethlehem Sky Tour Liam
Lawton is touring this December with his Bethlehem Sky album: Dec 5th
– St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington Tickets: 086 4151770 / 087 9210559
/ 087 9580558; Dec 7th – (Guesting) @ All Hallows College, Dublin in aid
of Child Vision: Tickets 01 8373635 Dec 8th – St Josephs Monastery, Dundalk
Tickets: 042 9334042; Dec 9th – St Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick
Tickets: 087-9461193 / 087-9735794 Dec 10th – Balor Theatre, Ballybofey,
Co Donegal Tickets: (074) 913 1840 Dec 12th – Ramour Theatre, Virginia
Tickets: (049) 854 7074; Dec 15th – Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Tickets: (066)
712 3055; Dec 16th – St Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner street, Dublin
Tickets: 01 8363411; Dec 18th – Glor Theatre Ennis Tickets: 065 684 3103;
Dec 20th – The Source Arts Centre, Thurles Tickets: (0504) 90204; Dec
21st- (Guesting) @ St. Patricks Chapel Dungannon, Tyrone Tickets: 077562
10298; Dec 22nd – Holy Trinity Church, Rathdowney, Co. Laois SOLD OUT
Dublin and Cork Nightfever is a street outreach initiative featuring music,
prayer, Eucharistic adoration, reflection and reconciliation. There will
be a Nightfever event in Clarendon St Dublin 2 on Saturday 6 December
starting after 6 pm Mass and finishing at 11 pm. There will also be a
Nightfever event, also on Sat 6th in Cork at St Francis Church, Liberty
St, from after 6.30 pm Mass until 10.30 pm. Facebook page here.
Sat 13 December Eugene McCaffrey of the Avila team will present a day
exploring the poetry of St John of the Cross at Avila Retreat Centre Donnybrook,
Dublin 4. Cost is 15 Euro - info and booking info is here.
Sky Concert with Liam
Lawton; Gardiner St Church, Dec 16th at 8 pm. Tickets on sale for €10
at the Parish Office, the Pro-Cathedral Office, and Friends of the Elderly,
Bolton St. Postal bookings may be made to St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner
St, Dublin 1, enclosing €10 per ticket and return address. After expenses,
all proceeds go to Friends of the Elderly. A beautiful evening to prepare
for Christmas is promised, and a chance to join with Liam and his support
in Christmas carols, and will be mainly by candle-light.
Christmas' is a concert to be held in St Patrick's Church, Dungannon,
on Sun 21st December at 7.45 pm. It will feature Liam Lawton, Karl McGuckin
and Fra Fee with St Malachy's Edendork Youth Choir. Tickets 15 Euro. Booking
and more info here.
presents their Christmas Choral Concert with guest soprano Kathleen Nic
Dhiarmada in St Mary's Church, Haymarket, Carlow on Sunday 13th December
at 8 pm. Tickets 10 Euro from choir members and Lamberts newsagents, Dublin
Advent and the Arts There
will be a series of reflection nights in December combining the arts and
Advent themes - with music, poetry, film clips and visual arts. This is
organised by ACE, the Alliance for Catholic Education (an outreach of
Notre Dame University, USA) and presented by Brendan O'Regan (editor Faitharts).
Dates are Thursdays Dec 4th, 11th and 18th at 7.30 pm in O'Connell House
58 Merrion Square. Reflection time will be followed by refreshments and
chat at 8.30 pm. Anyone interested please email email@example.com
A new Facebook page has been set up to highlight Advent resources and
events. Clicking 'like' will ensure you'll be kept informed. It is available
The acclaimed choir Fuaimlaoi will perform in Our Lady of the Rosary Church,
Harold's Cross on Sunday 30th November at 7:00pm. Tickets are €10 and
will be available at the door. Fuaimlaoi regularly sings at Mass in Clarendon
St, Dublin, and is directed by composer Ronan McDonagh.
Ruth Trimble Concert
Belfast singer-songwriter Ruth Trimble will perform a concert in the Arklow
Bay Hotel on Tuesday 25 November at 8.30 pm. She has released two albums
so far including a Christmas album and this concert will have a Christmas
flavour. Her music often features Christian themes. She has recently toured
with Clannad, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Kimmie Rhodes, and has featured
with Chapman on BBC's Songs of Praise.
Abbey Christmas CD
Due for release Nov 10th is Christmas at Downton Abbey, a double
CD of Christmas music from among others Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson,
Libera, Elizabeth McGovern and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.
More info at Amazon.
Gospel Choir Events
The Dublin Gospel Choir will perform at the following events in November:09
Nov at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels, Church Street,
Dublin 7 15 Nov at 8pm Night of Soul, St. Martin Church, Aylesbury 23
Nov at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels, Church Street,
Messiah at the NCH Coming up on Wed 10th, Thurs 11th and
Fri 12th December at the National Concert Hall - Handel's Messiah. Our
Lady’s Choral Society and the RTE Concert Orchestra with Proinnsias O
Duinn and world class soloists present the ‘definitive’ performance of
Handel’s Messiah at the National Concert Hall. Booking here.
Nielsen Chapman Sept Irish Tour US singer-songwriter, who includes spiritual
material in her repertoire is returning to Ireland in Sept for a short
tour: Thurs 25 Sept Galway, The Black Box Dyke Road. Venue phone: +353
91 569 777. Fri 26 Sept Killarney, INEC Muckross Road. Venue phone: +353
64 667 1555. Sat 27 Sept Dublin, Whelans 25 Wexford Streed. Venue phone:
+353 (0)1 478 0766.
Gospel Choir The
world reknowned Harlem Gospel Choir will perform at the Everyman Theatre
in Cork on Sunday 16 Nov 2014 at 8 pm. Formed in 1988 they have performed
for Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II, and recorded with Lionel Ritchie
and the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, and Isaac Hayes. Booking
and info here.
Lawton has plenty of concert dates from now until Christmas - details
as follows: Nov 30th – Sacred Heart Church, Barraduff Tickets: 087 2707899
Dec 9th – St Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick Tickets: 087-9461193 /
087-9735794 Dec 10th – Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal Tickets:
(074) 913 1840 Dec 12th – Ramour Theatre, Virginia Tickets: (049) 854
7074 Dec 15th – Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Tickets: (066) 712 3055 Dec 16th –
St Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner street, Dublin Tickets: 01 8363411
Dec 18th – Glor Theatre Ennis Tickets: 065 684 3103 Dec 22nd – Trinity
Church – Rathdowney SOLD OUT… -
Re-Dedication Organ re-dedication event at St Patrick's Church, Lisburn,
Fri Nov 21st 7 pm. Guest artistes include: Jean Paul Lecot (world renowned
French organist) Liam Lawton Singing Priest(s) Scola Cantorum- Lisburn
Community Choir St. Patrick’s Church Choir and other acclaimed musicians.
Compere for the evening: Frank Mitchell (UTV & U105) Tickets £5 each available
at Parish Office (maximum 4 tickets per person please). Proceeds to St.
Vincent de Paul Society. Contact Parish Office to book (028 92660206)
Naas Parish - An Advent night of prayer, music and scripture for young
adults (16+) will take place on Friday 28th November 2014 in Ballycane
Church at 8pm. All welcome and please spread the word.
Marie Dunne CHFwill direct the St John of God Choir and solo guests at
concert in memory of Ebola heroes - the Brothers of St John of God and
their staff that have remained at the St John of God Catholic Hospital
in Lunsar and the St John of God Community Health Centre in Lungi in Sierra
Leone. This will be on Thurs Nov 27th at 7.30 pm in Terenure College.
more information here.
Canadian Christian band Newworldson will perform a concert on Thursday
6 November at The Strand Belfast, Belfast. The band has been nominated
several times for Juno awards and their style is Gospel, funk, soul and
more. More information and booking here.
Elijah Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ is the favourite
oratorio of many music lovers. Mendelssohn, inspired by the text of the
dramatic biblical account of the prophet Elijah in the Book of Kings,
captured the contrasting surges of drama and magnificent calm in the story
through his composition of this beautiful music. Presented by Our Lady's
Choral Society. National Concert Hall, Dublin, Wed 5th November 8 pm.
Booking and more info here.
for Simon Remember
the 'Soundings' poetry anthology? 'Soundings for Simon', at The Central
Hotel Wicklow Street Monday 17th November 7.30pm is an Evening of Poetry
and Nostalgia to raise funding For Dublin Simon Community. Poets reading
from their school days and responding from their own work include Augustinian
priest Padraig J Daly and special guests Moya Cannon, Catherine Phil McCarthy,
Seamus Cashman Tom Conaty and Maggie O'Dwyer among others.
Workshop Liam Lawton will present a workshop on
his newly released collection ‘Eternal’ on Wednesday 15 October (7.45pm-9.45pm)
in Clonliffe College. The €10 workshop fee will include a music book which
contains full accompaniment and choral parts. CDs will also be available
for sale on the night. Early booking is recommended to ensure that a sufficient
number of books will be available on the night. Contact Grainne – Liturgy
Resource Centre - at 01 8087554
Messiah Handel's Messiah will be performed on
Sat 29th November for the start of the Church year. Choirs from Dublin
Diocese will be involved, and amateur singers are invited to participate.
Director will be Blanaid Murphy, and the Orchestra of St Cecilia will
also be involved. Rehearsals will begin in All Hallows chapel Drumcondra
on Thurs 9th Oct at 7.15 pm. Those registering will pay 50 Euro. Contact
Kavanagh Patrick Kavanagh’s Theology of the Common
Place - This day will explore the essence of Kavanagh’s faith which was
often more hinted at than given full expression. It is the lyrical strength
of his poetry that carries his spiritual conviction and lures us almost
unbeknownst into hints of a mystical interiority. He always ensures, however,
that his feet and ours are firmly planted on the earth, preferably in
muck or even cow-dung. Date: 30 October. Venue An Tairseach, Wicklow,
Presenter: Úna Agnew Time: 9.30 – 4.00 pm Cost: €50 (includes conference,
full meal, teas/coffees) Booking Fee: €20. Contact Phone: 00353 404 61833
Fax: 00353 404 65054 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Night There are plenty of religious events
for Culture Night 19th Sept. All details at www.culturenight.ie
- check out your own area, too many to list here!
More dates have been added to the Beth Nielsen Chapman tour - Sat 20th
Sept Royal Theatre Castlebar (click here
for info and booking) and Wed 24th Sept in the Set Theatre Kilkenny (see
for info and booking). See news item below or pic for the rest of her
dates. Chapman includes some spiritual material at her concerts and will
be supported on the tour by Ruth Trimble from Belfast, whose albums also
feature spiritual material.
Night at Wexford Opera Festival Commissioned
by Minnesota Opera, Silent Night was first performed in 2011 to
great critical acclaim and in 2012 won Kevin Puts a Pulitzer Prize. The
opera’s multilingual libretto (by Mark Campbell) was inspired by the 2005
film Joyeux Noël, about the spontaneous Christmas truce between enemy
combatants during the First World War. Its core message is that war is
not sustainable when you come to know your enemy as a person. Kevin Puts,
from St Louis, Missouri, is regarded as one of the most important composers
of his generation. Silent Night, his first opera, tells the stories of
French, German and Scottish soldiers who find themselves caught up in
the war, and who rediscover their humanity as they lay down their weapons
and sing messages of peace. 24
October performance now SOLD OUT! Seats still available for 27 October
8pm, 30 October 8pm, and 2 November 5pm! Early booking advised. Venue:
House. Booking and more info here.
Lawton Workshop Liam
Lawton will present a workshop on his newly released collection ‘Eternal’
on Wednesday 15 October (7.45 p.m. – 9.45 p.m.) in Clonliffe College.
One of the many popular pieces in this varied collection is ‘Holy Ground’
which was written for the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Denis Nulty of
Kildare and Leighlin last year. The €10 workshop fee will include a copy
of the music book which contains full accompaniment and choral parts.
Copies of the CD will also be available for sale on the night. Early booking
is recommended in order that a sufficient number of books will be available
on the night. Forms are vailable in the download section at http://litmus.dublindiocese.ie/
on War and Peace War and Peace A Service of Prayer, Music
and Reflection on the theme of ‘War and Peace’ will take place in the
Monastery of St. Alphonsus, St. Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra on Monday 13
October 2014 at 8.00 p.m. This is an opportunity to reflect prayerfully
on the many conflicts in the world today and the challenge of those who
follow Christ to be ‘instruments of peace’. The liturgy will be presented
by the 3rd year Students of Mater Dei Institute of Education and the music
will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.
More info: http://litmus.dublindiocese.ie/
and Religious Education Courses There will be a course on using Film
in RE in Blackrock Education Centre on Thurs 25 Sept 7 pm to 9 pm. The
course will feature a variety of approaches to using film in the teaching
of RE, e.g. in classes on search for meaning, images of God and more.
Plenty of practical examples will be used, with suggestions on sourcing
relevant films and clips. Booking here.
The same course is planned for Co. Wexford Education Centre in Enniscorthy
for early October, details will be posted here as soon as available, and
will be available at the centre's
Jesus Youth Ireland presents a series of inspiring concerts by Rexband,
one of most exciting contemporary Catholic bands. It takes its name from
Christus Rex – Christ the King. With its vibrant, electric and dynamic
message, the band celebrates the presence of Jesus, the King of Kings.
The two hour concert involves live performance, integrating the best of
music, theater and choreography. Musical styles range from ethnic Indian,
to slow rock, hip hop and reggae. Irish tour: Cork Opera House Fri Oct
10th 7 pm, Helix Dublin Sat Oct 11th and Sun Oct 12th, both 6 pm. Booking
at respective venues.
The National RE Congress for 2014, takes place on Sunday 18 Oct in the
Mater Dei Institute, Dublin 9. Workshops include 'Godly Play' for Primary
teachers and 'Teach, Pray, Love' a liturgical music workshop. Full details
on all workshops and booking here: www.recongress.ie
29/8/14 - early bird booking extended to Thurs Sept 4th]
and Spirituality Conference Arts and Spirituality Ireland Conference 18 Oct:
The Artist as Seer: Dreamer of Dreams. Saturday 18 October at the
Chester Beatty Library from 10 am to 2:30pm. The time is inclusive of registration,
the conference session and lunch at the Silk Road Cafe in the Library. Conference
speakers: Maria Simonds-Gooding, member of Aosdana and the Royal Hibernian
Academy Dublin where a retrospective exhibition of her work will being held
from 5 September to 26 October; Arthur Duff, architect and designer at Duff-Tisdall/The
Malthouse Design Centre and President, Friends of the National Collections
of Ireland (FNCI); Michael Conway, Professor of Faith and Culture at St.
Patrick's College Maynooth and Director of the Irish Centre for Faith and
Culture; Una Agnew, Associate Professor Emerita at Milltown Institute, Dublin
and author of The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh: A Buttonhole
Knockadoon The Knockadoon Music and Liturgy course (Cork)
takes place this year August 10th to Aug 16th. Musical director is Ian
Callanan and Course Director Aisling Reigh. The theme is 'Voices for Faith'
and application forms are available now. All info and booking here: http://www.knockadoon.net/
The Youth 2000 Summer Festival will take place Aug
14th to 17th in the Cistercian College Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Information,
booking, free busses here: http://www.youth2000.ie/
Rising Festival Next year's Gospel Rising Festival will
be in Limerick, 9th-11th May 2014. Gospel Rising Music Festival is a social,
fun and energetic gospel music festival featuring workshops and gigs while
showcasing Ireland’s many gospel choir music styles. More details: http://gospelrising.com/
Collective Concert The
Rend Collective, a Christian Rock Band from Northern Ireland, will play
a concert in Whelans, Dublin, on Wednesday 14th May 2014. Recently they
gained a No. 1 hit on the iTunes Gospel Music charts. Tickets are Eur
13.50. More info and booking here.
about Hugh O'Flaherty 'God
Has No Country' is Donal Courtney's one-man play about the life and times
of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a priest from Kerry who helped people escape
from the Nazis in Rome during World War 2. It will be performed in the
Conary Arts Centre near Avoca, Co. Wicklow on Tues 27th May. Conary Arts
Facebook page here.
[Postponed until Autumn 2014]
Music Summer School
The Irish Church Music Association will hold its summer school, with the
theme 'The Joy of the Gospel', from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th July 2014.
Venue as usual will be St Patrick's College, Maynooth, and guest director
will be David Saint from Birmingham. For more details contact the National
Centre for Liturgy at 01-7083478 or web: www.irishchurchmusicassociation.com.
Kavanagh Course 'Patrick
Kavanagh's Theology of the Commonplace' is the title of a course directed
by Una Agnew and Teresa Devine, 25 May-30 May in An Tairseach Dominican
Farm and Ecolgy Centre, Wicklow. Phone 0404-61833. email@example.com
Blind Boys of Alabama The
Blind Boys of Alabama return to Cork Opera House on Tuesday 20th May at
8 pm.The Blind Boys of Alabama are living legends of
gospel music. Winning five Grammy Awards and four Gospel Music awards
since the year 2000 alone, they have attained the highest levels of achievement
in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing.
Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for
their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel
favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters
such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits.
Info and booking here.
Week Arts Events 'Together in One Place' is the theme for the
Ecumenical Bible Week which runs June 8th to June 15th in various churches
in Dublin, Leixlip and Arklow. Many arts related events are included:
'Bible and Film' Presbyterian Church Arklow Mon 9th June 8 pm; Zion Parish
Hall, Bushy Park, Rathgar Tues 10th June 8 pm; Whitehall Parish Church,
Dublin 9 Wed 11th June 7.30 pm; Methodist Church Hall Tallaght 7.30 pm;
Our Lady's Nativity Parish Centre, Leixlip Fri 13th June. These will be
presented by David Shepherd, Loyola Institute TCD or Frank Brown, Pastoral
Worker from Rathmines. Also there are presentations on "The Bible
and Music' with composer Ian Callanan: Whitehall Parish Mon 9th June 7.30
pm; Arklow Methodist Church Tues 10th June 8 pm; Our Lady's Nativity Centre
Leixlip Wed 11th June 7.30 pm; Zion Parish Hall Rathgar Thurs 12th June
and Methodist Church Hall Tallaght Fri 13th June 7.30 pm. For more info
and updates: www.bibleweek.ie
Song for South Sudan
An evening of music in aid of the Holy Faith Sisters'
Mission in South Sudan will be presented by liturgical composer Sr Marie
Dunne CHF on Fri 13th June at 7.30 pm at St Oliver Plunkett's Parish Church,
Finglas, featuring the St John of God Choir and friends, incl Patricia
Bourke D'Souza, Alan Hynes and Linda Ledwidge. Suggested donation 10 Euro.
Tickets from 087-2370221 or 01-7979364.
Beth Nielsen Chapman returns to Ireland in Sept. Playing Whelans Sat 27th.
More info and booking here.
Organ The organ at the chapel of St Patrick's
College Maynooth has been restored, and to mark this there will be a seies
of high-profile recitals: The first recital will be given by the world
famous organist, Oliver Latry of Notre Dame, Paris on Sunday, 27 April
at 4pm. Subsequent recitals will take place on: - Sunday, 4 May at 4pm,
given by James O’Donnell (Westminster Abbey, London); - Sunday, 11 May
at 8pm, given by John O’Keeffe (Director of Sacred Music, Maynooth) in
association with University Chamber Choir; - Sunday, 18 May at 4pm by
Professor Gerard Gillen (Pro-Cathedral, Dublin and Emeritus Professor
NUIM). More info here.
Song Let Us Rejoice
A celebraion of the Easter Season in song, word and prayer will take place
in the Monastery of Saint Alphonsus on Monday 19 May 2014 at 8.00 p.m.
Liturgical Music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.
Card Concert Renowned
US contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter Michael Card will be
in concert in Dublin on Friday 6th June at Liberty Hall Theatre, Eden
Quay, Dublin 1. Card has released numerous albums, many of them scripture
based. These include The Life an album on the life of Christ, Starkindler
an album of Celtic hymns, The Promise, a Christmas album, and
Sleep Sound in Jesus an album of Christian lullabies. Card has
also recorded an album of duets with John Michael Talbot, Brother to
Brother. This Dublin concert is hosted by the Nazareth Community and
Spirit Radio. Ordinary tickets are €12.50, with VIP tickets (incl
a chance to meet Michael Card) at €20. Booking here.
Redman and Matt Maher The two Matts, both well known in Christian
music circles will be in concert at the Button Factory Dublin on Wed 21st
May. Doors open 7 pm. More info and booking here.
Matt Redman is UK based, while Matt Maher is one of the most prominent
singer-songwriters on the contemporary Catholic music scene in USA and
performed at World Youth Day. They will be at Ulster Hall, Belfast, May
May the IFI is running a season of Ken Loach films. Included is Raining
Stones, a poignant, funny and serious film about a working man trying
to fund his daughter's first communion. There are several useful senes
for RE - one where the father tries to explain Eucharist to the daughter,
a scene where he visits his priest (Tom Hickey, excellent) who doesn't
want him to feel he has to spend too much money, and a deadly serious
Confession scene near the end. Showtime: Sun 25th May 4 pm. More info
and booking here: http://www.ifi.ie/film/raining-stones/
Latest list of Liam Lawton concerts: MAY 16th Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey
TICKETS: 074 9131840 JUNE 1st St Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan TICKETS:
047 81220 JUNE 6th Tramway Theatre, Blessington TICKETS: 087 6793159 JUNE
13th Church of the Assumption, Kentstown, Navan TICKETS: Tel:041 9825458
Minor Mass There will be a performance of Bach's
Mass in B Minor in Dublin's Pro-Cathedral on Sat May 24th at 8 pm. Conductor
is Blanaid Murphy, soloists include Cara O'Sullivan, Sharon Carty, Jacek
Wislocki and Owen Gilhooly. Also taking part will be the Dublin Bach Singers
and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. Tickets 25 Euro from the Parish Office
01-8745441 or at the door. Facebook event page here.
2014 Details of next year's Emmanuel event
for school choirs have been sent to schools. Emmanuel is back in the Helix
Theatre again on Tue 4/Wed 5/Thu 6 March 2014 and the music book is
now going to print with a completely new programme. The in-service workshops
for teachers will take place on Tuesday 24 September in Gort Mhuire, Dundrum
and on Wednesday 25 September in Clonliffe College from 1.30-4.00 p.m.
- booking form is enclosed. In 2013 2100 secondary students from 60 schools
all over the Dublin Diocese sang their hearts out in the Helix for the
'Emmanuel Live' Concerts in February. The concerts are run by the Liturgy
Resource Centre of the Dublin Diocese and are unique in Ireland with thousands
of children between the ages of 12 and 17 all singing Church music, live
in front of a full orchestra. The programme began with a pilot project
in 2004 for about 350 students and took place in the National Concert
Hall. Because of the large numbers now involved the Helix has been the
venue for this annual church music festival since 2008. There is a range
of liturgical music styles in the programme and this year's theme celebrated
the Year of Faith and 40 years of Trocaire.
Nielsen Chapman Concerts US
singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will play some concerts in Ireland
in April and May. Chapman has recorded some spiritual albums as well as
contemporary, reflective and country albums. Dates: 25 April Hawkswell
Theatre, Sligo; April 27th Grand Opera House Belfast; May 1st - Arklow
Bay Hotel, Co. Wicklow. Her latest album, Uncovered, hasher
own recordings of songs she wrote for other singers, including the song
'Pray' which also features gospel singer Amy Grant and virtuoso guitarist
Glass and Theology 'Stained
Glass and Theology: The Clarke
Studios Collection' is the title of a lecture given by Dr Marta Bustillo,
on Wed 30th April at 7.30 pm. Venue is Lecture Theatre G16 at the Loyola
Institute, Trinity College Dublin. Adm free.
Ministries have a concert on Holy Thursday 17 April at 8 pm in the
Emmaus Retreat Centre, Ennis Lane, Lissenhall, Swords,
Gospel Choir at Button Factory DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR will give a concert
on Friday April 11 in the Button Factory, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Tickets
for this very special event are on sale from ticketmaster and tickets.ie
and priced at €17. Doors open 7.30 pm.
Fever Back in Dublin
Night Fever returns to Clarendon St Church Dublin 2 (off Grafton St) on
Sat 12 April, following 6 pm Mass. This is a night of prayer, music and
street outreach. More info on Facebook.
[added 10/4/14: music for the 6 o'c Mass
that evening will be provided by contemporary liturgical music group Fuaimloai
directoed by composer Ronan McDonagh]
and the Cinema
'Lights, Camera, Deluge - Noah in the Cinema' is the title of a talk by
David Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Trinity College Dublin.
It's an illustrated lecture on the depciction of the deluge on film, from
the advent of cinema to Aronofsky's latest film Noah. It's on 11th
of April at 7:30 at the Long Room Hub at Trinity and includes a drinks
Nuove choir from Cork will perform a concert in the Unitarian church
St Stephen's Green in Dublin on Saturday April 5th at 8 pm. The choir's
repertoire is varied but features much spiritual/liturgical music. The
choir won the international section in the recent City of Derry Choral
The next Night Fever event - music, prayer, streeet outreach, takes place
at The Friary in School St, Wexford, on Sat 29th March. It starts after
the 7.30 pm Mass and runs until midnight.
and Faith The
Bill Casey Lecture Series - Seamus Heaney and Catholicism - Prof
Eamon Duffy, 7.30pm Wednesday March 19th; Name and Nature: Who do you
say that I am? - John F. Deane, 7.30pm Wednesday March 26th; The
Way Up and the Way Down: Two Paths to Poetry, Art and Divinity James
Harpur, 7.30pm Wednesday April 2nd. Venue: Lecture Theatre G16 The Irish
School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute Building Trinity College Dublin.
Admission is free. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For the location on campus see the map at www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute
Gospel Group Touring US
Gospel group The Isaacs
will be touring Northern Ireland in late March -
Mon. 24th Mar.: Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 7.00 p.m.
Tues. 25th: Craigavon Civic Centre, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, 7.00 p.m. Wed.
26th: The Spires Centre, Belfast, 7.00 p.m.
is anew initiative of the Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe to promote
liturgical music in second-level schools in the two dioceses. The aim
of the programme is to provide RE departments with a resource of liturgical
music for use at various school celebrations and by extension it teaches
and promotes good liturgical music which will be of benefit to parishes.
The programme is directed by Ian Callanan, one of Ireland’s leading composers
of liturgical music. RE teachers and students are being invited to learn
new liturgical music and to participate in an exciting concert in the
UL Concert Hall with a full orchestra on Thursday, 3rd April 2014! More
info at www.seinn.ie
The Italian Franciscan tenor Friar Alessandro will tour Ireland in March
- Mon March 17th 7.30 pm at Merchant's Quay Friary Church; Fri March 21st
7.30 pm Galway Cathedral; Sat 22nd March 7.30 pm in St Francis' Friary
Church Cork. More info and booking details here.
Discovery Gospel Choir
The multicultural Discovery
Gospel Choir is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a concert at
Christchurch Cathedral Dublin on Sat March 15th at 8 pm. Tickets from
entertainment.ie, limited number on door.
the Mass Monday
March 10th @ 7pm This wonderful opportunity has been arranged by The Irish
Church Music Association in conjunction with Le Chéile; here are the full
details: Sing the Mass: Music for use in Schools and Parish, March 10th
2014, Time: 5pm – 7pm, Venue: Avila Carmelite Centre, Bllomfield Ave,
Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Presenters: Karen O’Donovan and Ciaran Coll. This
workshop is for teachers of Music, Religious Education and students who
are involved with liturgical music in schools. The workshop will present
four Mass settings that are being used in parishes around the country
which were specially commissioned for the introduction of the new translation
of the Mass. Participants will also be presented with four psalm settings
appropriate for use during the academic year. This workshop is being offered
free of charge as it is being run in conjunction with the Irish Church
Music Association and Le Chéile Schools Trust Further details can be obtained
from Fr. Turlough Baxter: email@example.com
March 28th @ 6pm - This event returns for a fourth occasion in Clonliffe;
here are the full details: Faithfest 4 which is on Friday 28th March in
Clonliffe College from 6-9:30pm. Open for all at secondary school age.
Faithfest is an event for teenagers. It’s a place where you can meet and
talk with other young people from all over Dublin exploring faith and
life in a fun and creative way. Elements of FaithFest include – Fun, Music,
Prayer, Creative Workshops, Chat 'n' Chill. Bring €2, wear something BLUE,
a coat & warm jumper and like us on www.Facebook.com/faithfest4teens
. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org
next Night Fever in Galway is this Saturday 1st of March after the 7.30
pm mass in the Franciscan Abbey church. This is a night of music, prayer,
adoration, reconciliation and street outreach. Next Dublin event (in Clarendon
St) Sat 12 April.
Open Day Elation
Ministries are holding an open day on Saturday 1st March 11.30 am
to 5 pm at St Mary's Bloomfield Ave, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Elation is
a popular music ministry and invites along anyone who wishes to know more
about their work.
Updates This year’s Emmanuel Concerts at theHelix
will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday 4, 5 and 6 March (note
early starting time of 7.30 p.m.) Over 2,000 second level students (approx
700 per night) from 63 schools ranging from Arklow to Balbriggan and Clondalkin
to Dalkey around the Diocese will sing their hearts out in the Helix in
front of an orchestra. Tickets this year are only €10 . Booking here
or 01 700 7000.
Upcoming Events: 02 Feb at 7pm - Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the
Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7; 16 Feb at 7pm - Candle lit Gospel
Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7 23 Feb at
3pm - Open wedding showcase - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street,
American Spiritual Ensemble
American Spiritual Ensemble
is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest
singers in the classical music world. The vocalists have thrilled audiences
around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and
Broadway numbers. They will perform in the RDS Concert Hall on Monday
Jan 20th, and in the Wexford Opera House Sat 18th Jan. Booking at Ticketmaster
(for the RDS), and at Wexford
Hurley in the Gaiety The
Red Hurley gospel concert comes to The Gaiety Theatre from 3rd to 8th
February 2014. Tickets from €20 to €55 Available at Ticketmaster Outlets
nationwide PH: 0818 719 366 www.ticketmaster.ie
. Also appearing - Aled Jones, Soprano Sandra Oman and guest choirs all
accompanied by The Eugene McCarthy Big Band & Singers. This is an evening
of Spiritual Hits, Religious & Pop songs. Songs featured to include Our
Father, I Walk With God, Amazing Grace, I Still Haven't Found What I'm
Looking For, Be Not Afraid, The Living Years, Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus,
How Great Thou Art and many more. More info here.
Gathering Dublin Diocese
is holding a Liturgy Gathering with a varety of workshops on Saturday
1st February at Clonliffe College. Some of the workshops: Ian Callanan
will introduce the music of Emmanuel 2014, our Diocesan Programme of Liturgical
Music for second level schools. This year’s content offers a variety of
music from contemporary songs such as Lead Us To TheWater (Tom Kendzia/Gary
Daigle) to Vidi Aquam (Plainchant) also including music by Irish Composers
featuring Lúireach Phádraig by Sr. Marie Dunne CHF and 'In God I Live',
a new composition by Fr. Liam Lawton. Apart from offering music ideas
for liturgies in second level schools the Emmanuel programme can be incorporated
into parish celebrations. Fionnualla Gill is a harpist and singer who
leads sessions and workshops on mindfulness. She will give an experience
of this way of taking care of ourselves with a blend of music, reflection
and meditation. More info and booking form download here.
Fever in Dublin The
next Night Fever Event will take place on Saturday 1st February in Clarendon
St Church off Grafton St Dublin 2, starting with 6 pm Mass celebrated
by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown. Night Fever is a combination
of street outreach, prayer, meditation and music ... all welcome. See
Facebook page here.
Soul of Cinema, Contemplating the Inner Journey through Film - 6 Thurs
Evenings Starting - a new course starting on 6th Feb in Emmaus Retreat
Centre Swords. 6 Thurs nights , Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm Price: Euro 65.00
in Total for Six Weeks or Euro 12 per night. Facilitator Maria O’Loughlin,
A graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Writing for
Screen and Television, Maria O’Loughlin has more than 16 years’ experience
as a screenwriter, producer and educator. More info and booking here.
Dublin Gospel Choir From
the North Dublin Gospel Choir: NEW MEMBERS NIGHT TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY
- We are taking new members from the 28th January what a year we have
planned for 2014 just some of what you are looking forward to are Big
Concerts, Competitions, Workshop with the best gospel directors in the
gospel industry and much more......... if you would like to be part of
North Dublin Community Gospel Choir and can hold a tune please email email@example.com.
Night Fever is a mixture of street outreach,
music and prayer. The next event is in Galway Sat 18th Jan at the Franciscan
Abbey on Francis St, 7.30 pm to 11 pm. See also www.nightfever.org.
Facebook page here.
- An Early-Music Christmas with Róisín O’Grady (Soprano) and Eamon Sweeney
(Baroque Guitar). Christmas-time is one of the few festivals of modern
times that continues to nurture a distinct musical tradition. This concert
features some of the most evocative Christmas music dates from the Renaissance
and Baroque eras. FRIDAY 6 DEC, MAIN STREET, TINAHELY, CO. WICKLOW Courthouse
Arts Centre 8:30 pm, €16 / €14 (including a glass of mulled wine and mince
pie) 0402 38529 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Promoted by Tinahealy
Courthouse Arts Centre. More info, and booking here.
Concert Hall Events On Monday 2nd December, 8pm, violinist Vladimir
Jablokov will return to the National Concert Hall for a Christmas
concert. Also performing on stage will be special guest stars, soprano
Claudia Boyle, tenor Sean Costello as well as eight members of Vladimir’s
musically gifted family. There will be a celebration music from the Strauss
Family, Franz Lehar, Sergei Prokofiev along with familiar Christmas songs
and carols. Booking and info here.
"ESB Great Christmas Concert' takes place on Wed 4 Dec, featuring
among others the Lassus Scholars, Piccolo Lasso, The Orlando Chamber Orchestra
(Leader: Gillian Williams), Ite O’Donovan (conductor); Featuring Electric
Ireland Feis Ceoil Prize Winners 2013. Special Guest Soloist: Claudia
Boyle, soprano. Booking and info here.
Palestrina Choir and Dublin Brass will perform at the NCH on Thursday
5 Dec. Organist – Gerard Gillen Junior Probationer Choristers Conductor
– Blánaid Murphy Producer – Noel McDonagh. Booking and info here.
Glorious Choral Christmas' on Mon 9 Dec features the Culwick Choral
Society. The Culwick celebrates the coming of Christmas with a traditional
blend of words and music for the season, and also a special treat: Respighi's
delightful but rarely performed Christmas miniature, Lauda per la natività
del Signore, his intimate re-telling of the nativity with chamber players
and chorus of angels and shepherds. Booking and info here.
Lady’s Choral Society team up again with the RTE Concert Orchestra and
Proinnsias O’Duinn to perform Handel’s Messiah at the National
Concert Hall - Wed 11th, Thurs 12th, Fri 13th Dec. Our Lady’s Choral Society
with Marie Friederike Schöder (Soprano) Madeleine Shaw (Alto), Eamonn
Mulhall (Tenor) Jeffrey Ledwidge ( Bass.) RTE Concert Orchestra Conductor
Proinnsias O Duinn. Booking and info here.
annual 'Carols by Candlelight' concert takes place on Mon 23rd
Dec. 3.15 pm and 8 pm. HANDEL Zadok the Priest, Christmas sequence from
Messiah CORELLI Allegro and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto BACH Air
on the G String HANDEL Let the Bright Seraphim, Eternal Source of Light
Divine CULLEN Joy to the World, Of the Father’s heart begotten MOZART
Exultate Jubilate DARKE In the bleak midwinter and CAROLS FOR ALL including
Good King Wenceslas God rest you merry, gentlemen O come, all ye faithful
It came upon a midnight clear The First Nowell While shepherds watched
O little town of Bethlehem Hark! the Herald angels sing Celebrate in the
most elegant way with this exquisite concert of carols and seasonal classics,
staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting.
Booking and info here.
out the full November/December programme here.
Choirs and Carols
The deadline to register a choir or group for Stars, Choirs & Carols @CrokePark
has been extended to Friday, 22 November 2013. It's a charity fundraiser
and a record breaking attempt - to have the most carol singers together
at the one time. More info here: http://www.starschoirsandcarols.ie/
Liam Lawton Christmas Tour A
CELTIC CHRISTMAS TOUR for December: 1st - The Cathedral of SS. Patrick
& Colman, Hill Street, Newry – Tickets: 028 302 62586; 4th - The Civic
Theatre, Tallaght – Tickets: 01 4627477; 5th - Weford Opera House – Tickets:
053 912 2144; 6th - Excel Theatre, Tipperary: 062 80520; 7th- Temperance
Hall , Loughrea – Tickets: T.B.C.; 10th - St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church,
Dundalk – Tickets: 042-9334042; 12th - St Comgall’s Parish Centre , Bangor
– Tickets: 02891465013; 14th- St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry, Co.Offally
– Tickets: 087 7476007; 15th- St Finbar’s Church, Bantry – Tickets: 027-56398;
16th- St Munchins Church,Clancy Strand, Limerick – Tickets: 086-8187268;
19th - St Mary’s Grammar School,Magherafelt, Co. Derry – Tickets: 028
796 32320; 20th – Church of Assumption, Delvin, Co.Westmeath – Tickets:
Singing at The Mansion House 2013 The Annual Ecumenical Carol Singing
on the steps of the Mansion House, organised by the Diocesan Council for
Mission and the Archdiocese Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism, will
take place on Saturday, December 14 at 2.30pm. This year the singing will
be led by “Teenspirit”, a group from the Archdiocese. There will be seasonal
readings given by The Lord Mayor, Miriam O’Callaghan of RTE, Dublin footballer
Gerard Brennan and Anne Lodge, Principal of The Church of Ireland College
of Education. Everyone is invited to come and join in the singing of favourite
carols and seasonal songs
Dublin Gospel Choir Concert The
Dublin Gospel Choir will perform on Friday December 13th at the Civic
Theatre Tallaght at 8 pm. Adm is 17 Euro, 15 Euro concession. More info
and booking here.
for Missing Persons "A
Candle for You", a song dedicated to missing people, has been recorded
by internationally-renowned soprano Celine Byrne to help mark Ireland's
first national Missing Persons Day, 5 Dec. Composed by Sister Marie Dunne,
the song was performed by Celine at a commemorative ceremony at Farmleigh
House, Dublin,yesterday. The song will be released on iTunes and CD on
Friday 6th December 2013. Available on iTunes and CD,all proceeds from
sales will go to MISS (Missing in Ireland Support Service) through the
Missing Persons Helpline (1890442552). It will also be available for purchase
at Veritas, Abbey Street, Dublin. According to Marie , the lyrics of "A
Candle for You" were inspired by Alice Cairns, whose son Philip, aged
13, went missing in 1986. Alice said that lighting a candle often for
Philip gave her the strength to face the pain experienced by her and by
so many others whose loved ones have gone missing.
Services There are many carol services coming
up in churches across the country, for details see diocesan and parish
websites. For Dublin many of the events are listed here.
Handel's Messiah will be performed at the Bord
Gais Energy Theatre on Mon 9 Dec at 8pm. Performers include the Dublin
Bach Singers, the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Brophy
and Claudia Boyle Soprano. More info and booking here.
performance of the Messiah will take place in the Church of Good Counsel,
Mourne Rd, Drimnagh, on Sat 23rd Nov at 8 pm. This is a special project
for the end of the Year of Faith. Blanaid Murphy will conduct the choir
and also taking part is the Orchestra of St Cecilia. Adm 10 Euro and tickets
are available from the parish office on Mourne Rd.
and Spirituality Day Can anything good come out of Hollywood? - 09/11/2013 10:00
am - 4:00 pm - A day of reflection on the relationship between film and
spirituality with: Noel O’Connor, OCD a member of the Avila Carmelite
Centre community who leads the monthly Silver Screen sessions at the Avila
Carmelite Centre and Robert Opala, OCD, a Discalced Carmelite based the
Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford, England who is currently doing doctorate
studies on the relationship between the spirituality of Edith Stein (St
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) and that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He has
a long time interest in film and spirituality. Mass will be available
at 12.00. Lunch: 1.00 – 2.00 pm. Please bring a packed lunch – tea and
coffee are provided. Suggested offering: €15.00. Booking and info here.
Choral Festival The 25th Sligo
International Choral Festival takes place Nov
7th to Nov 10th. Sligo Gospel Choir performs at the 'Feast of Sligo Choirs'
concert on Thursday 7th at 8 pm in Summerhill College, while there are
Gospel and Sacred Music competitions on Saturday 9th November in the college
and in the Gilooly Hall.On Sunday morning Nov 10th choirs will
sing in various churches in the area. More info here.
Lawton Concerts November 7th – The Marketplace Theatre
and Arts Centre, Armagh – Tickets: 028 3752 1821 28th – Pavilion Theatre,
Dun Laoghaire – Tickets: 01 231 2929
Lawton Celtic Christmas At Wexford Opera House: Fr. Liam Lawton
- A Celtic Christmas SEOL MUSIC Concert - 5 Dec at O'Reilly Theatre A
Celtic Christmas Every culture celebrates Christmas in their own unique
way drawing on the traditions, beliefs and customs of their people, and
the Irish culture is no different. A Celtic Christmas reflects the great
affection of the Irish heart for the Christmas story and all that happens
around it. Using beautiful songs from the tradition, in Gaelic, English
and Latin interspersed with well known traditional Christmas songs and
carols and some new original songs from Fr.Liam Lawton the Christmas story
is told. Booking and info here.
Night Friday 20th Sept is Culture Night - events
Cross College Clonliffe - an exhibition of Archives, Irish 20th c.Religious
Art and Sacred Music at . Adm is free and time is 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm.
More info here.
Mary’s Pro Cathedral Marlborough
Street Dublin 1. Programme: 5.15pm
Vespers – with The Boys of the Palestrina Choir, 5.45 pm - Sung Mass,
7.00pm–8.30pm ‘ Holy Darkness’ – Concert of reflective and inspirational
sacred music; 9pm–10.30pm - Dublin Bach Singers – Selection of Madrigals
and choral arrangements of Irish tunes.
Newman House: A unique listening experience for one in the bedroom
where the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins lived in Newman House Dublin in the
1880s. Directed by Dylan Tighe and composed by Seán Mac Erlaine, No
Worst There is None is a sonic journey into the psyche of Hopkins
as he approaches death. Booking essential – see culturenight.ie Time 5pm–8pm
Address Newman House St Stephen’s Green Dublin 2.
Jesuit Centre of Spirituality: Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
houses five stained-glass windows by Irish modernist Evie Hone. Culture
Night will feature a lecutre on Evie Hone, delivered in the presence of
paintings by her and by her contemporaries. Visit our website for further
info. Time 5pm–9pm Address 426 Clontarf Road, Dollymount, Dublin 3.
Patrick’s College, Drumcondra: Attend a jazz inspired concert by The
Fidelio Trio, artists-in-residence at the Music Department, taking place
in the atmospheric Belvedere House (oldest part of St Pat’s campus); take
part in guided tours of Belvedere House and view rare books and manuscripts
from the Library collection. The concert begins at 6.30 pm Time 5pm–8pm
Address Drumcondra Road Dublin 9.
Liturgical Event Venue: Holy Cross College, Clonliffe
on Sat 28th September. Among the workshops is one by Sr Marie Dunne on
Liturgical Music, presenting her 5 Mass Settings. Sr Marie has composed
(and where appropriate revised) 5 Mass settings which are published in
one compilation - called LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD. More info here.
of Praise in Derry
THe BBC programme Songs of Praise will be recording two episodes in the
Guildhall in Derry on Saturday 31 August, with rehearsals on Thurs 29
August. The first programme will celebrate the UK City of Culture and
will be transmitted on Sunday 15 September 2013. The second programme
will be recorded for Saint Patrick's Day next year. More info here
Art Conference 'Sacred
Art: A Spiritual Affair?', Saturday 19 October 2013 - Conference organised
by Arts and Christianity Ireland. Christ Church Cathedral Music Room,
(with lunch in the cathedral's medieval crypt). Speakers will include:
Graham Howes (Trustee of Art & Christianity Enquiry, London), Jim Malone
(Professor Emeritus of Medical Physics, Trinity College and ACI committee
member), Pamela Hardesty (Artist and Lecturer at Crawford College of Art
and Design), and more. Details will be added at: https://www.facebook.com/artsandchristianityireland
Harp Singing Event An All-Day Singing Event will be held
in the Franciscan Friary on Merchant's Quay, Dublin 8, on Saturday 7 December,
10 am to 4 pm. Registration will be at 10.00 a.m, breaking in the afternoon
for a pot-luck lunch. There will be visiting singers from Cork and the
UK, and afters at Chaplin's pub on Hawkins Street that evening.
Gospel Choir The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform in the
National Concert Hall on Monday 18 November at 8 pm. Tickets
from 22 Euro to 48 Euro. More info and booking
Choral Foundation On Sat Nov 16th the Lassus Scholars will perform
Mozart's Requiem at St Kevin's Church Harrington St, Dublin 8 at 11.30
Concert Celebrating 125 Years of the Sared Heart
Messenger magazine. Sun 3 Nov St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St, Dublin
1. Adm 10 Euro. Ring Vera on 01-6767491, or email email@example.com
Choral Festival For Derry's City of Culture there's an
inaugural choral festival. Events/competitions include: Saturday 26th
October Discovery Gospel Choir Workshop, St. Columb’s Hall, 3.45pm – 4.30pm;
Gospel Music Competition featuring a special non-competitive performance
from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Gospel Singers Incognito, St.
Columb’s Hall, 4.30pm – 5.30pm. Sunday 27th October Sacred Music Competition,
First Derry Presbyterian Church, 2pm – 4.30pm. More details here.
Gospel Choir The choir will perform as part of the
Wexford Spiegeltent Festival - 25 Oct at 7pm: Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
Sixteen at the Concert Hall The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra; Harry
Christophers, conductor; Lucy Crowe, soprano will perform as part of the
International Choral Series on Sunday 13th October 2013, 8pm - at the
National Concert Hall. “For many listeners, The Sixteen isn’t just another
chamber choir it’s the living embodiment of the great sacred music of
the Renaissance. This choir now defines the sound of the music, as the
Clerkes of Oxenford and the Tallis Scholars did a generation ago” - The
Telegraph. It's a Handel programme - Let thy hand be strengthened ‘Coronation
Anthem’, Silete venti, Nisi Dominus, Dixit Dominus. More info and booking
Night Fever The
next Nightfever Dublin is on Saturday September 21st at St.
Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, beginning with Mass at 6pm. Nightfever
is an open night of prayer, reflective music and Eucharistic Adoration
during which teams of volunteers go out into the nearby streets and invite
people to come into the Church and light a candle, enjoy the beautiful
music and be in the presence of the Lord. There is an opportunity for
confession or to talk with a priest. More info here.
Organ Concerts: There
will be a series of summer organ concerts - every Sunday night at 8 pm
in Dun Laoighaire Chuch (beside Main St) as follows: Sunday 30 June 2013
- Guy Bovet (Switzerland); Sunday 7 July 2013 - Maynooth Schola Gregoriana,
director: Darina McCarthy, John O'Keeffe (organ); Sunday 14 July 2013
- Desmond Hunter; Sunday 21 July 2013 - Martin Baker (Westminster Cathedral);
Sunday 28 July 2013 - David Connolly; Sunday 4 August 2013 David Baskeyfield;
Sunday 11 August 2013 - Maya Homburger (violin) and Malcolm Proud (organ);
Sunday 18 August 2013 - Thierry Escaich (France); Sunday 25 August 2013
- Tristan Russcher; Sunday 1 September 2013 - David Adams.
Summer School 'Journeying with the s/Spirit' is the title of a Spirituality
Summer School at All Hallows College in Drumcondra, Dublin 9. It's on
19-23 August and numbers are confined to 15. Topics include: Exploring
the Concept of Reflective Practice, The Evocation of Reflective Practice
Poetry/Story/Song and the Spiritual Journey, Writing as a Spiritual Process,
Spiritual Autobiography. Cost is 200 Euro and the brochure/booking form
participants of the Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course are inviting all
to their annual concert on Fri 16th Aug 8 pm at Knockadoon Camp, Ballymacoda,
Co. Cork. This is the 32nd year of the course the theme this year is ‘A
Future of Hope’ and this is reflected throughout the course through the
music and liturgies. Led by musical director, Ian Callanan, young people
(and some not so young!) from across Ireland will fill the night air with
songs to lift the spirit and soothe the soul. The concert will showcase
the music learned throughout the week and will be delivered by the music
team and course participants. Guest musicians and vocalists include Bobby
Fisher and his daughter Serenity. The concert is free of charge and includes
a cup of tea and maybe even a slice of cake afterwards!
Priests in Concert The
Courtyard Concert - An Open Air Musical Evening with The Priests and Wexford
Soprano Alison Doyle. Fri 3rd August Our Lady's Island, Co. Wexford. Adm
€27.50. Tickets from Our Lady's Island Parish Office (053-9131023)
and shops in Wexford, including Babooshka, North Main St and Blazing Embroidery,
Crescent Quay. More info at http://www.ourladysisland.ie/
2000 Summer Festival This
year's festival takes place 15-18 August in the Cistercian College, Mount
St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. It's for young people 16-35 and
is a donation only event. Great music is promised, along with inspiring
talks, workshops and prayer. See www.youth2000.ie
Organ Workshops 2013 From
August 1-4, Glenstal Abbey will host an organ workshop with world-renowned
organist Douglas Hollick of Clare College, Cambridge. He will provide
individual and group tuition for organists. Meanwhile Ansgar Wallenhorst
returns for the fifth time to Glenstal to provide an organ improvisation
workshop from August 13-15, with group sessions in the morning and individual
lessons each afternoon. This year's workshops series sees a focus on dance,
with an evening lecture by Dr Mary Nunan of Daghda Dance Company on August
14. More information and booking forms can be downloaded at http://www.irishchurchmusicassociation.com
Hopkins Summer School Hopkins
Festival - The 26th annual Gerard Manley Hopkins festival will take place
in Newbridge College July 19-26. Building on the wide range of Hopkins's
interests in the Arts: in Music, Drawing, and even Conservation, the Festival
offers not just Poetry but also, Art Exhibitions; Classical Music Concerts,
Traditional Irish Music Concerts; Workshops, Fieldtrips and above all:
an atmosphere of friendships around shared interests. Full programme here.
in Dublin Rio
in Dublin is especially aimed at young people who have either attended
a World Youth Day or would like to savour some of the atmosphere of what
takes place at World Youth Day. It will take place on the weekend of 27th/28th
July in Church St Friary, Dublin 7. Registration is now open and demand
is already high. Parishes with young people wishing to take part should
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. More info: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/content/wyd-2013-rio-dublin
L'Angelus L'Angelus, the Cajun band that includes spiritual music in their
set, returns to Ireland in July. So far all gigs are north of the border,
full listings here Especially worth trying out are asppearances at the Ulster Folk Pary
4th July Festival, and at the Passionist Monastery, Crossgar Co. Down
on July 10th. You can see some of their spiritual material on the Faitharts
Summer School The
Irish Church Music Association (ICMA) has announced details of its annual
Music Summer School. Taking place at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from
July 1-4, the event, now in its 44thyear has taken its theme, ‘Credo Credo
Credo: Amen!’ as a result of 2013 being the Year of Faith. Application
forms for the ICMA Summer School can be downloaded from the association’s
website at www.irishchurchmusicassocaition.com and requested by email
to email@example.com tel: 086 2366 521.
Nightfever is a new initiative marrying prayer and music - so far two
events are planned for Clarendon St Church off Grafton St in Dublin. 6
pm Mass is followed by music, prayer and reconciliation until 11 pm. A
similar event is planned for Thursday June 20th from 7 pm. The event has
its origins in street ministry at World Youth Day. For more information
article in the Irish Catholic, the Nightfever
website or the Event
page on Facebook.
Clarendon St Church Thurs 20 June 7 pm - 11 pm Nightfever - Open Church
- Open Heart - Light a candle - be still - pray - listen to music - reconcile
with God - bring questions before God - encounter Him – reflect - talk
to a priest - receive a blessing. More
New Ross Choral Festival
17th - 19th May 2013 will see New Ross host its 29th AIMS Choral Festival
with 20 competitions across two days for Junior and Adult competitions.
The liturgical music competition is on Sun afternoon in the Parish Church
as follows: Competition H 1.50pm Sacred Music; Competition A 4.10pm Mixed
(40 voices & over); Competition K 4.40pm Gospel Music; Competition G 5.40pm
Gospel Concert On
May 11th the All Hallows College Gospel Choir will perform a free concert
in St. Brigid’s Church, Blanchardstown at 8pm. It is a night of gospel
music tracing the origins of gospel music up to present day. There will
also be three other guest choirs singing at it. The event is free but
if people would like to make a donation, it will go to cancer support.
Liam Lawton Concerts Two
more Lawton shows: Wednesday 8th May ~ Birr Theatre and Arts Centre; Friday
10th May ~ St. Mary's Cathedral, Kilkenny.
SpiriT is A celebration of Teen Talent & Christian Faith, featuring the
teen choir singing gospel music and secular songs with a positive message.
The next events will take place as follows: Sunday 28th April @ 8pm Parish
Assembly Hall - Navan Road Parish, Dublin 7. Saturday 4th May @ 7.30pm
Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow, Co. Wicklow For further information contact
Marie: 0872415603 / firstname.lastname@example.org (Laurel Lodge Youth Choir) Tarny:
0872627424 / email@example.com (Marley and Ballinteer Youth Choir)
Rising Festival The
Gospel Rising Music Festival takes place on the 10th - 12th May in Bray
Co Wicklow. Full Weekend Early Bird Tickets will be €50, available until
the 5th April, and this one ticket will give you access to 3 selected
workshops sessions, all group workshops and all the gospel music gigs
you can get to over the whole weekend. More info here: http://gospelrising.com/
CONCERT DATES Fr
Liam Lawton will be performing at the Moat Theatre in Naas and the Dunamaise
Theatre in Portlaoise in April. The concerts will include some songs from
his new collection which is due out in the Summer. Moat Theatre, Naas
on Tuesday 23rd April,2013. Tickets are on sale from theatre directly
or box office at 045 883030 or www.moattheatre.com. Dunamaise Theatre,
Portlaoise on Wednesday 24th April, 2013. Tickets are on sale from theatre
directly or box office at 057 8663355 or www.dunamaise.ie. Further information
on all concert dates around the country available from www.liamlawton.com
The Tantasqua High School Chamber Choir from USA are shortly starting
an Irish tour - dates as follows: St Kevin's Church Glendalough 12.15
pm, Mon April 15th, St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh, 1 pm Tues April 16th,
Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Rd Belfast 7.30 pm (Mass) Wed April 17th,
All Soul's Church, Elmwood Ave, Belfast, 7.30 pm, Thurs April 18th.
now at The National Gallery of Ireland-- Imagining the Divine: The Holy
Family in Art Room 1 26 November 2012 – 1 April 2013 This exhibition shows
how artists through the ages have imagined and depicted the early life
of Christ. It features 13 paintings and drawings, comprising colourful
and delicate works by Lorenzo di Credi, Guercino, Murillo and Fra Bartolommeo,
among others. Highlights include The Dawn of Christianity: The Rest on
the Flight into Egypt by JMW Turner, on loan from the Ulster Museum, and
an early Renaissance painted relief of the Virgin and Child from the workshop
of Florentine sculptor, Lorenzo di Ghiberti. Admission free.
BACH St John Passion Friday
29th March, 3.30pm Room: Main Auditorium National Concert Hall. Prices:
€30, €20, €10 Concessions €27, €18, €9 10% discount for Groups of 10 or
more 5% discount for RTÉ NSO Season Subscribers Mark Wilde Evangelist
Nicholas Merryweather Christus Gavan Ring Pilate Sarah Power soprano Sharon
Carty mezzo soprano Eamonn Mulhall tenor RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (Mark
Hindley chorus master) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Michael Rosewell
conductor J.S. BACH St John Passion, BWC 245 (134’) On Good Friday 2013
(29 March) RTÉ presents two master works associated with the solemnity
and drama of Holy Week: Bach’s sacred oratorio, the St John Passion and
Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ Sometimes called ‘sermons in sound’
Bach’s cantatas and passion settings are works of extraordinary scale,
range and intensity. His vivid setting of the Passion of Christ as told
in the Gospel of St. John, with additional passages from St Matthew, was
written for performance at the Good Friday service in St Nicholas Church,
Leipzig in April 1724 and was the centrepiece of Bach’s year-long cycle
of liturgical cantatas. Expansive opening and closing choruses, moving
chorales and solo arias make this an immensely powerful, dramatic and
emotional work. Tickets and booking: Buy a ticket for the St John Passion
and enjoy The Seven Last Words of Christ, performed by the RTÉ Vanbrugh
Quartet, and the poetry of Mark Strand, for FREE. Please note separate
ticket required for entry for both concerts – enquire when booking Presented
by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet presents Haydn Seven Last Words
of Christ Friday 29th March, 1.30pm Room: Main Auditorium Prices: €5 Free
to customers who book for the 3.30 p.m. performance RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
Philip O'Sullivan (narrator) Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ (60’) On
Good Friday 2013 (29 March) RTÉ presents two master works associated with
the solemnity and drama of Holy Week: Bach’s sacred oratorio, the St John
Passion and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
has attracted considerable public interest in venues around Ireland for
its performances of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. On Good Friday
2013, it will perform the string quartet version of the orchestral original
composed by Haydn in response to a commission for an orchestral work that
would serve as an aid to meditation during the Good Friday religious services.
This will be interspersed with Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Mark
Strand’s poem Poem After The Seven Last Words read by actor Philip O’Sullivan.
A dark and deeply moving work, The Seven Last Words of Christ consists
of seven movements framed by an introduction and a dramatic final ‘Earthquake’
movement depicting the earthquake that rocked Calvary after the crucifixion.
The poetry accompanying the performance was commissioned by the American
Brentano Quartet. Writing about the commission, Brentano Quartet violinist
Mark Steinberg says: ‘The poetry of Mark Strand shares with the Haydn
a surface of relative simplicity betraying underneath a piercing understanding
of the human spirit. His is poetry which is quite musical in its cadence,
lending itself to well to being read aloud. There is a complete lack of
pretense in his poetry, which has the sincerity so immediately apparent
in the Haydn.’ Tickets and booking: Hear this concert for free! If you
have bought a ticket for the St John Passion, you can enjoy the The Seven
Last Words of Christ for FREE (Please note separate ticket required for
entry for both concerts – enquire when booking). Coming to The Seven Last
Words of Christ only, then all seats are €5 Presented by the RTÉ National
Symphony Orchestra. More info here.
- Avro Part Arvo
Pärt’s Passio Sunday 24th March, 4.00pm. Venue: St. Canice's Cathedral,
KILKENNY Monday 25th March, 7.30pm. Venue: St Peter's Cathedral, BELFAST
Tuesday 26th March, 8.00pm. Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, DUBLIN Prices:
St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny: €15, Concession €10 St Peter's Catherdral,
Belfast: €20, Concession €15 Christ Church Catherdral, Dublin: €20, Concession
€15 Please Note: Tickets for St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast will be available
on the door at a price of £15stg (£12 concession) Tickets for all 3 events
will be available to purchase on the door on the day of the events. Conductor:
Paul Hillier The hauntingly simple soundworld of Arvo Pärt’s setting of
the St John Passion or Passio is the quintessential example of the tintinnabuli
style for which the composer is best known. Lasting little over an hour,
Passio is scored for tenor and bass soloists, Evangelist Quartet, instrumental
quartet and choir. Conducted by the National Chamber Choir’s Artistic
Director, Paul Hillier, the series is presented with the award-winning
Theatre of Voices, Denmark and YXUS Ensemble, Estonia. Presented by the
National Chamber Choir of Ireland with Theatre of Voices and YXUS Ensemble,
Estonia. Booking info here.
Nielsen Chapman Concert US
singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will perform at the Seamus Ennis
Centre in the Naul Co. Dublin on Saturday 30 March at 8.30 pm. Adm 18
Euro. Chapman's albums include Hymns, an album of religious songs,
mostly in Latin, Prism, a double album of spiritual songs from
several traditions and If Love Could Say God's Name a DVD (pic
on left) of a live performance from St Paul's Cathedral, London. More
info and booking here.
This is a small venue and tickets are likely to sell out fast.
McMillan and the BBC Singers BBC
Singers - James MacMillan Saturday 23rd March, 8pm Venue: St Ann's Church,
Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Prices: €24 Concessions: €20. BBC Singers & Fergus
Sheil (Conductor) Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia Irene Buckley:
Sanctus John Tavener: Funeral Ikos James MacMillan: Seven Last Words from
the Cross A rare opportunity for Irish audiences to encounter the BBC
Singers, one of the world’s leading professional choirs with a programme
of astonishingly rich choral music for the week before Easter, headlined
by James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, described by the
Guardian as "probably MacMillan's masterpiece... the maturity in this
composition is astounding”. The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) will host
a workshop on choral composition with internationally acclaimed composer
James MacMillan and the BBC Singers on Sunday 24 March from 12–3pm in
the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall. This workshop is open
to the general public to attend and is FREE of charge. Presented by Wide
Open Music Supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. More details
Diocesan Liturgical Music Programme for Second Level Schools will shortly
get under way with inservice days for teachers to introduce the new programme
which will contain many pieces not used in previous years. The choice
of music will be inspired by the Year of Faith and the 40th Anniversary
of Trocaire. Information has been sent to schools. More info from firstname.lastname@example.org ADDED 7/10/12: Emmanurel
2013, which will take place in the Helix Theatre DCU 26/27/28 February.
Workshops for teachers are coming up in October. 5th Oct was the deadline
for applying but Grainne Clinton in the Emmanuel office will accept late
applications for a few days after that. Gráinne can be contacted at, 01-8087554,
or at email@example.com
before Christmas due to illness, Liam Lawton's concert in Warrenpoint,
Co. Down, is back on for Sat 19th January, 8 pm. Also featuring is the
Kilbroney Contemporary Worship Choir and St Dallan's Primary School Choir.
Tickets 15 Euro from Warrenpoint Parish Office and Veritas Newry.
Emmanuel 2013 Emmanuel
2013, featuring a range of litugical music with massed school choirs,
will take place in the Helix on 26/27/28 February at 8.00pm. This year
there are 58 schools involved with over 2000 students. Audience tickets
can be booked soon at the Helix box office or website.
Schools Week 2013 Catholic
Schools Week for 2013 takes place in the week beginning Sunday 27th January.
There are resources for Primary and Secondary schools, which include music
and other arts resources. The Post-Primary resources are here
while the Primary resources are here.
Further information is available on the website of the Irish Catholic
Bishops, click here.
College Saturday 26 January 2013 (9.30am to 1.30pm) Registration 9.00
to 9.30am. Topics include: Faith and Art - As the former Archbishop
of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, wrote: “One effect of Christian believing
is always seeing the world in a new way.” Art has helped over the centuries
to deepen our understanding of the mysteries of our faith. Damian McNeice
will use the medium of Art and images as a key to open doorways through
which we can explore anew elements of the Apostles Creed; Faith and
Music - Using the music of the Emmanuel 2013 Programme, Ian Callanan
will offer suggestions for music to highlight aspects of our faith during
the year. He will also focus on music for Lent that reflects the call
of Christian people to act for justice and peace. More info and booking
Riada Re-Imagined Louth
Contemporary Music Society in association with Temple Bar Trad Festival
and Cois Cladaigh present a new arrangement of Seán Ó Riada’s Mass by
Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky performed by the EQ Singers with Zoe Conway on fiddle,
Siobhan Armstrong on harp and Robbie Harris on bodhrán, conducted by Eamonn
Dougan in St.Werburgh’s Dublin on Thursday 24 January 2013 and St. Nicholas'
Collegiate Church Galway, on Friday 25 January 2013. Iarla Ó Lionáird
will appear as a special guest for the Dublin performance. LISTINGS INFORMATION:
St. Werburgh’s, Werburgh St, Dublin 2 Thursday 24 January 2013 | 8.00pm
| €15(including booking fee) Tickets – 01 7030709 | www.templebartrad.com
St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway Friday 25 January 2013 | 8.00pm
| €15 & €12 Concession Tickets: 091 756812 | www.coiscladaigh.net FOR
MEDIA INFORMATION OR PICTURES PLEASE CONTACT Eamonn Quinn T: +353 86 2632408
| E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Choir to Sing for Pope
It has been confirmed that the Palestrina Choir
of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, will sing at the Papal Mass celebrated
by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Basilica on the Feast
Day of the Epiphany, Sunday January 6th 2013. Invited by the director
of the Sistine Chapel Choir, 32 Boy Choristers and 12 Gentlemen from the
ranks of the Palestrina Choir will join and sing some repertoire with
the prestigious Sistine Chapel Choir while also singing some repertoire
on their own to showcase the best of Irish liturgical choral music. Archbishop
Diarmuid Martin will be attending the ceremony in St. Peters. More info
Gospel Choir October
events for the Dublin Gospel Choir: 06 Oct at 12.30pm Irish Kidney Association
Service - Corpus Christi Church, Griffith Avenue; 07 Oct at 7pm Candlelit
Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7;
13 Oct at 8pm Ritas Carers Benefit Concert - KMH Kilmuckridge Tickets
www.ritascarers.com 05391 – 30635; 21 Oct at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass
- St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7.
Christ Superstar A
new production of Jesus Christ Superstar will tour Ireland and
UK in October - including 9 October in the Odyssey Arena Belfast and Fri
12th and Sat 13th Oct in the O2 Arena in Dublin. Tim Minchin plays Judas,
Melanie C plays Mary Magdalen, Chris Moyles plays Herod and Ben Forster
plays Jesus after winning the ITV Superstar competition for the role.
Booking and more info here.
Diocesan Advent Service has been celebrated for many years now at the
Pro-Cathedral. Before that this prayerful service took place in different
churches and Clonskeagh Parish Community have kindly agreed to host this
year's service on Saturday 1 December at 3.30 pm. Music groups from the
area will get together to prepare the music programme and graduate students
from Mater Dei Institute will participate in the liturgy preparation.
Those enjoyed being part of the Pilgrims Choir at the Eucharistic Congress
are urged to contact Grainne Clinton in the Diocesan Liturgical Resource
Centre office to find out how they can be involved in this Diocesan event.
Remember Them The
27th Annual Remembrance Service will take place in the Monastery of St.
Alphonsus, St. Alphonsus Road on Thursday 15 November at 8.00 p.m. Students
of Mater Dei Institute will prepare the service as part of their continuing
assessment and the music will be provided by members of the Dublin Diocesan
Your Heart Sing Sr.
Marie Dunne of the Congregation of Holy Faith has organised an evening
of reflective music and song in association with the Liturgy Centre on
Thursday 4 October at 7.30 p.m. in Clonliffe College Church. Sr. Marie
will present the evening which will feature her own compositions performed
by Patricia Bourke D'Souza, Alan Hvnes, Emma Humber, Linda Ledwidge and
Brenda McGivney with the St. John of God Choir and friends. A new compilation
CD The Spirit Speaks My Name will be launched on the night. Tickets
€ 10 are available from the following sources: • CORL Bloomfield avenue,
Dublin 4. Tel. 01 6677322 email@example.com • St. Peter's Church Parish
Office, Phibsboro, Dublin 7. Tel. 01 8389708 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Martha Fealy Granada House, Stillorgan, Dublin 4.
et Vita Gounod's wonderful work Mors et Vita will be performed by Our
Lady's Choral Society in the National Concert Hall on Thursday 22 November
at 8.00 p.m. The soloists are Orla Boylan, Martha Bredin, Andrew Boushell
and Park Ki-Hyun and the Choir will be accompanied by the RTE Concert
Orchestra directed by Proinnsias 6 Duinn. Tickets from N C H at 01 4170000
Lawton Christmas Tour 2012 November:
30th – Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballinlough,Co. Roscommon
(Tickets:094 9640411 ); December: 2nd – St James Church ,Grange,Carlingford,Dundalk,Co.Louth
(Tickets: 042 9376105 ); 3rd – Holy Family Church Youghal ,Cork (Tickets:
087 7638062 ); 5th – Siamsa Tire,Tralee, Co.Kerry (Tickets: Box office
Ph:066 712 3055); 6th – Christ the King,Turners Cross,Turners Cross, Co.
Cork (Tickets: 021-4963629 (School hours) 086 2323940); 7th – St Michaels
Church, Ballyagran, Kilmallock, Co.Limerick (Tickets:087-1351047 / 086-6379413
); 9th – NCH, Dublin (Special guest appearance Christmas with the Palestrina
Choir) Tickets: +353 (0)1 417 0000; 11th – Church of Mary Immaculate,Collon,
Co.Louth (Tickets: 086 2217044); 12th – St Joseph’s Church, Kildimo, Co.
Limerick (Tickets: 085-1740599); 13th – St Patricks Church, Clogh, Castlecomer,
Co.Kilkenny (Tickets: 086 0614829); 14th – St. Patricks Church, Bandon,
Co. Cork (Tickets: 086 1022030); 16th – All Saints Church, Ballymena,
Co. Antrim (Tickets: 07709 840444); 19th – Church of The Sacred Heart,
Kilmainhamwood, Kells, Co.Meath (Tickets: 086 8228757); 20th – St Cronans
Church, Brackenstown, Swords, Co. Dublin (Tickets: 086 6086088 ); 23rd
– St Patricks Church, Celbridge, Co.Kildare (Tickets: 01-6288827 9am –
3.30pm Mon – Fri).
Gospel Choir Events
2012 - 04 Nov at 7pm Candlelight Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels
Church, Church St @ 7pm; 15 Nov at 8pm The Olympia Theatre - DGC & Paddy
Casey; 18 Nov at 7pm Candlelight Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels
Church, Church St @ 7pm; December 2012 - 02 Dec at 7pm Candlelight Gospel
Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St @ 7pm; 04 Dec at 7pm Festival
of Carols - Law Society, Blackhall Place; 09 Dec at 7.30pm Killarney Christmas
Festival - St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney 16 Dec at 7pm; Candlelight
Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St @ 7pm; 31 Dec Christ
Church Cathedral New Years Eve.
in Warrenpoint Singer,
song writer Liam Lawton will perform in St Peter's Church Warrenpoint
for one night only, Saturday 15th December at 8 pm, with special guests
the Kilbroney Contemporary Worship Group. Booking at www.ticketsireland.ie.
Priests - Christmas Concert Christmas
with the Priests will take place at the National Concert Hall on Monday
3rd December. Booking and info at www.nch.ie
and Tel: 01-4170000.
Mystery" Conference Update "Risking
Mystery: Contemporary Arts and Sacred Worship" is a conference organised
by Arts and Christianity Ireland, on Saturday, 20 October 2012 9 am to
4 pm at the Avila Retreat Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Cost: €35, includes
light lunch (30 without lunch and 25 for students). Speakers: Reaching
Stillness: Art and Sacred Mystery - Dr. Brian Dooney, a lecturer in
All Hallows College/DCU, specialising in English Literature and Adult
Education. Among other programmes, he is involved in the MA in Applied
Christian Spirituality and the MA in Leadership and Pastoral Care. Risk
And Mystery: A Reflection on Discovery in Physics Illustrated in a Compelling
Painting - Jim Malone is Professor Emeritus of Medical Physics, Trinity
College, Consultant with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
in Vienna, Professor at the European School of Medical Physics in Geneva,
and formerly Dean of Medical School/Faculty of Health Sciences and Director
of Graduate Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He also took the Milltown
Institute MA in Applied Spirituality and has published and lectured regularly
in the area. Creative Risk and the Soul of Sheffield Revd Ric Stott
is a Methodist minister, artist and art psychotherapist. He works in Sheffield
UK as a Venture FX pioneer for the Methodist Church where he is exploring
new ways of being church based around the visual arts. Also featured will
be The Women’s Choir of All Hallows College with Stefan Andre Waligur.
Those coming to the Conference are invited to bring a poem to read that
relates to the theme of the conference. It could be a poem you’ve written
or one by a beloved poet that you want to share. For information on the
2012 Conference contact Donna email@example.com.
Messiah - Two Productions Handel’s
Messiah Featuring the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David
Brophy Tickets from €28.50 on sale this Friday 12th October Two performances
only: Sunday 23rd December at 3pm and 8pm Internationally-renowned soprano
Celine Byrne makes a welcome return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at
the end of a wonderful year which saw her make her Covent Garden début
in addition to other notable performances throughout Europe, North America
and Mexico. Handel’s Messiah was first performed in Fishamble Street in
Dublin on April 13th 1742 and is an essential part of the Christmas festivities
so come and enjoy this magnificent music with the Irish Philharmonic Choir,
the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra and world class soloists all under the
baton of the ever charismatic David Brophy. Celine Byrne, soprano Sharon
Carty, mezzo-soprano Dean Power, tenor John Molloy, bass Irish Philharmonic
Choir Irish Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Brophy Tickets:
€36.50, €32.50, €28.50More info and booking here.
Liam Lawton will lead a musical evening in St Killian's Church, Kingswood,
Tallaght, Dublin, on Friday 9th November at 8 pm. This is in aid of the
church renovation fund. Adm 15 Euro, contact parish office for more information:
a liturguical music group led by Ronan McDonagh will perform at the Sacred
Heart Church, Western Road, Cork City on Saturday, November 17th at 8.15pm
at the invitation of the Presentation Brothers. The programme will feature
a broad range of scriptural settings from the group's distinctive repertory.
Fuaimlaoi will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet. More
info about Fuaimlaoi here.
National Concert Hall Events Mors
et Vita - Thursday 22nd November, 8pm, Main Auditorium Prices: €30,
€25 Orla Boylan (Soprano) Ulrike Schneider (Alto) Andrew Boushell (Tenor)
and Park Ki Hyun (Bass). Presented by Our Lady’s Choral Society. The RTE
Concert Orchestra Conducted by Proinnsias Ó Duinn. Mors et Vita (by Charles
Gounod) is a continuation of Gounod’s work “The Redemption”. It has a
Prologue and three parts. Vivid and graphic choruses include the “Sanctus”,
the celestial chorus “I am the Alpha and the Omega” and the final “Hosanna
in Excelsis”. World class soloists with the RTECO make this a memorable
performance. Info and booking here.
Handel by Candlelight Saturday 10th November, 8pm, Main Auditorium
Prices: €44.50, €42, €37, €25(Choir Balcony) Adrian Partington director
/ harpsichord Rachel Nicholls soprano Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet,
Mozart Festival Orchestra in full 18th Century costume. Arrival of the
Queen of Sheba, Let the Bright Seraphim Overture | Rejoice Greatly, I
know that my redeemer liveth, Messiah Sarabande, Trumpet Suite Lascia
Ch’io Pianga Rinaldo Largo Xerxes WATER MUSIC SUITE A sublime programme
of Handel’s masterpieces performed in full 18th century costume in an
evocative candle-lit style setting. Presented by Raymond Gubbay. Info
and booking here.
This Messiah takes audiences back to the origin of Handel's first
performance, as he rehearsed it in St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin in 1742.
The Culwick Choral Society is proud to present their 23rd annual charity
performances of Handel's Messiah on Wed. 21st and Thurs. 22nd November
2012. The Choir of over one hundred voices will be joined by four wonderful
soloists in the glorious medieval St. Patrick's Cathedral, a mere stone's
throw from Fishamble Street, site of the first performance of Messiah
in 1742, proceeds from which were donated to local charities. The Culwick
Choral Society continues that great tradition by donating proceeds from
their annual Messiah performances to selected Irish charities. This year's
charity is MS Ireland (www.ms-society.ie) the only national organisation
providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community.
Tickets: Euro 27.50. Available from: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland,
80 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4. Tel.: 01-6781609; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
web: www.ms-society.ie No booking fee. Tickets can be bought/collected
from MS office, or posted for fee of €1.50. ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL. Tel.:
01-4539472. Telephone bookings only.
of Notre Dame Folk Choir There
will be a public Mass at 9:00am on Sept 1st in the courtyard of Dublin
Castle. This open-air "Mass of Thanksgiving" will be celebrated
by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and
Rev John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame. Music will be provided by the
Notre Dame Folk Choir who toured Ireland in early summer. This is part
of an American Football weekend, followed by the Notre Dame vs Navy American
football game at the Aviva Stadium.
Gospel Music Festival for Kilkenny The Kilkenny Gospel Choir is delighted
to announce the inaugural International Gospel Choir Festival, from Thursday
August 30th – Sunday September 2nd 2012. There will be workshops hosted
by experts in the field on song writing, performance and running a successful
Gospel Choir. To see the programme of events click here,
and to register or book click here.
The main venue for the weekend is the Kilkenny
Ormonde Hotel, and choirs wil also sing at various churches around
Music and Liturgy Course This course is now in its 31st Year, and takes place this year
12th-18th August at the Dominican centre in Knockadoon, Co. Cork. The purpose
of the course is to assist young adults in music ministry, especially in
contemporary church music and liturgy. It is an experiential week, where
the young participants learn new music, are introduced to new instruments,
and join in the Liturgy of Morning and Evening Prayer. There's plenty of
fun and entertainment as well. The
minimum age is 13, the cost is 190 Euro. Tutors
this year include Ian Callanan, Liam Lawton, Boby Fischer and Paul Tate.
For more information see video on left, and contact Aisling Reigh, Director,
Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course, 24 Ferns Crescent, Ferns Bridge, Monasterevin,
Co. Kildare. Email: email@example.com, web: www.knockadoon.net,
of the highpoints of the Knockadoon
Music and Liturgy Summer Camp (see below) will be an open concert
on Friday 17th August, 8pm at the Knockadoon Dominican Summer Camp Knockadoon
Head, Ballymacode, Co Cork. Admission is free though donations are welcome.
Led by musical director Ian Callanan, young people from across Ireland
will fill the night air with songs that will lift the spirit and soothe
the soul. The concert will showcase the music learned throughout the week
and will be delivered by the music team and course participants. Guest
musicians and vocalists include Bobby Fisher, Eileen Bird and Serenity
Dublin Gospel Choir Dublin Gospel Choir will play at the Dun Laoighaire Fusion
Festival on Sun 29th July at 5 pm, in The People's Park, and at The Electric
Picnic on Sunday 2nd Sept at 12pm.
Ministries Elation Ministries
will play at the following summer festivals: Jul 28th 2012: Knock Youth
Festival, Knock Shrine, Co Mayo; Aug 9th 2012: Youth 2000 Summer Festival,
Clonmacnois, Co Offaly.
Summer Festival This year sees the 25th Hopkins Festival
July 21 - 27, 2012, in the Theatre, Newbridge College. The festival promotes
the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins through poetry, music, film and art.
This year's poets attending include: Sen Sudeep (India) Salah Niazi (Iraq)
Tomas Kafka (Czech Republic) Robert Simonisek (Slovenia) Dermot Healy
(Irl) Desmond Egan (Irl) Diarmuid Johnson (Wales) Michael Woods (UK) Donald
Gardner (Netherlands) Alfred Yuson (Philippines). Musicians include Frankie
Gavin and Michelle Lally, Hans Palsson (Pianist) Sweden, Diarmuid Johnson,
Flute. There will be a film premiere: The Wreck of the Deutschland
Dir. Shane MacGrath, and workshops with Michael Woods (Creative Writing)
Conor Mahony, (Guitar). There will be numerous speakers and book launches.
For more info and booking: http://www.gerardmanleyhopkins.org/.
Knock Summer Festival is for all people between the ages of 17-30. It
is a chance to come away and experience something different. Hundreds
of young people will join together on July 28th for a day with a difference.
Drumming, Gymnastics, Elation Ministries, Trocaire, Magis, inspiring speakers,
practical workshops, celebration of the Eucharist, chill out time, a chance
to meet new people. Explore what ONE: Love, ONE Community, ONE: Body means.
For more info and booking: http://www.knock-shrine.ie/youthfestival/
Be Dragons" Showing Tues 17th July at 7 pm - the film There Be Dragons,
directed by Roland Joffé (The Mission, The Killing Fields)
presented by the St Genesius Film Society at Ely House, 8 Ely Place Dublin
2. Donations only, refreshments and discussion. All welcome - you don't
have to be a member. The film is based in part on the early life of St
Jose Maria Escriva founder of Opus Dei, and on various political and personal
conflicts during the Spanish Civil War, intercut with the story of a modern
author researching family history. The film has many scenes/set pieces
suitable for Religious Education. Faitharts review of There Be Dragonshere.
Church Music Association Summer School This
year's Summer School of the Irish Chhurch Music Association takes place
in Maynooth, July 2nd to 6th. Guest Director this year is Marty Haugen,
a liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist
& author from Eagan, Minnesota. For the past 25 years, Haugen has presented
workshops and concerts across North and Central America, Europe, Asia
and the Pacific Rim. He has over 35 recordings and more than 400 separate
printed editions available through GIA Publications. A number of his published
songs, including "Shepherd Me, O God," "Gather Us In" and "All Are Welcome"
are well-known to many religious denominations. More info here.
Tour Details of Liam Lawton's 2oth Anniversary Tour:
April 11th St. Michael's Theatre, New Ross, Co.Wexford Tickets: 051 421255;
April 13th The Church of the Assumption, Collooney,Sligo Tickets: 071
9167235; April 18th Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal Tickets: (00353)
74 9131840; April 27th St. Andrew's Church,Kilfinane, Limerick Tickets:
087 2849582; May 8th Birr Arts Centre, Birr, Co.Offally Tickets: 057 9122911;
May 9th Strule Arts Centre,Omagh Tickets: +44 28 82247831; May 18th Church
of Mary Conceived Without Sin, Mitchelstown Tickets: 025 84062.
Halleluia Gospel Choir The Halleluia
Gospel and Show Choir presents their first ever concert at The
Helix The material ranges from from glee to classical. This choir
has performed with and alongside artists such as Westlife, JLS, Hot Chocolate,
Brian Kennedy, and Mary Black. Joining them is Niall O’Sullivan whose
album recently topped the iTunes classical charts along with up and coming
vocalist Simon Morgan, who has just finished recording his orchestral
album. Details: Sat April 14th at 8pm. Tickets 17 Euro. Booking at The
Helix Box Office (01-7007000), or online.
for IEC2012 The music programme for the Eucharistic
Congress encourages everyone in the congregation
to participate as much as possible in the liturgies during the week. Congregational
singing is a key component in this. Particular emphasis is placed on the
celebration of the Eucharist and the singing of the various parts of the
Mass. These have been chosen from the anthology: Sing the Mass
[Veritas 2011] produced on behalf of the National Centre for Liturgy and
the Advisory Committee on Church Music. Read more here.
Also, the full list of music for the week is available now as a PDF document
Youth Fest Maranatha
Prayer Ministry is holding a Summer Youth Fest on Sat 30th June 11
am to 5 pm, in the South Court Hotel, Limerick, followed by Christian
Rock with Metanoia - rock, rap, reggae and pop. Maranatha prayer ministry
is a Catholic Community, committed to developing a caring environment
in which the transforming graces of the Holy Spirit can renew persons
into the likeness of Christ
Sale Veritas shops
are having a 7 Day Sale with 25% off everthing except magazines, newspapers,
papal blessing parchments and school books. The sale starts at 9 am Monday
Lawton Concert for Niall Mellon TrusT Liam Lawton will perform a concert in
aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust on Fri 6th July at 8 pm, with guests
Breege and Eddie Quinn and the Kilskyre Adult Choir, in Kilskyre Church,
Kells Co. Meath.
Setting of Mass - Premiere Missa Caro Mea,
a newly commissioned Mass setting by
Colin Mawby will have its premiere in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, on Tuesday
June 12th at 7 pm. It will be performed by the Palestrina Choir. On the
night there will also be a performance of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus
featuring the Orchestra of St Cecilia. Adm free.
By the Sea A day of choirs and family events organised by the Greystones
Rugby Football Club at Dr Hickey Pk, Sat June 30th, noon to 9 pm, 10 Euro
for adults, 5 Euro for children, featuring the Dublin Gospel Choir, the
Bray Gospel Choir, the Hallejujah Gospel Choir, Dublin Welsh Male Voice
Choir and more. For more info click here.
Music IEC Updates - More Info on Performers
this week at IEC2012: Liturgical and Musical Performers in the Main Arena,
RDS: Tuesday 12 June Performers: · Liam Lawton - Directing Diocesan
Choirs · Diocesan Choir: Kildare & Leighlin · Diocesan Choir: Ossory &
Ferns · Diocesan Choir: Waterford & Lismore · Gardiner Street Gospel Choir
· Composer Ian Callanan · Kisi Kids: International Catholic Movement Wednesday 13 June Performers: · Derry Cathedral Choir – Conducted
by Sister Perpetual McNulty · During Procession: Dublin Diocesan Lourdes
Choir & Foxrock Parish Choir & Maynooth Brass Band · James Kilbane · Ennis
Gospel Choir · Singer Sarah McCourt Thursday 14 June Performers: · Congress Choir · The Vard Sisters
· Full Set: Young Musicians · Liam Lawton: Composer & Musician · St Laurence’s
Children’s Choir · Vocalese Singers Friday 15 June Performers: · Meath Diocesan Choir – Directed by
Jim Walsh & accompanied by Ephrem Feeley · Colleen Gormley: Spiritual
Singer · Elation Ministries · St. Ultans Orchestra · Ian Callanan & Choir
Saturday 16 June Performers: · Tommy Fleming · Corpus Christi Texas
Cathedral Choir – Director Br Padraig McIntyre & Abbot Richard Purcell
· Fr Columba McCann, Organist & Composer · Killaloe & Limerick Diocesan
Choir · Roscrea Parish Choir · Singer Dominic McGorian · Singer Danielle
Rose Sunday 17 June Performers (Croke Park): · RTE Concert Orchestra
· The Three Tenors · Liam Lawton · The Priests · Celine Byrne · Fuaimlaoi
· Palestrina Choir · Fr Marino Nguekam · Jacek Wislocki · The Dublin Deaf
Choir · Micheal O’Muircheartaigh St Mary’s School Choir (school for the
THE EYES OF THE APOSTLES ‘COME AND SEE’ CAPERNAUM - THE CITY WHERE JESUS
LIVED WITH HIS FRIENDS There will be an exhibition at the Eucharistic
Congress called "Through the Eyes of the Apostles". This is a life size,
3D representation of parts of the town of Capernaum at the time of Jesus,
including Peter's house and the synagogue.It's at the Simmonscourt Complex,
RDS, June 10 – June 17 and admission is free. Produced by Communion &
Liberation and The Icarus Foundation, thanks to many donors. www.eyesoftheapostles.com
For further information (or donations) please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fringe Events There are some arts related events in the fringe events for the
Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012), under the heading "The Congress Extends
to the City": Tues 12th June 7.30 pm - One Act Play Servant at
the Supper, written and performed by Eleanor Glen, at the Church of
the Assumption, Booterstown; Wed 13th 4pm to 6 pm Drama Workshop for Young
People Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Merrion Rd; Thurs 14th 7.30
pm - Concert with the Goethe Institute Choir at the Church of the Assumption,
Booterstown; Fri 15th 7.30 pm - Organ Recital by David Connolly, St Agatha's
Church, North William St; Fri 15th 8 pm - An Evening of Prayer with Our
Lady in Song - featuring singer-songwriter Danielle Rose from USA (see
video clip), St Mary's Church, Haddington Rd. Also, every day for Congress
week there's an art exhibition "Faces of Christ", St Paul's
Church, Arran Quay.
number of world class Irish acts and well known hosts will participate
in the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) which takes place
in Dublin from 10th until 17th June. The Three Tenors will perform at
the opening ceremony in the RDS on Sunday 10th June. They will feature
alongside the Palestrina Choir, Our Lady of Victories Choir, and The Maynooth
Gospel Choir among many more. International trio The Priests, Fuaimlaoi,
award winning soprano Celine Byrne, and world renowned composer Father
Liam Lawton are among the acts that will feature alongside the RTÉ Concert
Orchestra at the closing ceremony taking place at Croke Park on Sunday
17th June. The Opening Ceremony on 10th June will be hosted on the arena
stage by RTÉ newscaster Bryan Dobson along with TG4 presenter Roisin Ní
Thomain. Events commence at 1pm and continue until 4.45pm. Events will
be broadcast live on RTÉ. Throughout the week music will be heard from
intercultural choral group Discovery Gospel Choir.
Gospel Choir Dublin
Gospel Choir in Concert in Church St. The 50th Eucharistic Congress is
coming to Dublin this year and to mark the occasion; on the 16th of June
the choir will be holding a Night of Soul concert in St Mary of the Angels
Church, Church St., Dublin 7. Church St. is also the home of the Capuchin
Day Centre for homeless people. They do amazing work to help the suffering
of the less fortunate of society. With food bill alone of €60,000 per
month, they need all the help they can get. It is hoped to raise some
much needed funds for the centre by running this event. Doors at 7.30pm
Tickets: www.ticketsireland.ie Adults; €15 Concession; €10 Family: €40
Doors open at 7.30pm, concert starts at 8pm.
part of Love:Live Music - Ireland's National Music Day on Thursday 21st
June, Waltons New School of Music presents a Gospel Gathering at St. Stephen's
Green Shopping Centre from 6.30pm to 7.15pm. For more info: www.lovelivemusic.ie
for International Eucharistic Congress 2012
will talk place from June 10th to 17th in Dublin at the RDS, Dublin 4
and Croke Park (final Mass). Among the talks/workshops that include an
arts component are: Mon 11th, Play: The Trial, written by Glenn Gannon, directed
by Frank Allen. (7 pm)
Drama in the Youth Space with Net Ministries. 8.10 pm
Silent Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm. Tues 12th, Monica Browne - "Religious Music for Children"
Workshop, Youth Space: "Write Your Song", with Sean Feeney,
Elation Ministries 12 midday.
Dr Friedhelf Hoffman - "Evangelisation and Church Art" - in
The Trial, written by Glenn Gannon, directed by Frank Allen. (7
in the Youth Space with Net Ministries. 7.10 pm
Concert, Youth Space: Gardiner St Gospel Choir 8 pm
Concert, Youth Space: Sagrra, Christian Music from Brazil. 9 pm
Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm.
Wed 13th, Fr Paul Murray OP - "An Amazing Grace: The Poets
of the Eucharist" (10 am)
and Fr Peter Hannon SJ - "Film and Faith" (10 am and 11.30 am) Thurs 14th: Youth Space: "A Life in Time with the Heartbeat
of God" - Simon Edwards and The Psalm Drummers, Belfast 1.30 pm and
Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm.
Fri 15th, Fr Liam Lawton - "Sacred Song" (Concert - 10
Sr Una Agnew - "Spirituality in the Writings of Patrick Kavanagh"
Play, Servant at the Supper, written and performed by Eleanor Glennon,
Space: "A Life in Time with the Heartbeat of God" - Simon Edwards
and The Psalm Drummers, Belfast 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm
Concert: Our Lady's Choral Society and Dublin Diocesan Choir (7 pm)
Youth Space, Concert: Rend Collective Experiment, UK. 9 pm
Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm.
Sat 16th, Youth
Space: "A Life in Time with the Heartbeat of God" - Simon Edwards
and The Psalm Drummers, Belfast 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm
Concert: Sr Bernadette Sweeney and Ms Joanna Crooks,
with the St Agnes Community String Orchestra. (3.30 pm)
in the Youth Space with Net Ministries. 4.10 pm
Youth Space, Sacred Dance Workshop, Sr Bernadette Purcell, 4.30 pm
Youth Space: The Move of Faith, Dance Donking Ireland 6.30 pm
Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm. Sun 17th: Final Mass, Statio Orbis, with Pilgrim Choir
Note: Book early as some events may be oversubscribed.
For latest events check here.
Full details of Youth Programme here
Gospel Rising Music
Festival, which is being hosted in Bray Co Wicklow this 11th-13th
May is now ready for booking. all the information you need to get yourself,
your friends, and your music group (if you are part of one) ready to head
to Bray. There is an extensive list of workshops available this year You
can reserve these by paying €30 per ticket through the online booking
system using a PayPal account or Credit Card Book before Friday 13th April,
to get the Early Bird Full Weekend Ticket for a total of €50 (€20 balance
payable on arrival at festival). Apply to Perform: There are number of
performance opportunities over the weekend and the organisers would love
to see and hear as many choirs as possible performing! Download application
form and instructions here.
INEC Killarney will see the appearance of the spectacular musical youth
movement Teen SpiriT on Tuesday the 6th of March. There will be two concerts
on the day - a school's one at 11.30am (only €5 per student, teachers
free) and an evening one at 8pm (adults €20, students/OAPs €10). "Teen
Spirit", is currently recruiting singers for a concert in the Grand
Canal theatre on April 29th this year, please visit www.teenspirit.ie
for more details.
Tommy Fleming Concert Tommy Fleming will perform at St Brigid's Church Newry on April
22nd in a concert organised by the Knights of Columbanus to fundraise
for restoration work on the churches of St Brigid and St Mary. Tickets
are available from Newry Parish Office and Ticketmaster.
2012 The Sixth Emmanuel programme of liturgical music in Second
Level Schools will culminate in the Mahony Hall, Helix Centre on Tuesday
and Wednesday 13 & 14 March 2012 at 8.00 p.m. [Added 13/10: Workshops
for participating teachers are on: Gort Mhuire, Dundrum, October 18th;
Clonliffe College, October 20th, both 1.30 to 4 pm, booking form available
by emailing Faitharts, or contact Grainne Clinton, Secretary, Liturgy
Resource Centre, Tel: 8087554]
Eucharistic Congress 2012
The Eucharistic Congress
will talk place from June 10th to 17th in Dublin at various venues especially
Croke Park and the RDS. Among the talks/workshops that include an arts
Mon 11th, Imogen Stuart - "Reflections of an Artist on Communion"
and Maeve Louise Heaney - "Whoever Sings Prays Twice" (both
Tues 12th, Monica Browne - "Religious Music for Children" (11.30
and Dr Friedhelf Hoffman - "Evangelisation and Church Art" (7pm)
Wed 13th, Fr Paul Murray OP - "The Poets of the Eucharist" (10
and Fr Peter Hannon SJ - "Film and Faith" (10 am and 11.30 am)
Fri 15th, Fr Liam Lawton - "Sacred Song" (Concert - 10 am)
and Sr Una Agnew - "Spirituality in the Writings of Patrick Kavanagh"
Download full programme here.
[see above for updates and revision]
Retreat for Music Ministers Summer Retreat for Music Ministers 12 July – 19 July 2012 Pontifical
Irish College, Rome. The retreat will be directedc by Fr Liam Lawton of
Kildare and Leighlin Diocese. Liam will be accompanied by Julianne Woods
B.A. Mus., Grad. Dip. Ed. Mus., H. Dip. Theol., M.A. Chant and Ritual
Song. Julianne teaches music at the Royal School in Cavan. More information
on the event and venue here.
Riada Re-Imagined Louth Contemporary Music Society
presents a new arrangement of Seán Ó Riada's Mass by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
performed by the EQ Singers with Zoe Conway, fiddle, Laoise Kelly,harp
& Mel Mercier, bodhrán conducted by Eamonn Dougan with a special guest
performance by Iarla Ó Lionáird in St.Nicholas' Church of Ireland (The
Green Church) Dundalk Saturday 10 March 2012. Additionally, Tomás Ó Canainn,
author of 'Seán Ó Riada - His Life and Work', will give a talk on Ó Riada,
his music and the masses in the Space,Town Hall Crowe St, Dundalk at 5pm
on Saturday 10 March 2012. The talk is free but it is advised to book
tickets in advance. Booking at Central
Films Two upcoming films
may be of interest: Stella Days, due for release in September 2011
stars Martin Sheen as a priest in rural Ireland promoting a cinema and
running into conflicts. It is directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan and also
stars Stephen Rea and Amy Huberman.
More information here. Calvary, from Guard director John Michael McDonagh, will star Brendan
Gleeson as a priest in rural Ireland (Easkey, Co. Sligo) runing into difficulties
with his parishioners. As of mid-July 2011 this has yet to go into production.
More information here
2012: Pilgrim choirs in the RDS and Croke Park - Deadline for Choirs extended!
The International Eucharist Congress Oorganisers
would like to invite choirs and music groups to participate in the main
liturgical celebrations in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) during 10th
- 16th June as members of the Pilgrim choir. If your choir or music group
is interested in joining us, music directors are invited to book for the
Congress as a group on or before 18th April 2012. Your choir or
music group can book to attend the Congress as a group for one, three
or seven days. IEC2012 has also allocated a limited number of tickets
for the Croke Park Pilgrim Choir. Read more. See also www.iec2012.ie
Dame Folk Choir Notre
Dame Folk Choir Tuesday 22nd May, 8pm Room: John Field Room, National
Concert Hall, Dublin. Prices: €20 (Concession €15) 25% discount for Friends
of the National Concert Hall The Notre Dame Folk Choir is composed of
young men and women's voices, along with flute, organ, violins, guitar,
Celtic harp, and bodhrán. The choir exploits the traditional choral repertoire,
drawn from all over the globe, with a particular emphasis on Ireland,
France, and Mexico. Choral music from the African continent, exuberantly
performed in four-part harmony, is featured prominently. The choir has
performed many and highly successful international tours.
.Presented by The University of Notre Dame Sponsored by Keough Naughton
Centre, Dublin. Info and booking here.
for the Choir Tour:
Workshop, 1:00pm St. Louis School Primary, Rathmines; Wednesday, May 23
Workshop and Concert, 10:00am Blakestown School Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin:
Concert of Sacred Music, 7:00pm with St. Louis Highschool Charleville
Rd. Rathmines, Dublin
Gorey: Thursday, May 24 Concert of Sacred Music, 8:00pm (free will offering)
St. Michael's Church Gorey, Co. Wexford
Clonard, Wexford: Friday, May 25 Primary School Presentation, 11:15 AM
Kennedy Park School Primary School Presentation, 1:15 PM
Scoil Mhuirez Coolcotts, Wexford, Concert of Sacred Music, 7:30 PM (free
Church of the Annunciation Clonard, Co. Wexford Wexford & Our Lady's Island
Saturday, May 26 Choral Workshop, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Bunclody Pastoral Centre
(cost is €10 or €40 for a group of 5)
Vigil Mass, 7:00 PM Our Lady's Island
Clonard and Enniscorthy Sunday, May 27 (Pentecost Sunday) Pentecost Mass,
11:15 AM Church of the Annunciation Clonard, Co. Wexford
Diocesan Service of Send-Off to the Eucharistic Congress, 8:00 PM St.
Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Ireland
Wednesday, May 30 Concert of Sacred Music, 7:30pm Church of the Immaculate
Conception and St. Joseph Attymass, Co. Mayo.
Ross Choral Festival 18th
- 20th May 2012 will see New Ross host its 28th AIMS Choral Festival with
20 competitions across two days for Junior and Adult competitions. The
AIMS Choral Festival is noted for its high competitive standards set by
our renowned panel of adjudicators together with its friendly informal
atmosphere. Overall, the festival attracts over 1,000 participants with
the best of choral music in all its many forms.There
is a sacred music competition on the Sunday - 20th May. Venue: St. Michaels
Theatre, Pastoral Centre & The Parish Church, New Ross.
News to Go! Good
News To Go! is an Invitation to Young Adults, an initiative of the
Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism of the Archdiocese of Dublin.
It Will take place on Thursday 17 May - in Clarendon Street Church, Dublin
2, at 7:30pm. Music will be led by Ian Callanan, Prayers by young people,
Catechesis will led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Young people from around
the Archdiocese of Dublin are invited to attend. For more information
contact: email - email@example.com - and on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/EvangelisationDublin
SpiriT IV took place in the INEC Killarney on March 6th and it is reported
there was a full house at both morning and evening shows (almost 3500
in total). The Teen SpiriT project will be taking on a new direction in
the future, and the big shows are coming to an end in their present format.
However, Teen SpiriT is coming to Dublin with a show on Sunday 29th April
in the Olympia Theatre, and the team has been working with a number of
Leinster based choirs for the past number of months. The Irish
Catholic will be running a feature on the project next week and
RTE's Would You Believe has been covering the progress to date
also and will be airing their show on Sunday April 22nd. All the information
on the upcoming show can be found online at here,
along with concert footage of the Killarney Show last year, photos of
this year's TSIV show, as well as other parish resources and reflections
that can be downloaded. Contact details for those who wish to know more
are also on the website as well as info on other projects the Teen SpiriT
choirs have been involved in over the past number of years.
Days 13th & 14th April 2012 - On April 13th 1742, Handel’s 'Messiah' premiered
on Fishamble Street here in Temple Bar. This year, Temple Bar Cultural
Trust invite you to join themagain as theycelebrate Handel and his Dublin
connections including the annual performance of 'Messiah on the Street'
on Friday 13th April at 1pm. The following day, Saturday 14th April, at
Adam and Eve's Church on Merchant's Quay there's a special performance
by Our Lady's Choral Society in a Handel Celebration concert. More info
Sr Rose Talk Sr
Rose Pacette (see item below) will give a talk on Catholicism and Film
Sun 15th Apr 6:30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Bachelors Walk, Dublin
and Media Talk Saturday
14th April at 7pm , at Dal Riada Faith and Family Centre, Avoca Ave, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin . Sr. Rose Pacatte will be speaking on the topic of Media and
the Family. In this session Sister Rose will present and explore the strategy
of “media mindfulness” — a method of engaging the media and popular culture
through the eyes of faith and responsible citizenship in a globalized
world. Sr. Rose Pacette is a Daughter of St Paul and Director of the Pauline
Center for Media Studies, Los Angeles. Sr. Rose holds an M. Ed in Media
Studies from the University of London (UK) and a Certificate in Pastoral
Communications from the University of Dayton. She is the co-author of
the Lights, Camera…Faith! Series. Her other titles include: The
Nativity Story: A Film Study Guide for Catholics and Into Great
Silence: A Film Study Guide (both Pauline Books & Media). She is also
the editor of The Nativity Story: Contemplating Mary’s Journeys of
Faith (Pauline, 2006). Host for the occasion: Douglas Fahleson, a
Catholic filmmaker, international film festival judge and an artistic
associate of SIGNIS – the World Catholic Association for Communication.
more information, please contact Douglas, 085 2468311, firstname.lastname@example.org
Play at Ballintubber Abbey
There will be a Passion Play at Ballintubber Abbey, Calemorris Abboey,
Co Mayo, from April 2nd to April 4th, in the Abbey grounds at 9 pm each
Reflection, Music There will be an Evening of Prayer, Reflection and Music at
St. Mary’s Dominican Church, Pope’s Quay, Cork. Sat 3rd March 7-10pm for
the 16-35 age group. Music will be provided by Youth 2000.
for Cantors Patrice O'Connor will present a course for cantors on a series
of three Wednesday evenings - Feb 22nd, Feb 29th and March 7th, at Clonliffe
Colle, Dublin, 8 pm to 9.30 pm each night. Cost is 15 Euro. Contact the
Liturgy Resource Centre 01-8087554
Way Screening Screening of The Way, film with Martin Sheen about the
Camino de Santiago, Tues night 20th March 7 pm St Genesius Film Club,
8 Ely Place Dublin 2. Includes a talk by Fr Eamon Monson. Discussion and
drinks after wards.
TV Mass from Knock On
Saturday, 17th March at 11:30 in the morning, RTÉ ONE will broadcast live
from Knock Shrine, the Mass for Saint Patrick’s day. This live transmission
will be received in 144 national media territories around the globe, delivering
it to 148 million viewers. Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Richard Gibbons, Parish
Priest of Knock Composer of AIFREANN MHUIRE AN CHNOIC (The Knock Mass):
Sr. Marie Dunne, CHF. Choir: Cantairí Óga Chnoc Mhuire (The Young Knock
Singers) Soloist: Patricia Bourke D’Souza Produced and Directed by: Kairos
Communications, Divine Word Missionaries, Ireland Executive Producer:
Roger Childs, Editor - RTÉ Religious Programmes (Radio and TV)
The Mass will be introduced by a 5-minute film, in English, to contextualise
both the place and the participants. This unprecedented international
broadcast of St. Patrick’s Mass from Ireland provides opportunity for
the Irish, their relatives and friends around the globe, to connect with
loved ones at home through the celebration of the Eucharist on Saint Patrick’s
Matthew Passion at the Pro-Cathedral
Bach's St Matthew Passion will be performed at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral
on Sunday March 25th. Performers will include: The Dublin Bach Singers,
the Pro-Cathedral Girls Choir and the Orchestra of St Cecelia. Tickets
cost 25 Euro and are available from the Central
Ticket Bureau and the Pro-Cathedral Office (01-8745441)
2012 Tickets are now available for the Emmanuel concerts - massed
school choirs singing religious music in the O'Mahony Hall at The
the grounds of DCU. It's on 13th, 14th and 15th March. Booking from the
Helix Box Office (01-7007000) and online.
Emmanuel is a project of the Dublin Diocesan Commission for Sacred Music
and promotes the use of Sacred Music in Secondary Schools. Over 40 Schools
and their choirs will participate in a spectacular evening of music from
this programme. The orchestra, massed choirs will be conducted by Ian
Callanan, a member of the Music Commission.
Passion Play On Saturday March 10th, at Wexford
Opera House, The Camross Passion Play will be performed in conjunction
with the Ferns Diocesan Committee as part of the International Eucharistic
Congress which takes place in Ireland in 2012.The Play is based on the
world famous Oberammergau script and Camross first performed it as a Millennium
Project in 2000. They performed it again in 2005 and were part of the
RTE Easter ceremonies which were televised in St Aidan’s Cathedral in
2008. More info and booking here.
Symphonies The Sacred Symphonies
by Gabrieli will be performed in the Domed Hall at Dublin City Hall on
Sat Feb 18th at 6pm. The concert will feature the Resurgam Choir. Adm
Concert GOSPEL VOICES is an event bringing in one place, on one night
a taste of some of Ireland's favourite gospel sounds - from traditional
to contemporary sounds, RnB sounds; sounds from Ireland and sounds and
rhythms brought to Ireland from Africa, South America, Europe and US and
beyond. featuring live performances from a diverse line up including:
SIMPLE FAITH, the AFRICAN GOSPEL CHOIR & ADENIYI, KHANYAH, NONO, DUBLIN
GOSPEL CHOIR, GRACE AMAH, VICTORY GOSPEL CHOIR, RCCG PRAISE TEAM and more...
SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012 VICTORY CENTRE, TALLAGHT. Doors open 6:30pm Show
starts 7:00pm. More info here.
Way The Way film, featuring Martin Sheen, which is now available on
DVD, will be given a special showing at the Seamus
Ennis Cultural Centre, The Naul, Co. Dublin on Thurs 26 Jan at 8.30
pm. More info and booking here.
The film focuses on a journey on the pilgrim way of Santiago de Compostella.
Gospel Choir in Navan Dublin Gospel will perform in Navan, Co
Meath, on Friday 16 December 2011
at the new Swan Lane
Music Venue , beside the Ardboyne Hotel, Dublin Road. Starts 8.00pm
Film The St Genesius
Film Society meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Knights
of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2, at 7pm. This month's film is Nativity!
(2009) a comedy about a school nativity play. All welcome for film,
chat and refreshments.
Service There will be an ecumenical carol even at the Mansion House,
Dawson St, Dublin on Sat 17th December at 3.30 pm. The singing will be
led by Cantaraí Avondale. The event is orgainsed by the Catholic
Archdiocese's Office of Evangelisation and the Church of Ireland Diocesan
Council for Mission.
Youth Festival There's an Advent Youth Festival on Sat Dec 10th in Clonard
Monastery in Belfast. Clonard and Down and Connor folk groups will
provide the music.
Concert The annual Christmas
concert of the Pro-Cathedral's Palestrina Choir will take place on Dec
8th in the RDS. Booking from Ticketmaster.
Presentation in Tallaght The story of the
first Christmas features in The Church of St Martin de Porres, Oldbawn,
Tallaght from December 10th. A model of Bethlehem has been constructed
for the occasion. Adm is free, school groups are welcome - phone 01-4510160.
Handel's Messiah will be performed in the Grand Canal
Theatre, Dublin on Sundays 4th and 11th December, featuring Cara O’Sullivan,
soprano ; Tara Erraught, mezzo ; Ross Scanlon, tenor ; John Molloy, bass;
Galway Baroque Singers; Irish Philharmonic Orchestra; David Brophy, conductor.
Concert starts 8 pm and tickets are available from Ticketmaster
from 25 Euro.
at the National Concert Hall Some events coming up at the National Concert Hall: Sun 18
Dec 3.15 pm and 8 pm: Carols by Candlelight; Mon 19th Dec 8 pm: Christmas
Carol Singalong; Tues 20 Dec: The Glory of Christmas. Details and booking
Hallows Christmas Event On Fri 16th/Sat 17th Dec All Hallows College is hosting a Liam
Lawton concert with stayover. On the Friday night there's dinner, a recption
and Lawton concert. There's B and B, with a morning workshop "Reflections
on the Journey" with Sr Moya Curran. Cost is 80 Euro - booking info
(deadline Dec 9th) here.
Event THE DUBLIN GOSPEL
CHOIR @ ST KEVIN’S PARISH CHURCH, Tinahely
Courthouse Arts Centre, Sunday 18 December @ 8pm With Special Guests
the Dublin Gospel choir for the very first time are ANTHONY MORGAN’S INSPIRATIONAL
CHOIR OF HARLEM, (A.M.I.C.O.H.) New York. The group comprises 6 vocalists,
gifted singers who have travelled the world singing and performing for
people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. A.M.I.C.O.H’s distinct collaboration
of voices, known for its versatile sound, brings their unique and carefully
handpicked talent to the stage with a soulful and unique style. Booking
Lawton 20th Anniversary Tour. Celebrating
20 years - This year marks 20 years since Liam's music was first published,
in the USA. From Edenderry, Co Offaly, Liam went to study arts in Maynooth,
then took a different route and studied Theology. In 1984 he was ordained
as a Priest for Kildare & Leighlin. Dates and venues for Tour (some venues
can be booked online at Ticketsireland)
November 27th St Patrick's Church, Lurgan Tickets : 07879 662588 December
Saturday 3rd Iontas, Castleblaney Co.Monaghan Tickets: 042 9753400 (Not
available @ www.ticketsireland.ie - Box office only) Thursday 8th Knock
Shrine (St John's rest & care centre) Co.Mayo Tickets: Knock Shrine office
: 094 9388100 Sunday 11th Holy Family Church, Newington Ave,Belfast Tickets:
Holy Family Church Prestbytery : 9074 3119 Tuesday 13th Church of the
Immaculate Conception, Castlecomer,Co.Kilkenny Tickets: Parish Office:
056 4441262 Wednesday 14th St Jospeh's Church Limerick Tickets: Parish
Office: 061 313401 / 087 2348226 Thursday 15th St Peter & Paul's Church,
Porlaoise Tickets: Dunamaise Art Centre: 057 866 3355 / Parish Centre:
057 8621142 (Not available @ www.ticketsireland.ie - Box office only)
Friday 16th All Hallows College Church Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland.
Tickets: 041 98 25793 / 087 74760078 Sunday 18th St Colman's Church, Massforth,
Kilkeel Newry Tickets: 07792006678 Monday 19th Cork Opera House Cork Tickets:
(0) 21 - 427 0022 (Box Office) (Not available @ www.ticketsireland.ie
- Box office only) Wednesday 21st The Moat Theatre,Naas Co. Kildare Phone:
045 883030 (Box Office) (Not available @ www.ticketsireland.ie - Box office
Choir The Palestrina Choir of Dublin's Pro-Cathedral has released
a recording of sacred music and reflections. Linked to the International
Eucharistic Congress of 2012 in Dublin, the recording features the origial
performance of Panis Angelicus by John McCormack from the congress
of 1932, and a new version by current Palestrina tenor Jacek Wislocki.
Gospel Singers The Lucan Gospel Singers, under Musical Director Ian Brabazon,
will perform a concert in the Helix Glasnevin, Mahony Hall, on Fri 9th
December. The choir will perform well kniown gospel songs like Happy
Day and Joyful Joyful, and songs specially arranged for the
choir. More info and booking here.Tickets
of Life New film The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick
(Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World) opens
in Ireland on Friday 8th July, featuring much spiritual and religious
content. The Book of Job provides some of the inspiration. It won the
Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and stars Brad Pitt, Sean
Penn and Fiona Shaw. The film dates from 2009, but distribution problems
have delayed it. The IMDB entry is here,
and there's a perceptive review from Decent Films here.
There are several clips (including clip on left) at wingclips.com
Click play button on bottom left of clip to watch
the clip on this page.
[for review of this film see blog]
Capella, In Capello Cork Chamber Choir presents its first concert since winning
the Premier National Competition for Chamber Choirs at the Cork International
Choral Festival 2011. The concert will to bring to Triskel's exquisite
new venue Christchurch the kind of music that was written for such a space
- A Capella music, composed to inspire and honour the divine with the
power of the human voice alone. The choir has chosen some of their favourite
sacred works by renaissance and modern composers, from Lotti's magical
Crucifixus written in 1717 to John Taverner's The Lamb written in 1985.
The concert takes place on Sat 19th November 6pm-7pm. €10 / €7 (concession).
More info here.
Underground The next event from Catholic
Underground Ireland will be on Saturday the 19th of November 2011
from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The location is in St. Mary of the Angels Church,
Church St., Dublin 7. There will be Holy Hour with Fr. Columba Jordan
CFR, followed by a concert of praise by The Dublin Gospel Choir. All are
welcome and it is a donation only event.
Irish Missionary Union,
as one of its initiatives for Mission Month October and Mission Sunday
(Oct 23rd) has announced a competition for second level schools. The theme
involves inequality and injustice, combined with the call to "Love
Your Neighbour" and students can do an essay, produce a creative
work or a piece based on original photo(s). There's a 200 Euro 1st prize
and a 100 Euro 2nd prize in each category. Deadline is Dec 1st and brochures
can be downloaded from here.
Carol Service There will be a carol service at the Church of the Defence
Forces, Arbour Hill, Dublin on Wed 7th December at 8 pm.
Talk "The Church as Patron of the Arts in the New Republic"
is the title of a talk coming up in All
Hallows College, Drumcondra on Wed 30th November 7.30 pm. Adm 10 Euro.
It's subtitles "A case study of All Hallows in the 1940s and 1950s",
and will be given by Sighle Breathnach-Lynch, former curator of the National
Galery. The focus will be on works by Sir John Lavery and Evie Hone among
many others and there will be a chance to view various art works.
Lecture Continuing the
Autumn lecture series in the Central
Catholic Library, 74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2: Tuesday 22nd November,
poet John F. Deane on: “Ecce Homo : of Revolution and of Poetry” Further
details: email@example.com or 01-676 1264
with Meaning (Diocese of Cork
and Ross) Four evenings exploring themes of Faith, Loss, Hope and Transformation
using the medium of story and film Four evenings exploring themes of Faith,
Loss, Hope and Transformation using the medium of story and film, taking
place at the Ennismore
Retreat Centre November 8th 15th, 22nd, 29th at 7.30pm Facilitators;
Fr. Ben Hegarty. Fr. Stephen Cummins. Mr. Pat Sheehan.
Lawton Concert "Liam Lawton - A Night in November"
- concert in the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin on Sat 12th November 2011.
Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster (book here)on
Fri 24/6/11 at 9 am.
Concerts Liturgical music group Fuaimlaoi
have two concerts coming up this Autumn: Fuaimlaoi will perform at the
Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, on Sunday
October 16th at 8pm as part of the
town's Féile an Fhomhair festival. The programme will feature a broad
range of scriptural settings from the group's distinctive repertory. Fuaimlaoi
will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet. Fuaimlaoi has
also been invited to perform at St Joseph's Church, O'Connell Ave, Limerick
City on Sunday, November 13th at 7.30pm by the Limerick Choral Festival
Society. The group will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet.
Gospel Choir Among the Choir's upcoming dates : Dublin Gospel Choir in Concert.
Siamsa Tíre Theatre, Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry Saturday 12th November
Mass There will be a workshop featuring the music of Liam Lawton's
Glendalough Mass on November 9th at 7.30 pm in the Holy Rosary Church,
Bohernabreena, Co. Dublin. Contact Breda Carroll at 01-4141838.
Congress for Tralee The theme of this year's RE Congress
is "Come be Nourished - Share the Good News!" The third National
Religious Education Congress is for persons involved in the ministry of
religious education, evangelisation, liturgical ministry, and other related
ministries . This year it will be held in the Brandon Hotel Conference
Centre, Tralee 7 - 9 October The first two congresses (2007 and 2009)
attracted almost 500 participants from national and international communities.
This year it is hoped to improve on the number of participants and again
there will be a 'Youth Day' on Friday 7 October for post-primary students
and their chaperones. To book your place at the 2011 RE Congress download
the Congress flier, print it off and post it to: Brendan O'Reilly. Please
find the direct link to the RE Congress flier as follows: www.recongress.ie/application.pdf
Further information will be available on the RE Congress website at www.recongress.ie
of Life The
Centre in Bray Co. Wicklow will present a showing of the recent Terrence
Malick film Tree of Life on Mon 7th November at 8pm. For the Faitharts
review of this film see the blog entry for
12/7/11. More info and booking here.
Gospel Choir The renowned Harlem
Gospel Choir will play the following dates in Ireland:
Tues 25th Oct Navan, Solstice Arts Centre Tel: 046 9092300/, Wed 26th
Galway, Town Hall Theatre Tel: 091 569777; Thurs 27th Blanchardstown,
Draiocht Tel: 01 8852622; Fri 28th Ennis Glor Tel: 065 6843101; Sat 29th
Cork Opera House; Sun 30th Dublin, National Concert Hall Tel: 01 317000.
Mochta’s Concert "Songs for a Winter's Evening" Following last years very successful
concert, Mary Flynn, Soprano, together with Harpists Mary & Teresa O’Donnell
have come together with friends for ‘Songs for a Winters Evening’ II.
All proceeds will be donated to the Dublin 15 Hospice and The Rise Foundation.
The concert will take place in St. Mochta’s Church on Friday 21st October
at 8pm. Tickets €15 available from the Parish Office between 9.30am and
12.30pm Mon-Fri, from the Sacristy after all Masses or please contact
Sally at 085 2869380 or Mary at 087 2585398. The Rise Foundation is a
registered charity, founded by the singer Frances Black in 2008, focused
on the family of those in addiction.
Confess" at St Genesius The
St Genesius film society will meet on Tuesday October 18th at 7 pm, for
a showing of the Alfred Hitchcock film "I Confess" (1953), a
thriller with the seal of the confessional as part of the plot. Main stars
are Montgomery Clift, Karl Malden and Anne Baxter. All are welcome to
the event for the film, discussion and refreshments. Venue is knights
of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2. The Internet Movie Database entry
for the film is here,
the US Catholic Conference review is here,
and the review at Decent Films is here.
Fraser Concert Brooke is a singer-songwriter from New Zealand, with several
best selling albums to her credit. She has worked with the Hillsong group
and her songs sometimes feature Christian elements. She will play a concert
in The Academy, Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1 on Sun 9th October. For more
info on this event click here,
and for a thought-provoking interview with Brooke, about Christian music
and her charity work, click here.
Lawton Workshop Workshop for Teachers: Liam Lawton is offering a workshop for
Teachers : Date: Thursday October 6th Time: 7:30p.m -9:30p.m. Venue: Mt
St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, Portarlington. Cost per person €15.
Each participant will receive a book of the Glendalough Mass and
CD. The book contains Choral Parts, Piano Accompaniment and Guitar Chords.
The introduction of the new Missal will begin in September of this year.
As well as learning new prayers there will also be a need for new music.
Liam Lawton has written a new setting for the prayers of the Mass called
The Glendalough Mass. This music is very suitable for use with
children and will be a great resource for teachers and choir directors
as they plan for First Communion, Confirmation and other celebrations
of the Eucharist throughout the school year. The Glendalough Mass is also
the music used for the Mass on the DVD accompanying the new resource for
teachers ’Come, Gather and Celebrate’; Praying the New Missal with Children’
written by Maeve Mahon and Elaine Mahon.
US singer-songwriter John Angotti who toured in Ireland this time last
year, and who played at World Youth Day in Madrid recently, will feature
in a live concert on the web on Wed 5th October. This can be viewed on
http://wlpmusic.com at 9.30 pm (Irish
time) 1.30 pm Pacific Standard Time). The concert, streamed from St Monica's
High School in Santa Monica California, will be followed by a Q and A
session, and then a repeat of the show at 12.30 am (Irish Time), 4.30
Day of Peace Event Wed Sept 21st marks the UN International Day of Peace, and
this year, Irish group Instruments of Peace are hosting an event in the
National Convention Centre on the quays in Dublin near the O2 and Financial
Services Centre. Last year's event involved singers and artists with same
goal of world peace. This year there will be keynote speakers and workshops.
There will be musical performances in between the speeches, each person
performing their talent with utmost care to enhance the spirit of the
Conference which is that of experiencing Peace rather than just of talking
about Peace issues. These musical pieces hope to knit together the different
themes and topics on Peace. More info and an opportunity to register here.
Liturgical composer Fr Liam Lawton will give a workshop on his "Glendalough
Mass" on Wednesday 28th September in St Joseph's Church, Templerainey,
Arklow. This Mass setting will be used at the Eucharistic Congress in
June 2012 in Dublin. Liam will sing the Mass and teach the parts. All
are welcome, the cost is 15 Euro, which includes a book and CD. Just turn
up on the night - no need to book in advance.
Painting Sale and more ... A congregration of sisters from St Elizabeth convent, Minsk,
in Belarus will set up a stall on Friday, September 30th after 6.15 mass
(which will be at about 7pm) .... in Mt Argus church , Kimmage , Dublin
They will be selling pottery (cups, bells, angels, candleholders), birch
bark boxes, hand-painted icons and pictures on semiprecious stones, wood-carved
crosses, small wooden and leather crosses, Russian Christmas tree decorations,
wooden Russian painted spoons and jars, Russian dolls, painted boxes and
other items. The proceeds are to support their work with adults and children
in Belarus with mental and physical disabilities. This is their site ....
with pics of icon painting etc http://www.obitel-minsk.by/obitel-minsk_mid710.html
Campbell Concerts American singer-songwriter
Kate Campbell will perform two shows in the North of Ireland - Fri Sept
23rd in the Bronte Music Centre, Rathfriland, Co. Down and Tues 27th Sept
in the Errigle Inn, Belfast. Campbell includes gospel songs (some quirky)
in her performances and lists Thomas Merton and Theresa of Avila among
her influences. More info on her website.
International Gospel Festival This year's INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL takes place
on Saturday 24 September, 6:30pm, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1. The festival
will feature major gospel choirs, and artists including Zanillya Farrell
(daughter of Bobby Farrell from the group Boney M), Dublin Gospel Choir,
The Redeemed Christian Church of God Praise Choir, multi-talented musician
and songwriter Adeniyi Allen Taylor. More info here.
upon a time...a week of storytelling and pilgrimage in the West of Ireland
with Megan Mc Kenna - some RE teachers will have seen her appearances
at RE Congresses. It will take place in the Gaeltacht area of Corca Dhuibhne
in South-West Kerry, Ireland. 21-27 August 2011. Booking form, brochure
and more information here.
Experience Skeilig Michael - a related event, with Mark Patrick Hederman
and San O'Duinn, monks of Glenstal Abbey, with music by the monks of Glenstal
and Nóirín Ní Riain. Dates Aug 24th - 25th. More
OF SOUL – AUGUST 13th 2011 On August 13th, The
Dublin Gospel Choir will perform a Night of Soul concert in aid of
The Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless people in our home church, St. Mary
of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7. The Capuchin Day Centre
provides meals and day care facilities for people who are homeless or
in need, and food parcels for those on the poverty threshold. In 2010
the centre provided 190,000 meals and 50,000 food parcels. They offer
medical assistance, showers and clothing as well as advice and a friendly
ear. The centre is not just about feeding people, but also giving them
a chance to regain their dignity and feel a little love. With this concert
we hope to raise both awareness and badly needed funds, to help the centre
continue its outstanding work. All profits raised from this concert will
go directly to The Day Centre. Tickets: www.ticketsireland.ie
Adult €15, €10 concession, €40 family Email: Info@dublingospelchoir.com
Youth Festival This year's Knock Summer Festival will
take place from 24th to 26th June. There will be workshops on music, drumming,
prayer, clay and pottery and more. Music will be provided by Elation Ministries,
and among the speakers will be Ronan Johnston (of Emmaus band and Spirit
Radio). For more details contact Knock Youth Ministry at 094-9388100,
087-6927850. More info here.
Festival The annual Youth Festival in Clonmacnois,
organised by Youth 2000, will take place 4th-7th August. Music always
forms an important part of the celebrations. For information and booking
Revised Schedule Cajun
band L'Angélus returns to Ireland this July. The band plays a wide
range of music, including Cajun, Gospel, roots, Americana. The revised
tour scedule is now as follows:
13th July: Bastille Day Celebration Whelan's Live, Dublin; Fri 15th July
7pm Dungiven Throwdown! Gortnaghey Community Centre Dungiven Co. Derry;
Sun 17th9 pm[corrected]
Gig Rig, The Lodge Cultural Centre, Castlewellan, County Down; Wed 20th
July 7.00.PM Tobar Mhuire Concert Series, Tobar Mhuire Monastery, Crossgar
Co. Down 22nd to 24th July Phil Murphy Weekend Colfer's Pub Carrig-on-Bannow
Co. Wexford, including Sacred Songs Concert Fri 22nd at 8 pm in local
church in Carrig-on-Bannow.
Other dates, if any, will be added here as they arise.
Church Music Summer School
This year's Summer School will take place in St Patrick's College, Maynooth,
Monday 4th to Friday 8th July. Guest director is Orla Barry, while tutors/composrers
attending include Monica Brown, Liam Lawton, Chris de Silva, Ronan McDonagh,
Bernard Sexton, John Columba McCann OSB and Ephrem Feeley. Website of
Irish Church Music Association here.
exhibition "There's Something About Mary", will be on display
at the Body and Soul festival at Ballinlough Castle Co. Meath on weekend
18th and 19th June, and at the Electric Picnic festival on Sept 24th.
It is a collection of over 400 images, paintings, icons, sculptures and
statues relating to Our Lady. Included are a Durer print of Mary, a "Madonna
of the Roses", "Our Lady of Limerick", an image of Mary
from the Vistoria and Albert Museum in London, and an Innisboffin Mary
by Marianne Heemskerk. The exhibition was previously on show in Ranelagh
in Dublin, and some of the items are on sale.
Gospel Choir Concerts
Faith and Arts Conference A Conference, "The Baptised Imagination",
will be held on Saturday, 25 June, at the Avila Carmelite Centre, Donnybrook,
Dublin 4, featuring two prominent keynote speakers: Fr. Michael Paul Gallagher,
esteemed theologian and author, and, from the U.S.: Mr. Gregory Wolfe,
flying in from Seattle to share his own vocation as writer and editor/publisher
of Image—Art, Faith, Mystery: a Journal of Artsand Religion
) The Conference will also have a special visual presentation on the
work of the Irish Iconographers Society for the upcoming Eucharistic Congress.
The AGM of the Irish Art/Faith Forum will bring the day to a close - the
Forum aims to bring about an active, well-organised and structured Irish
network to nurture the dialogue between contemporary creative arts and
the Christianity of today. Brochure and booking form can be sent on request
(use contact details on left).
Gospel This year's Athy Bluegrass Festival features
Bluegrass Gospel session at 12 noon on Sun 10th July. The festival is
hosted at the Carlton Abbey Hotel. For more info see the festival website:
Return Cajun band L'Angélus returns to
Ireland this July. The band plays a wide range of music, including Cajun,
Gospel, roots, Americana. Gigs arranged so far include the following:
Whelans Dublin, Wed 13th July, Fri 15th July: Gortnahey Community Centre,
Dungiven; Sun 17th - Castlewellan, Co Down; Mon 18th and Tues 19th Tobar
Mhuire Monastery Crossgar, Co. Down; Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford 22nd,
23rd and 24th July (Phil Murphy Weekend); Rosstrevor (Fiddler's Green
Festival) Mon 25th July.
Genesius Film Club St
Genesius Film Club, Dublin - Of Gods and Men, will now be shown
at 7pm Tue 28th June, Knights of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2. All
welcome. Normally there's a significant film on the third Tuesday of each
month, all welcome. St Genesius is a martyr, actor and a patron saint
of the arts. The
Fraternity of St Genesius is an approved spiritual association in
the Catholic Church, members commit themselves to praying for those involved
in the theatrical and cinematic arts, of which St Genesius of Rome is
the patron. The St Genesius Prayer Group meets in St Mary’s Church, Drogheda,
on the third Monday of each month 8pm. The St Genesius Blog is here.
Dame Choir in Pro-Cathedral On Thursday 9th
June , the acclaimed Notre Dame Glee Club will be performing at the Pro-Cathedral
on Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. The sixty-four strong male choral group
is recognised as one of the finest amateur musical ensembles in America,
and this exciting event will be a celebration of the musicianship and
brotherhood the choir embody, as well as of the Irish connection to the
University of Notre Dame. Events begin at 5:45 pm, and are free to the
public. The choir will sing at Mass first and perform a concert afterwards.
Saturday 11th June: Vigil night in Newbridge for the feast of Pentecost
It will start at 9pm and run through to 1am The Maynooth Gospel choir
are scheduled to play, also a local Taize group, Newbridge Folk Group
And other local groups ....... A Night of Worship and song in the presence
of Blessed Eucharist. Fr Ruairi O Domhnaill (head of vocations in the
Dioceses) will be celebrant for Holy Mass at midnight It is in Cill Mhuire
church in Newbridge.
Musical in Dublin Joseph and
the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Live at the Grand Canal Theatre
Tuesday 31st May - Saturday 11th June 2011 Tickets priced from €20.00
on sale now. Keith Jack will take the title role. Retelling the Biblical
story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this
familiar musical is full of well known songs including Any Dream Will
Do and Close Every Door To Me.
Jenkins' acclaimed work "Armed Man - A Mass for Peace" will
be performed at several venues after Easter. The work will be conducted
by the composer himself and will feature the RTE Concert Orchestra. Details:
Cork (City Hall) on Wednesday 27 April, Galway (Leisureland) on Thursday
28th, Dublin (NCH) on Saturday 30th and Limerick (UL) on Sunday 8 May.
Choir in Dundalk The
Sirin Choir from Moscow Russia sing church chants and spiritual verses
in St. Nicholas Church (The Green Church) Dundalk on 5 May 2011 … "beautiful
to hear and deeply affecting" (Irish Examiner, Ireland). The programme
will include modern day choral masterpieces such as Louth Contemporary
Music Society Commissions Arvo Pärt's The Deer's Cry and John Tavener's
O My People along with a selection of Church Chants and Spiritual
verses from the 15th and 16th centuries and a contemporary work by Ivan
Moody.Some of the Church Chants will be performed a cappella with a selection
of the spiritual verses accompanied by hurdy-gurdy, psaltery or violin.
There will also be a choral workshop in Orthodox Chant given by Ivan Moody.
Tickets for the Sirin Choir are available from www.centralticketbureau.com.
The Ticket prices is €10 0818 205 205. See also www.louthcms.org
Tickets for the choral workshop are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for the choral workshop cost €10 The choral workshop will take
place in St. Nicholas from 2-5pm on 5 May 2011.
Play in Mayo Ballintubber Abbey in Mayo is hosting
a Passion Play on Monday 18th April to 20th April at 9pm in the grounds
of the Abbey. It is the 23rd anniversary of this passion play.
Gods and Men" in Newbridge
A screening of the highly acclaimed film ‘Of Gods and Men’ will take place
in the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge on Mon 18th April at 8pm. Des
hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) by Xavier Beauvois of France has
won the first Prize for Best European Film of 2010 offered by the European
region of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication and
Media. Riverbank Arts Centre Main St. Newbridge Co. Kildare 045 448327
MESSIAH will be performed at the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Balbriggan
on Saturday 16 April 2011, 8pm by THE CULWICK CHORAL SOCIETY; Nicola Mulligan,
soprano; Laura Murphy, alto; Brian Gilligan, tenor; Gavan Ring, bass;
The Culwick Ensemble (leader Brona Fitzgerald); David Leigh, organist;
BERNIE SHERLOCK , conductor. TICKETS €12. Available from: The Parish Office.
Monday to Thursday from 9.30 to 5.00pm. The Parish Shop, after 10am Mass
Monday to Thursday and at each Mass at weekends. Goughs Shop (Vision Radio),
Dublin Street, Balbriggan. The Bagel Bar, Drogheda Street, Balbriggan.
Bookings through Michael Grimes, (01) 8413100 or Mobile 087 7618082 (any
is a project of the Diocese of Kerry for young Catholics to be involved
in journey of faith through music, word, scripture and image. On Sunday
10th April over 100 young people will take to the stage of Cork Opera
House at 8pm for the TeenpspiriT III concert featuring music, image and
reflection.TeenspiriT is a project of the Diocese of Kerry for young Catholics
to be involved in journey of faith through music, word, scripture and
image. Their music selection ranges from contemporary Christian songs,
to well known classics and the latest chart music with a message. The
evening is for all ages to come and experience teenagers celebrating their
faith together in this unique way. Preview of the evening will be on Nationwide
on RTE 1 on Wednesday 6th April. Tickets available from Cork Opera House.
Lawton Tour Details of Liam
Lawton's Spring Tour are as follows:Friday 8th April Cyms, Killorglin,
Co Kerry Tickets: Cyms, Killorglin Ph: 086 9762053; Thursday 12th May
Main auditorium, Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork Tickets:
Veritas, Caryes lane & Christian Brothers College Cork Ph: 021 4501653;
Friday 15th April Iontas Theatre, Castleblaney Tickets: www.iontascastleblayney.ie
Box office is 042 9753400; Friday 06th May Church of the Resurrection,
Farranree, Cork Tickets: Parish office Phone: 021 021 4932230.
Sound of Music A new production
of The Sound of Music will take the stage in the Grand Canal Theatre,
5th-30th April. Most
performances will feature Jason Donovan as
Capt von Trapp , with Verity Rushworth as Maria. More information and
Congress Project A day on the theme
of the International Eucharistic Congress for CEIST schools in the Cork
area. Venue: Sacred Heart Missionaries Western Road Cork. Date: Tuesday
29th March 2011 Time: 9.30 - 2.30 Speaker: Fr. Julian Greene, Director
I.E.C. England and Wales. Students are invited to bring musical instruments
for the day. As part of the initiative there's a Transition Year project,
which could have an arts component. Officially dattes have passed but
there may still be vacancies and a chance to get involved. For more details:
Lloyd Bracken, CEIST Faith Development Co-ordinator. Phone: 0861704643,
Rising Festival This year's Gospel Rising Festival will
take place in Portlaoise on weekend 6th - 8th May. There will be concerts,
gigs, street performances and workshops on Southern Gopel, Solo singing,
African drumming and more. More information here.
Coming Back to Ireland Cajun
band L'Angélus ( a family band that includes spiritual material
in their set) are returning to Ireland for a short tour at Easter. All
gigs are north of the border this time around. So far the only date confirmed
is for the Bronte
Centre in Rathfriland Co. Down for Holy Saturday night, 23rd April.
More venues will be posted here as they are confirmed. Venue information
is also available here.
[ADDED 13/2/11: full tour: April 21st: 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM Real Music
Club Real Music Club @ Errigle Inn Belfast Co. Antrim; April 23rd: 12.00.PM
- 02.00.PM Ulster American Folk Park Ulster American Folk Park Omagh Co.
Tyrone; 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM The Bronte The Brontë Rathfriland Co. Down;
April 24th: 12.00.PM - 02.00.PM Ulster American Folk Park Ulster American
Folk Park Omagh Co. Tyrone ; 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM The Lodge The Lodge Cultural
Centre Castlewellan County Down 25th April: 12.00.PM - 02.00.PM Ulster
American Folk Park Ulster American Folk Park Omagh Co. Tyrone ; 08.00.PM
- 10.00.PM Gortnaghey Community Centre Gortnaghey Community Centre Dungiven
Co. Derry April 26th: 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM Tobar Mhuire Monastery Crossgar
Kendzia, Liam Lawton and Carlow Cathedral
Events to celebrate the organ restoration in Carlow Cathedral: Sunday
February 20th, 4pm Concert with Tom Kendzia & Friends - Tom Kendzia ,
composer of sacred music and liturgical musician will host this afternoon
of music. Sunday March 6th, 8pm Formal Blessing of the Organ & Inaugural
Concert This concert will feature renowned Organist, Professor Gerard
Gillen, Emeritus Professor of Music NUIM & Organist at the Pro Cathedral,
local choirs, Cathedral Parish Choir, Cathedral Youth Choir, Cathedral
Schola, Carlow Choral Cór Míosa and Aspiro. Soloists: Liam Lawton & Kathleen
McDermott. Thursday March 31st, 8pm Musical Meditation on the Gospels
of Lent This evening of reflection will be led by Fr. Columba McCann OSB,
and will include readings and congregational singing. Sunday May 8th,
8pm Gala Organ Recital Featuring David Adams , Professor of Organ at RIAM
Friday June 3rd, 8pm Concert with Liam Lawton & Friends. Booking information
The Cathedral Parish Centre, College St, Carlow. Phone: 059 9164087 E-mail:
Of Gods and Men Now
showing in Dublin, at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin, the
film Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes et des Dieux)which tells
the true story of French monks who refused to leave their monastery in
Algeria, despite threats of violence from Islamic extremists. Currently
it's showing at 3.15pm and 8 pm daily. More info and booking here.
The National Board of Review (USA) voted it Best Foreign Language film
for 2010, and in the Independent Spirit Awards it was nominated as Best
[added 27/1/11: the film has also been nominated
for a BAFTA Award as Best Film not in the English Language]
As One - National Concert Hall 16 April 2011 8:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM,
Dublin County Choir and Choeur Polyphonique de Lévis, Quebec - Schütz
Magnificat for 2 choirs and Orchestra, Handel Hallelujah Chorus, Mascagni
Easter Hymn plus a widely varied & entertaining selection of music Two
choirs from two cities, Dublin and Quebec, celebrate their craft and cultures.
From the stunning multi-layered sonorities of the Schütz Magnificat to
the exuberance of When the Saints go Marching in. Presented by Dublin
Man - A Mass for Peace
30 April 2011 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Our Lady's
Choral Society, Karl Jenkins, conductor. An Irish first – The Armed
Man conducted by its composer Karl Jenkins. In an evening of his music,
experience his powerful, stirring ‘mass for peace’ live with the RTÉ Concert
Orchestra and Our Lady’s Choral Society, against a backdrop of evocative
images expressing the horror and futility of war. Part of the RTÉ Concert
Orchestra Signature Series 2011.
and Christianity Conference This conference
will take place in Rome on 5th-6th May 2010. From the event's official
website: A decade’s distance invites us to take stock of the Catholic
dimension in 20th-century literature and film, through the works of novelists,
poets, playwrights and screenwriters. Rather than focus exclusively on
“Catholic” authors, we also intend to examine the many works of non- Catholics
and non-believers in which Catholic habits of thought remain powerfully
present, as these authors wrestle with questions of moral conscience,
sexuality and love, the search for meaning, grace, sin, redemption, the
problem of evil, etc. Papers are invited for the conference. More info
Priests and the Brits The Priests' album
Noel has been nominated for best album award in the Classic Brit
Awards coming up on 12 May. The Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame and Aled
Jones are also nominated.
on the Street April 13th is Handel Day in Dublin. That
evening the much-loved performance of Messiah on the Street takes place
in the Old City area of Temple Bar at the original performance site of
the old Musick Hall on Fishamble Street, where Messiah premiered. The
popularity of this outdoor event is illustrated by the number of families,
people young and old and passers-by that gather, sing-along and raise
their arms in celebration to the popular Hallelujah Chorus. Conducted
by Proinnsías Ó Duinn, this unique choral performance by Our Lady’s Choral
Society with guest soloist Ross Scanlon and the National Sinfonia is an
unforgettable and joyous experience.
2011 The 5th Emmanuel
celebration of liturgical music in Second Level Schools will come to a
glorious conclusion in The Mahony Hall, Helix Centre on Wednesday & Thursday
23 & 24 March at 8.00 p.m.
With 45 schools and 1500 young people taking part it is necessary to have
two celebrations with half the number of singing students each night.
Book tickets at The
Helix to fill the venue and show support. Dublin Diocese is constantly
trying to integrate the music from the Emmanuel programme into diocesan
and parish celebrations. More info here.
Choral Festival The Limerick Choral
Festival (previous the Festival of Church Music will take place on the
weekend on 25th to 27th March, in various locations in the city, especially
the Redemptorist Church on South Circular Road, the Augustinian Church
in O'Connell St, and St Joseph's Church in O'Connell Ave. The festival
features competitions, concerts, workshops and a festival club. The composer-in-residence
is John Columba McCann OSB, while the organist-in-residence is Paul McKeever.
For more information click here.
is an evening of Prayer and Praise created to give a consistent experience
of worship to all who wish to attend. Its will consist of Prayer through
music, time of silence, and a reflection on scripture from various guest
speakers. All are welcome. For more details please contact 0879404299.
Details: Friday, March 25 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm, Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone.
The event will also take place on on April 29th and May 27th, same venue.
More information from Elation
Ministries, and on Facebook.
Vocal Band The Gaither
Vocal Band is a renowened, and Grammy winning, American Southern Gospel
group. They will give a concert at the Odyssey Area in Belfast, on Wed
March 9th. Tickets from Ticketmaster.
of Praise The Elijah Fellowship
have a Festival of Praise in Clarendon St Oratory, Dublin 2 on Mon 21st
March at 7 pm. There will be music, prayer, healing and a cuppa. Facebook
page for the event here.
Congress This year's high-profile RE Congress
from Anaheim in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is broadcast live on the
web 18th-20th March. The live webcast is here;
full schedule and link to webcast is here.
A worshop with Liam Lawton is included, there's an interview with film
critic Fr Richard Leonard SJ; Friday night features a concert "Festival
Lawton Workshop Reflecting on Hope: A day with Liam Lawton,
for teachers in schools of the CEIST trust - a day of Story, Song and
Prayerful Optimism 9.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. Tuesday 8th March 2011 - The
New Theatre, Temple Bar; Wednesday 9th March 2011 - Ferkin Crane Art Centre,
Cork. Join Fr. Liam will present a time of music, reflection and discovery
of “the hope that lies not on distant shores, but at the very heart of
your own soul” (Liam Lawton – The Hope Prayer) Bookings please, ideally,
(there may be places after that) by Friday 18th February to: Lloyd
Bracken, email: email@example.com
Radio Spirit Radio is
Ireland’s first national Christian radio station. It will launch officially
on Thurs 27th January 2011 [corrected!], and is currently available online
only, at www.spiritradio.ie
. This from the statiion's website: "Spirit Radio plays a mix
of contemporary Christian and positive secular music. We play a more contemporary
mix of upfront music in the evenings from 7-10pm (local Irish time/ GMT)
aiming at a new generation. "
2010 Details of Emmanuel
2010 have been circulated to schools. The mailing includes a songbook
for this year's material, which includes songs by Liam Lawton and John
is a high profile gathering of school choirs and singers in Dublin Diocese.
The major event will take place in The Helix theatre on 23rd and 24th
March 2011. Inservice days for teachers will take place on November 23rd
(Clonliffe College) and November 25th (Gort Mhuire, Dundrum). Application
forms should be sent in by November 5th. For more details contact Grainne
Clinton at the Liturgy Resource Centre, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3. Tel:
Angotti Christmas Album Welcome
Home for Christmas is John Angotti's Christmas album and features
new songs and Christmas classics like Away in a Manger, Mary Did You
Know, Ave Maria, and What Child is This. Audio samples and
download at iTunes
, and it's now possible to order the album at €13.99 from a private
supplier in Ireland - just email Faitharts
on Christmas Day This
is a new Christmas album from US roots singer Kimmie Rhodes, due for release
Mon Nov 15th. Most of the tracks are original, with two old favourites
Carol of the Bells and What Child is This. Samples of the songs
can be heard at Amazon.
Kimmie Rhodes will be on tour in Ireland to promote the album with a series
of Christmas concerts: 28th Nov in Coleraine, at The Flowerfield
Arts Centre; 2nd Dec in The Naul, at The Seamus
Ennis Centre; 3rd and 4th Dec in Rathfriland, Ireland at The
Bronte Center. Check venues for details and booking.
Sessions The popular TV
series The Transatlantic Sessions is coming live to the Grand Canal
Theatre on Sat January 29th. The performers include US gospel singer Ashley
Cleveland. God Don't Never Change, her most recent album (2009),
features songs rooted firmly in a "...host of traditions -- black spirituals,
folks songs, 18th century hymns, gospel blues, and jubilee." The disc
was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album.
At the time of writing a free MP3 download of one of her songs is available
More information, and booking options at Ticketmaster.
is a praise and worship event for young people featuring music group Elation
Ministries. It will take place in the Prince of Wales Athlone Friday, January
28, 2011 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm. More info on Facebook.
Elation also feature in a Music
Ministry Workshop on Nov 21st 2010 in
Whitefriar St, Dublin 2. See the Elation Website for more
Experience" Film Showing On Tuesday 15
February there will be a showing of the film The Human Experience
at the St Genesius Film Club, 8 Ely Place, Dublin (off St Stephen's Green)
at 7 pm. This is an award winning documentary on the meaning of life.
The Faitharts review of the film is here -
see entry for 11/12/09. The event will include an introduction by Fr Paulus
of the Greyfriars in Moyross.
Lawton for Eurovision This year the
songs competing to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest will
be performed on the Late Late Show on Friday Feb 11th. Among the entries
is Send Me An Angel, written by liturgical composer Liam Lawton
and sung by the Vard Sisters.
Voices 2011 GOSPEL VOICES 2011 is a gospel compilation
CD showcasing gospel music from Ireland. GOSPEL VOICES 2011 will feature
gospel hits from Discovery Gospel Choir, Dublin Gospel Choir, Gardiner
Street Gospel Choir, Ennis Gospel Choir, Adeniyi and the African Gospel
Choir, Gospo Remix, Debsandy, Anton Cullen, Victory Gospel Choir, Chris
Kabs, Dorcas More O'Ferrall, and The Proof. The CD will be launched at
a gospel concert featuring Dublin Gospel Choir, Ennis Gospel Choir, Discovery
Gospel Choir, Victory Gospel Choir, The Proof, Gospo Remix, Alva, Adeniyi
and more, in the Victory Centre in Tallaght on Sat 29th January at 6 pm.
More info here.
Lawton Concerts Re-Scheduled Some of Liam Lawton's
pre-Christmas concerts were cancelled due to snow. These have now been
re-scheduled as follows: Venue: St. Marys Church, Kilsaran, Co. Louth
- January 7th Venue: St. Colmans Church, Claremorris, Co. Mayo - January
6th Venue: St. Marys Secondary School Gym, Edenderry - January 22nd Venue:
Holy Cross Church, Dunmore East, Co Waterford – January 16th Venue: Christ
Church Cathedral Dublin - February 17th All
concerts at 8pm. Please note that all tickets
purchased for original concert dates will be valid for new dates
Stamp Issue Religious
artwork appears on this year's Christmas
An Post. They are designed by Steve Simpson and feature images of stained
glass windows from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St Brigid's
Church in Roscommon. More info and online ordering here.
Also from An Post: Christmas carols will be sung every weekday lunchtime
in the GPO.
Cathedral Event On Sunday 19th Dec at 8.30 pm there will
be a carol service - "Love Came Down at Christmas" in Carlow
Cathedral. The event will feature the Cathedral Parish Choir, Youth Choir
and Schola, Cór Míosa, Aspiro, the girls from Scoil Muire Gan Smál and
the boys from Bishop Foley N.S. accompanied by Carlow Youth Orchestra.
This year also welcomes back the voice of the refurbished and restored
organ of the Cathedral.
Workshops In Glenstal Abbey,
Limerick, Noirín Ní Rian has been hosting a number of chant workshops
. The workshop on November 6th, is for those who have died. The day is
dedicated to the memory of John O Donohoe. There are also Advent/Christmas
related workshops in December: * December 11th will explore this celebration
through a new lens of insight and experience on those popular Advent and
Christmas songs which have become lifeless and dull through an age-old,
over exposure through the media. * December 18th will focus in on the
O Antiphons, the marvellous Plain Chant sound of this time. More info
and booking here.
Arts Workshops Emmaus Retreat Centre are running a series
of 4 Tuesday evenings workshops on creative ways to plan Christmas prayer
services, carol services and nativity plays. The sessions will involve
general drama skills including mime, role play and the art of story telling.
These session will hopefully appeal to teachers, youth leaders, parish
liturgy groups and parish volunteers. Facilitator: Sean Beckett November
16th, 23rd, 30th & December 7th. More info and booking here
for Peter McVerry Trust The 2010 Carol Service will take place
on Sunday 5th December in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, at 7.30pm.
Pat Kenny will host this special event again this year. Music includes:
Appasionata String Quartet; Christmas carols performed by Dublin Gospel
Choir, Tallaght Choral Society, Nikki Foy Kavanagh and RTE's Cór na nóg.
Father Peter McVerry will also be addressing the crowd with his Christmas
message. This is a ticket only event. Tickets cost €25/€20 concession
and can be purchased by telephoning the fundraising office 01 8230776
or you can pay and order tickets online, and they will be posted to you
- Click here
for more details.
Handel's Messiah The Culwick Choral Society presents their
21st annual charity performances of Handel's Messiah on Wed.1st and Thurs.2nd
December 2010. The Choir of over one hundred voices will be joined by
four soloists in the medieval St. Patrick's Cathedral, a mere stone's
throw from Fishamble Street, site of the first performance of Messiah
in 1742, proceeds from which were donated to local charities. The Culwick
Choral Society continues that great tradition by donating proceeds from
their annual Messiah performances to selected Irish charities. This year's
charity is One Family, provider of specialist support services for one-parent
families in Ireland. Tickets €30 from One Family, St Patrick's and Ticketmaster.
Men's Conference The Ronan Johnston
Band will be providing the music at the Catholic Men's Conference Meant4More
on Sun 21 Nov 2010 in the Ballsbridge Inn, Pembroke Rd, Dublin 4. Speakers
will include Mickey Harte, Manager Tyrone Football Team, Rob Clarke, CEO
of Spirit Radio and Bishop Donal McKeown of Down and Connor. More info
on the event's Facebook
Choral Society The Carlow Choral
Society will be performing – Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor. Faure’s
Requiem with the Kilkenny Choir – musical director Philip Edmondson. This
will be the first public event that the newly refurbished organ in the
Cathedral will be played. Next year the Cathedral will be hosting a number
of events to celebrate the newly restored organ. Details of these events
will be announced shortly. Conductor – Blanaid Murphy Organist – Datten
Magee Venue Carlow Cathedral Date and Time Sunday November 21st 2010 at
4pm (sharp) Cost €20 ( or €15 with concession) Tickets are available on
door or contact Stephen on 086-2448718
Chaplains' Conference The School Chaplains'
Association of Ireland is holding their annual conference Wednesday
24th - Friday 26th November 2010. Place: Heritage
Hotel, The Town Centre, Portlaoise. Conference
Theme: "Walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8) Guest
Speaker: Sr. Ann Teresa - "The Story of our Time".Keynote
Speaker: Dr. Shane Martin - "Help to manage ourselves on our own faith
jouney." A sing somg is promised for the Thursday night after dinner.
There are several workshops
available. Conference Fee: 90 euro; Conference Dinner: 35 euro; More
information from the Association
Tate Concert American
gospel singer Paul Tate will play a concert at Mary Bellew House, Dominican
Campus, in Cabra. It's at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 27. Paul Tate
has work on some of Liam Lawton's material for GIA publications. Samples
of his own music can be heard here.
Tate's latest album Unto Us is a collection of songs for Advent,
Christmas and beyond. More info on the album here.
Feast of Life - Musical Event The Feast of Life is a musical
written by Maty Haugen based on St Luke's Gospel. It will be performed
as part of the ending of the Year of Evangelisation. Performers are from
the members of Brackenstown and Whitehall parishes, with Pro-Nuova from
the Pro-Cathedral. Venue is the Pro-Cathedral, on Thurs 25th November
at 8 pm. Adm €10, €5 Concession. Details: 01-8379253 ext 239.
More info here.
Jeweller's Shop The St Genesius Drama Company presents
The Jeweler's Shop (a play by Karol Wojtyla) Saturday 27th November ...
7:30pm Sunday 28th November ... 7:30pm Fatima School Hall, Dublin Road,
Drogheda Tickets: 5 euro www.stgenesius.com
Gospel Choir Dates 27 Jul at 8pm
Enchanted Summer Evening - John Field Room, National Concert Hall; 05
Aug at Time tbc Clonakilty Waterfront Festival, Clonakilty; 08 Aug at
8pm FAI National Awards - RTE September 2010; 04 Sep at 8.30pm Night of
Soul - Roundwood Parish, Wicklow; 05 Sep at 12pm Electric Picnic; 24 Sep
at 10pm Galway Oyster Festival; 25 Sep at 8pm International Gospel Festival
- The Helix, Dublin; 02 Oct at 8pm TLT Drogheda www.thetlt.ie; 09 Oct
at 8pm Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo - 071 916 1518; 23 Oct at 8pm Belfast
Festival at Queens - May Street Church.
Lawton - The Hope Prayer Tour Following on from his book ‘The Hope
Prayer’ Liam Lawton will present a series of performaces which explore
the stories and songs behind the man and his book. Such themes as Love,
Loss, Hope and Healing are presented with anecdotes and reflections from
the Book linked with some new and old songs. Dates: 12th September St
Carthages Church, Lismore, Co.Waterford Tickets: 087 7704466 (after 6pm);
16th September Moat Theatre, Kildare Tickets: 045 883030; 24th September
The Barbican, St. Peters Parish Centre, Drogheda,Co.Louth Tickets: 046
90 51814; 25th September Patrick Kavanagh Theatre, Inniskeen, Co.Monaghan
Tickets: 042 937 8560; 26th September Backstage Theatre, Longford Tickets:
043 3347888; 30th September An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Tickets: 074 91 20111 / 074 9120777; 2nd October The Venue Theatre Ratoath,
Co.Meath Tickets: 01 6895600; 7th October Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise
Tickets: 057 866 3355; 8th October The strand theatre, Carrick on suir
Tickets: 051-645050; 9th October The Ramor Theatre Virginia, Co.Cavan
Tickets: 049 8547074.
Gospel Choir The choir singing in a concert in Bray
on the 5th of November to fundraise for Bray Cancer Support Group who
have to move offices. Also performing are the Bray Gospel Choir and Niamh
Murray. Watch this space for updates on time and location of the concert.
Festival in Waterford This year as part of the Waterford Festival
of Light Opera, there's a Gospel Festival included. Among the performers
will be the famous London Community Gospel Choir (Saturday 6th November,
Cathedral of the most Holy Trinity, Waterford ) and the Dublin Gospel
Choir (Friday 12th November, Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford). For more
information check here.
Angotti Concert Tickets
go on sale through Ticketmaster
this coming Friday 23rd July for the John Angotti
Sept 19th concert
in Vicar Street. There's now also a Facebook
page for “John
Angotti’s Irish Tour”. Full itinerary: Sept 15th: Mission Day Lurgan/Craigavon/Banbridge
Schools Sept 16th: Mission Day Newry/Bessbrook/Ballygawley Schools Sept
17th: Mission Day Arklow Schools Sept 18th: 2nd Chance Mass; St Andrew's
Westland Row, Dublin Sept 19th: Vicar St Concert. John Angotti is a full
time music missionary who travels throughout many parts of the world providing
inspirational music and witness to all ages through concerts, workshops,
retreats, missions, conferences, and worship.
Angotti Catholic gospel singer and recording artist John
Angotti will be on a short Irish tour with his band this September.
Angotti, who performed at this year's Religious Education Conference in
Anaheim, California, will be involved in workshops and performances. Main
event will be in Vicar Street, Dublin, on Sunday 19th September. More
details to follow. Contact Áine
for more details.
Exhibition Running March to June 2010 in Rome is
an exhibiton of the work of renowned artist Caravaggio. For more information
and an article on the works on show click here.
Whistle Down the Wind This
stage musical will play in the Grand canal Theatre Dublin, from 11th to
22nd May 2010. Jonathan Ansell, lead vocalist in X-Factor runners-up G4,
has been cast in his musical debut, starring in Bill Kenwright's production
of Jim Steinman and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down The Wind, a
stage adaptation of the 1961 novel by Mary Hayley Bell, which was
also made into a film starring Hayley Mills and Alan Bates. The stage
version is set in the American deep south just before Christmas, and follows
three children who discover a man hiding in the barn on the farm where
they live. Thinking him to be Jesus, they hide him from the adults in
their community to protect him from harm, not realising that he is in
fact an escaped criminal. More info and booking at Ticketmaster.
Soundtrack available from Amazon.
at Spirit Radio Presenters (Full-Time
and Part-Time) are sought for music driven radio shows on Spirit
Radio. Successful candidates will engage with the listener through
real life experiences and have the ability to sound natural on air – Topical
and observational links come with natural ease. The ideal candidate must
have a grasp of adult contemporary radio and of the contemporary Christian
music scene. Strong communication skills and an ability to connect with
the listener are essential. A minimum of 2 years on-air radio experience
is preferred. Willing to work within a formatted radio environment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for receipt of applications is October 31st 2010
Divine Vocal Harmonies An Evening of
Divine Vocal Harmonies, featuring the Irish Sopranos and the Wicklow Male
Voice Choir, will take place in St Mary's and St Patrick's Church in Avoca,
Co. Wicklow on Friday 29 October at 8 pm. Adm €20.
Music Workshop Well known liturgical musician Tom Kendzia
will facilitate a sacred music workshop in St Patrick's College, Killymeal
Rd, Dungannon on Wed Oct 13th 8pm to 10 pm. This event is organised by
the Armagh Diocesan Liturgy Group. One of Kendzia's best known songs is
Stand by Me. Recently he was the guest conductor at the Irish Church
Music Association summer school in Maynooth. More info here.
Fuaimlaoi Fuaimlaoi is a musical group formed by composer Ronan McDonagh
in 2006 to promote and develop liturgical music that grows out of our
native tradition. The group is based at St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon
Street, Dublin (often playing at the 6 pm vigil Mass on Saturdays) On
Monday, October 4th at 7.30pm, College Chapel, Maynooth, Fuaimlaoi will
be among the artists invited to perform at a concert to celebrate the
Fortieth Anniversary of the Schola Cantorum of St Finian's College, Mullingar.
The Schola Cantorum was founded by the Irish bishops in 1970 to provide
music scholarships for young boys, and in recent years girls, to be trained
in organ playing and other skills related to church music. Fuaimlaoi's
director Ronan McDonagh, and one if its members Hannah Evans were recipients
of these scholarships. The concert will be attended by the Patron of the
Schola Cantorum, Uachtarán na hÉireann, Mary McAleese. On Sunday, October
10th at 7pm, St Nathy's Cathedral, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Fuaimlaoi
will present the music of their new recording Ancient Promise.
The parish choirs of the Achonry Diocese will attend this event which
seeks to promote liturgical music that is rooted in our native tradition.
Fuaimlaoi will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet. All
are welcome, free admission.
Underground Ireland Advance notice of dates for forthcoming
events from Catholic
Underground Ireland - prayer/music events. Saturday 20th March 2010
Location: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Church St. Dublin 7. Saturday
22nd May 2010 Location: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Church St. Dublin
7. Artist details to be confirmed in both cases.
At the time
of writing (28/12/09) there's a free MP3 download available from Liam
Lawton. For your free version of his song The Darkest Midnight
go to www.liamlawton.com
and follow the simple instructions.
Gospel Choir - 2010 Dates 22 Jan at 8pm
The Venue, Ratoath - Tel 01 689 5600; 20 Feb at 8pm SET Theatre, Kilkenny
- Tel 056 776 5133; 27 Feb at 8pm An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny – Tel
074 912 0777; 12 Mar at 8.30pm Night of Soul, Shankill; 13 Mar at 8pm
Saturday 13th March - Tenerife Musicematico Festival, Tenerife, Spain;
20 Mar at 8pm Hamlet Court Hotel, Johnstown Bridge, Co Kildare – 046 954
1200; 02 Apr at 1.30-3.30pm Paddy Power Irish Poker Open - Burlington
Hotel; 10 Apr at 8pm Jerome Hynes Theatre, Wexford - Tel 053 91 22144;
16 Apr at 8pm St. Agnes Church, Crumlin - 75 year celebration. 29 May
at 8pm Draoicht, Blanchardstown. More info here.
Manley Hopkins Summer School The 23rd Annual
Hopkins Festival, will be moving to Newbridge College for 2010 - July
24 - 30. There will be poetry readings, study and a wide variety of other
cultural activities. At least, 20 countries will be represented and there
will be a strong presence by leading Irish Writers, Artists and Scholars.
More info at the festival website.
on Sacred Music St Colman's Society
for Catholic Liturgy will hold its third International Liturgy Conference
from 10th to 12th July 2010 in Cork and Fota. The title for the Conference
is "Psallite Sapentier: Benedict XVI on Sacred Music". An international
panel of experts will discuss theological, historical and practical issues
relating to sacred music in the Roman rite. Details and booking from colman.liturgy
@ yahoo.co.uk or from the Secretary at Leeview, Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co.
This week (Issue 2/10/08) the Irish Catholic has started a series
on great works of art - this week it's The Vale of Rest by Sir
John Millais Everett.
Awards Grammy Awards Feb 2008: Joint winners
in the Gospel section this year were - Blessed & Highly Favored
The Clark Sisters Track from: Live - One Last Time [EMI Gospel]
and Never Gonna Break My Faith Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige
(Featuring The Harlem Boys Choir) Track from: Bobby: Original Motion
Picture Soundtrack [Island Def Jam].
More detailed info here.
Vacancy Organist at University Church: A vacancy
has arisen for an Organist and or Choir Director in this beautiful and
historic church. The Parish is seeking applications from musicians with
extensive knowledge of liturgical music. Band B of the National Guidelines
for payment of fees to Church Musicians will apply. Please send your letter
of application to Fr. Ciaran O’Carroll, Administrator, University Church,
St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, no later than 5pm on Friday 15th October
2010. See also www.universitychurch.ie
Visit to UK On Thursday 16th September the first
Papal mass of Pope Benedict's visit to Britain will take place in Glasgow.
Huw Edwards and Sally Magnusson will introduce the mass which includes
music specially composed by Glasgow based international composer James
MacMillan (Armed Man: A Mass for Peace) as well as a special performance
from Susan Boyle, who has expressed a sense of privelige at being requested
to sing. The event will be live on BBC 2, and there is extensive live
coverage also on EWTN,
including their live web tv service.
Music Festival An
International Gospel Music Festival will take place at The Convention
Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin on Saturday, 25th September, starting with
workshops from 10 am and music from 7 pm. Artists include the Dublin Gospel
Choir (left), Discovery Gospel Choir, and many more. More info and booking
Tues 28 Sept there will be a concert in Arklow featuring Amy Gallatin
and her band Stillwaters from USA (http://www.amygallatin.com/)
. She plays bluegrass, gospel, country, swing and folk music. This is
the last chance to see the band (guitar, dobro, bass, mandolin) as they
fly back to USA on Wed 29th. Venue is the Mary B Lounge Lr Main St, Adm
10 Euro. Tickets on sale from 0402-23963, the Next Door Off Licence. Tickets
will also be available atthe door.
Youth Festival This is a lively 4 day festival with
workshops, concert, inspiring talks, great music and prayer. And plenty
of time for relaxing, chilling out and meeting new people! During the
festival, you can get some spiritual R&R, meet other young Catholics in
the same boat and give your faith a boost. It takes place in Clonmacnois,
Co Offaly from 12th – 15th August 2010. The theme for the festival is:
"You did not choose Me, no I chose you" John 15:16. Details and registration
and Gospel On
Wednesday August 4th there will be a concert with Tricky Britches, a bluegrass
group from USA that includes old time gospel music in their repertoire.
Venue is the Mary B Lounge, Lr Main St, Arklow, time 9.15 pm, Adm 5 Euro.More info on the group can be found on
pages. Their musical influences include Hank Williams, The Dillards, Bill
Monroe, John Hartford and many more.
Hymns Concert/Phil Murphy Weekend This year's Phil
Murphy Weekend in Carrig-on-Bannow Co Wexford will start with a Sacred
Hymns Concert with L'Angelus, the US Cajun band currently touring Ireland
(see below). This will take place at Carrig Church on Fri 23rd July at
8 pm. Adm €10. L'Angelus will also headline in the Festival Marquee
on the Sat and Sunday nights. On Sat 24th there will be an Ó Riada
Mass in the church at 7 pm, and on Sunday morning (25th) at 11 am there's
Mass with music by Jim Boyce, Statia Redmond & Friends. Full programme
Brendan Voyage Celebrating the
voyage of St Brendan to the new world, Shaun Davey's The Brendan Voyage
will be performed in three venues this July. Taking part will be Liam
O'Flynn, Rita Connolly and The National Youth Orchestra. Venues: St Canice's
Cathedral Kilkenny, Fri 16th July (booking NYOI
); Cork City Hall Sat 17th July (Booking from Pro-Musica 021-4271659);
and National Concert Hall, Dublin Sun 18th July (booking NCH).
tour list for Cajun Band L'Angelus, who include spiritual material in
their set list. 7th July 8 pm: Anaverna, Ravensdale; 9th July: Spar Centre,
Enniskillen, Ireland; 13th July: Dunlewey Centre, Donegal; 14th July:
The Crane Bar Trad Music Room Galway; 15th July:
Mary B Lounge, Arklow, Co. Wicklow; 16th July: Daemar Court
Hotel, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary; 17th July: The Cherry Tree, Walkinstown,
Dublin; 19th July: Fiddler's Green Festival, Rostrevor; 23rd and 24th
July: Phil Murphy Weekend, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford.
Music Course The 41st annual Irish
Church Music Association Summer School of Church Music takes place
at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, from 5-9 July 2010. This year's Guest
Director, Christopher Walker, is an internationally known lecturer, composer
and conductor whose works encompass children’s music for liturgy and catechism
plus a wealth of material for all liturgical celebrations. The Summer
School comprises five days of immersion in church music and liturgy, with
plenty of opportunity to meet people, renew friendships and have lots
of fun! Participants may attend the whole week or participate on a daily
basis. All participants receive a full pack of liturgical music to take
home with them. This year a range of stimulating tutorials and workshops
are on offer. More information here.
Macbeth At the Abbey Theatre there's a new version
of Shakespeare's tragedy of good and evil, conscience and betrayal, this
time set in Ireland at the time of Cromwell. Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh
play the lead roles. Abbey Theatre, previews Mar 30-Apr 6 7.30pm €20/€18
Opens Apr 7- May 15 €18-€38 01-8787222. More info and booking here.
Priests - Tour Dates 14th May 2010 Wexford Opera House; 15th May 2010 Royal Theatre
Castlebar; 23rd May 2010 Grand Canal Theatre Dublin; 26th May 2010 UK
Tour - Newcastle; 27th May 2010 UK Tour - Glasgow; 29th May 2010 UK Tour
- Birmingham ; 30th May 2010 UK Tour - Cardiff; 1st June 2010 UK Tour
- Bournemouth; 2nd June 2010 UK Tour - Manchester; 7th June 2010 Cork
Opera House; 11th June 2010 INEC Killarney; 12th June 2010 University
Concert Hall, Limerick; 15th June 2010 Millennium Forum Derry; 16th June
2010 Millennium Forum Derry; 19th June 2010 The Waterfront Belfast. More
. Video clip is Amazing Grace, which features on The Priests album
July Tour US Cajun group L'Angelus
will tour Ireland again next July. Their unique brand of good time American
traditional music combined with mature song writing and spiritual material
has already gone down a storm on their last two Irish visits, where among
other events they have played for the Catholic Underground group and appeaered
on the Today with Pat Kenny show on RTE Radio 1. Among their Irish
appearances will be a gig in the Mary B Lounge in Arklow, Co Wicklow on
Thursday 15 July. More details to follow. See review of earlier Irish
Lawton Concert Liam Lawton will perform in Sligo Cathedral on July 2nd at
8 pm. . Tickets: Third Wave Music, O Connell Street Sligo. Contact +353
(0)71 916 2944. The event is part of the Lovin'
MAD - Make a Difference, now in its third year, is a Christian Rock and
Gospel Festival held in Glenealy Co Wicklow. This year it's on Sunday
20 June 2 pm to 10 pm. Among the performers this year are the Dublin Gospel
Choir and Emmaus. See MAD
website for full details and ticket info. MAD was the brainchild of
Tim Phillips who sadly passed away this year. For Faitharts review of
last year's event click here.
May and June Dates: 02 May at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the
Angels Church, Church St; 16 May at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary
of the Angels Church, Church St; 21 May at 8pm Riverside Theatre, Coleraine;
23 May at 7.30pm Clonard Monastery Belfast / Féile an Phobail & Suicide
Awareness; 29 May at 8pm Draoicht, Blanchardstown June 2010; 06 Jun at
7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St; 11
Jun at 8pm Novena in honour of St. Anthony, Church of the Immaculate Conception,
Merchants Quay; 20 Jun at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels
Church, Church St; 20 Jun at 8pm MAD Festival - Glenealy, Co. Wicklow;
25 Jun at 8pm Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
Concert Hall RTÉ Concert Orchestra
& the Galway Baroque Singers - Friday 11th June @ 8pm T joined by mezzo-soprano
Sharon Carty, tenor Gardar Thor Cortes and bass-baritone John Molloy for
Puccini's Messa di Gloria and Duruflé's Requiem Op. 9.
Summer Festival This year's festival
will take place June 25th to 27th for people 18 to 35. There will be music
from Elation Ministries and speakers will include Andrew O'Connell and
Sr Helen Prejean) writer of Dead Man Walking. Visit the festival
website for more details.
Dublin Voices This group will perform a series of concerts in late May/early
June: Friday 4 June - St Paul's Church, Glenageary (8 pm) Saturday 5 June
- St Thomas's Church, Mount Merrion (8 pm) Tuesday 8 June - St Andrew's
Church, Malahide (8 pm) Saturday 12 June - St Ann's Church, Dawson Street
(8 pm). Tickets €10, available at the door. Among the choir's regular
pieces are Salve Regina by Hungarian György Orbán with which NDV was the
overall Grand Prix winners in Budapest in 2009, and a sublime Laudatio
Domini by Joonas Kokkonen.
Winner The current issue of the Irish
Catholic is reporting that this year's Eurovision winner for Germany,
Lena Meyer-Landrut, is a big fan of the Taizé community, which
she says, had a profound spiritual and musical influence on her. She wore
a Taizé cross during her performance.
Concert The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Saturday 19 June, 2010:
Christy Moore, The Dublin Gospel Choir and many more will join broadcaster
Eamon Dunphy and author Deirdre Purcell in a top line-up of Irish entertainers
hosted by Marian Finucane, at the only Irish event to celebrate the 65th
birthday of incarcerated Burmese activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and
Freewoman of Dublin Aung San Suu Kyi. More info and booking here.
RECONSIDERING THE SACRED IN ART Saturday seminar:
A series of conversations focusing on the relationship between visual
art, religion and notions of Sacred. Date: June 26 Venue: The Clinton
Centre, Belmore Street, Enniskillen Registration: 10am Start: 10.30am
Admission: Free Booking is essential for this event. Please email email@example.com
to book. Includes: Rev. Gary Mason and Philip Napier (Artist and Head
of Fine Art, NCAD), Karl Burke, Miriam De Burca, Daphne Wright Chair:
Helen Carey (Independent Curator), Seamus Nolan (Artist), John Zerzan
(Philosopher). More info on Facebook
Music Event Fuaimlaoi was formed in 2006 to promote and develop liturgical
music that is rooted in our native tradition. This group of singers and
instrumentalists is based at St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon St, Dublin.
They have recently launched a CD, Ancient Promise, and in connection
with this will have a concert on Thurs 1st July in Clarendon St Church
in Dublin at 7.30 pm. Video clip: Come Adore This Wondrous Presence:
Setting in English of Tantum Ergo Sacramentum - launch of ANCIENT PROMISE
at Maynooth. Admission to 1st July Concert is free!
Choral Society The Culwick Choral Society will perform Monteverdi's
1610 Vespers on Wednesday 19th MAY 2010 at 8pm in St. Patrick's Cathedral,
Dublin, accompanied by leading soloists and a special gathering of period-instrument
musicians. Tickets from Ticketmaster, Opus II and St Patrick's.
Priests Tour Singing group
The Priests are currently on tour - some of the venues are as follows:
23rd May 2010 Grand Canal Theatre Dublin; 26th May 2010 UK Tour - Newcastle;
27th May 2010 UK Tour - Glasgow. They also appeared on a Nationwide special
on RTE 1 on Friday 21st May. The programe can be watched here.
Genesius Film Society The next film
will be The Miracle, starring Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson.
It will be shown on Tues 18th May at the Knights of Columbanus Centre
in Ely Place Dublin 2 at 7 pm. All welcome - there will be an introduction
and chat afterwards.
The Guinness Choir and the Ulster Orchestra directed by David Milne will
perform Hymn of Jesus by Gustav Holst and Hymnus Paradisi by Herbert Howells
on Sunday 16th May 8 pm in Mount Argus Church, Harold's Cross, Dublin.
Tickets are 25 Euro. Contact: 086-8818044. See also www.guinnesschoir.org
On Tuesday April 13th there's a celebration of music, history and Handel
rooted in the anniversary of the 1742 world premiere of Messiah
in Temple Bar. Connecting the people and places of Handel’s time, this
day long programme will involve a journey, from Handel and the Baroque
to Irish traditional music. A full programme of events including booking
and ticket details will be available on the Temple Bar Cultural Trust
and throughout Temple Bar and the city from Monday 15th March 2010.
Musical Event Sing Alleluia! The Lord is RISEN! An
evening of Sacred and Inspirational Music to worship the Lord! By Rev.
Fr. Marino Nguekam, C.S.Sp. And Friends In St Mary's Pro-Cathedral (Marlborough
Street, Dublin 1) on Thursday 15th of April 2010 @ 8pm Tickets available
in Pro Cathedral parish office, cost €10 More info: www.fathermarino.com
Iconography Course Byzantine Iconography Course using the
traditional technique of egg-tempera & gold leafing. Venue - The 'Old'
St. Clement's School, South Circular Road, Limerick (entry via Redemptorist
Church Car Park). Dates - April 19th to 24th. Contact - Mihai Cucu email
- firstname.lastname@example.org Tel
- 086 369 2037
Film The film Lourdes which was shown during
during the Dublin Film Festival is now showing at the Lighthouse Cinema
in Smithfield, Dublin. Read Faitharts review of the film here
(entry for 26/2/10). For booking and more info go here.
Lourdes is also showing at the IFI Cinema in Dublin)
Crouch Gospel Concert Renowned
Gospel singer Andrae Crouch will give his first ever Irish concert in
the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin, on Sunday May 9th. Tickets
Andrae Crouch has 8 grammies, multi- GMA Dove awards, NAACP award, ASCAP
award, Bilboard awards. Crouch has worked as a producer and arranger with
Michael Jackson, Madonna (Like A Prayer), Quincy Jones, Mika (We
Are Golden), Diana Ross, Elton John, Rick Astley (Cry For Help)
and Prefab Sprout. He also co-wrote the title song to CeCe Winans' award-winning
"Throne ...Room" album in 2003.His film credits include Once Upon A
Forest, The Color Purple, The Lion King, and Free Willy. Also
of mention is his collaborations with Quincy Jones, specifically the rendition
of Maybe God's Trying to Tell You Something from The Color Purple
(featuring Tata Vega on lead) as well as appearing on Jones' Back on the
Block album. Crouch was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame in 1998.
Philip Carty is doing a concert in St Agnes Church, Crumlin Village, on
Tuesday 11th May. He will do about 10 mysteries of his Rosary Concert
(piano music). The rest of the concert will be the church organist launching
their new church organ This is a Free concert.
Rising in Ennis The Gospel Rising Festival will take place in Ennis, Co. Clare
from May 7th to May 9th. 2010. There will be workshops and concerts, with
the help of the London Community Gospel Choir, Andrae Crouch and Jack
L. Also feature are the Valley Gospel Singers, An Glór Gospel Choir,
and gospel choirs from Maynooth, Ennis, Ballymun, Shannon, Celbridge/Straffan.
Full weekend tickets cost 60 Euro. For more info see clip on left and
Magnificat, Beethoven and Rossini National Concert Hall: Beethoven Mass
in C/Rossini's Stabat Mater 24 April 2010 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM Dublin
County Choir• The Serenata Orchestra - Ingoldsby: Magnificat Beethoven:
Mass in C Rossini: Stabat Mater. This Première of a setting in Irish of
the Magnificat, by Brian Ingoldsby (a member of the choir's basses) precedes
Beethoven's dramatic first setting of the Mass. Rossini's flamboyant Stabat
Mater includes some unusually cheerful suffering in the Cujus Animam.
Presented by Dublin County Choir. More info and booking here.
of Christian Culture This is a cultural-Christian event in
Cork 16-18 April. Some of the events are listed below. For more info go
Cork, 16 April (Friday) 8.30PM-10PM Songs and prayer from Taizé (in English
and Polish) Place: St. Augustine's Church, Washington Street/Grand Parade;
17 April (Saturday) 10AM Final of the picture competition for children
"My Family" Place: City Library, Grand Parade; Cork 18 April (Sunday)
10AM-11.30AM (after Mass in Polish); 2PM-4PM Movie screening "Decalogue
IX" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski (with English subtitles) After screening
discussion about marriage and family Place: The Half-moon Theatre (Opera
House building), Emmet Place, Cork 7.30PM (door 7PM).
Gospel Choir Dates 04
Apr at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church
St; 09 Apr at 7pm FM104 Help a Dublin Child 'The Gig' in aid of Temple
Street Children's Hospital; 10 Apr at 8pm Jerome Hynes Theatre, Wexford
- Tel 053 91 22144; 16 Apr at 10am-12pm East Coast Fm - Coffee Morning
in aid of Cancer Support Centres; 16 Apr at 8pm St. Agnes Church, Crumlin
- 75 year celebration; 17 Apr at 8pm Concert: Saggart; 18 Apr at 7pm Candlelit
Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St; 23 Apr at 7-9am
Special Olympics Ireland National Collection Day - Grafton Street; 23
Apr at 8pm Parish Centre, Ardee, Co. Louth: 087 – 2839 792.
Man at the Concert Hall The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins will beperformed
at the National Concert Hall on Sat 10th April at 8 pm, along with Mozart's
Coronation Mass in C. This event is presented by the Enchiriadis
Treis Choir, with Marion Doherty Hayden - Conductor, and the National
Philharmonia Orchestra, Leader: Clodagh Vedres.
More info and booking here.
Video clip shows segment: Hymn Before Action, by a choir and orchestra
Gospel Choir On
Friday April 16th the DGC play St Agnes's Church Crumlin to mark the 75th
Anniversary of the Church this year. Tickets available from Parish Office
on 01 4555368 / www.crumlinparish.ie
by John Paul II The Jeweler's Shop - a play by Karol
Wojtyla will take place on Friday, April 9 at 8:30pm at Áras Treasa, Dublin
(junction of Clarendon St and Coppinger Road, opposite the Church). There
will be further performances of this Play on Sat 10th Apr and Sun 11th
Apr BUT PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME OF 7:30PM Admission €5. Presented
by the ST GENESIUS DRAMA COMPANY. For more see Facebook
page for this event.
Pasion Play The
renowned Passion Play production in Ballylinan, Co. Laois returns this
year. Bookings now being taken for the six performances which begin on
26th March and conclude on Good Friday. The Ballylinan Passion Play is
a unique community event where almost 200 neighbours stage a moving production
of the Lord’s Passion in the small country village in Co. Laois. Previous
productions took place in 2000 and 2005. Advance booking necessary due
to small venue: 059-8625125
of Music Connie Fisher, winner of BBC's How
Do Solve a Problem Like Maria?, stars in The Sound of Music
in Belfast at the Grand Opera House Until Mar 20 7.30pm (Mon 7pm, Thurs
& Sat mat 2.30pm) £16-£45.50 Info: 028-90241919
2010 The Fourth Emmanuel
programme of liturgical music in Second Level Schools will come to a glorious
conclusion in the Mahony Hall, Helix Centre on Wednesday & Thursday 24
& 25 March at 8.00 p.m. 40 schools from around the Diocese have been preparing
for this programme of contemporary liturgical music. On the day the students
will participate in a range of workshops on the Clonliffe/Mater Dei Campus
before going to the Helix for the orchestral rehearsal and performance
If you have any questions do contact us in the Liturgical Resource Centre
01 8087554 or feel free to call either Gerard 087 2347220 –Paula 0868514867
or Ian 0862490779. Tickets are now on sale directly from the Helix ( 01
– 7007000 ) www.helix.ie
More info here.
Path of Beauty
The path of beauty is a special way to God, says Fr Sergio Marcanzin,
the President of the Russia Ecumenical Centre. This is in the context
of a conference series "The Epiphany of Beauty" being held in
Rome in February and March. There will be a strong emphasis on icons.
More info here
in B Minor Our Lady's Choral
Society 21 March 2010 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM Our Lady's Choral Society
• Colette Boushell, Soprano • Chloe Hinton, Alto • Robin Tritschler, Tenor•
Ian Caddy, Bass National Sinfonia• Proinnsias O' Duinn, Conductor.
J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor The Mass in B Minor is widely regarded as one
of the supreme achievements of classical music. The work is in the repertoire
of Our Lady's Choral Society over the past 60 years and will be performed
on the day of the 325th anniversary of Bach's birth. More info and booking
Tracing the History of Christian Art Lecture at Lismullin
Conference Centre Co. Meath Thursday 25th March 8 pm - 9 pm.
The lecture is intended to weave the loose threads together to reveal
the glorious tapestry that is Christian Art. In the process, it is hoped
to discern some of the influences that informed Irish medieval art.
Presenter: John O’Riordan MA Art History UCD. For the last four years
he has taught Art History for the BA in both UCD and DCU. He has also
taught the subject in several Colleges of further education in Dublin.
More info here.
for Teachers TEACHERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE ONLINE "Positive,
practical responses in the classroom to what students are doing online",
Saturday 27 March 2010, Lismullin
Conference Centre, Co Meath, with speakers from Google and National
Council for Technology Education (NCTE), and also student speakers. Time:
10.30am - 5.00pm [Registration: 10.00am] Cost: €50 (includes lunch and
refreshments). Brochure here.
of Joy for Haiti Saturday 27th March St Mary's Church
St, Dublin 7 (Our Lady of the Angels), two of Ireland's most popular gospel
choirs, The Dublin Gospel Choir and the Discovery Gospel Choir, will join
forces to raise badly needed funds for The Irish Red Cross in Haiti. TICKETS
€20 (concession €15) – Doors open 7.30 – Concert 8PM sharp See www.tickets.ie
or you can also buy in person from the Capuchin Friary office on Church
St. Tickets also available at the door on the night. While the audience
will enjoy each choir’s own individual blend of gospel and soul, they
will also be treated to a very special collaboration between the choir
groups on a Haitian Creole song which is guaranteed to be one of the most
unique experiences that any Irish audience will hear in 2010. More info
Emmanuel is an initiative of the Dublin Dioces that aims to celebrate
liturgical music in schools. Deadline for application is Friday 6th November
- application forms and brochures were recently sent to schools. Teachers
wil be invited to workshops in late November where they will get music
and CDs for the 2010 event, which will take place in the Helix Theatre
on 24th and 25th March. In 2009 around 1,200 students sang with an onstage
orchestra. Websites for more details: Bebo
and Dublin Diocese.
Email: email@example.com or ring 01-8379253 ext 241. Added on 19/11/09: further invites for late applications sent to
Competition The Life Socety
of NIU Glaway is holding an art competition open to secondary students
on the theme - Life, The Ultimate Work of Art. Deadline for recipt
of entry forms is 12th March. The ideal submission should be moving, beautiful,
and unique. The winning artist will receive a plaque as well as a cash
prize of 150 euro. For more information or to enter the competition 'Life:
The Ultimate Work of Art' please contact Life Society, Societies Office,
Áras na Mac Léinn, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 0876217702 (auditor).
on the Roof Fiddler on
the Roof. Famous musical about romance, talking to God and Jewish
traditions in Tsarist Russia at by Naas Musical Society. Moat Theatre
Mar 8-13 8pm €20/€ 15. also being revived by Limerick Musical Society.
University Concert Hall Mar 11-13 8pm €22/€20
Gospel Singers The
Lucan Gospel Singers will be in concert at the RDS Concert Hall, Merrion
Rd, Dublin on Sat 27 Feb 10. Tickets are €20 - booking at
Lucan Gospel Singers was formed in February 1998, Based in Lucan,
West Dublin the Group is Multi-denominational with members from all religious
US Cajun and Gospel group L'Angelus will be touring Ireland
again this February. Last time round they visited Catholic Underground
events. Tour dates so far: 17th and 18th Feb: 8.00.PM - 10.00.PM Shine
Variety Concert Millenium Forum Derry Co. Derry; 20th Feb 8.00.PM - 10.00.PM
The Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul Fingal, Co. Dublin; 27th Feb 8.00.PM
- 10.00.PM The Lodge Cultural Centre Castlewellan County Down; 28th Feb
7.00.PM - 9.00.PM The Brontë Rathfriland Co. Down; 2nd March 8.00.PM -
10.00.PM The Hawkswell Theatre County Sligo. More detailed info here.
Date for L'Angelus Tour Cajun/Gospel group L'Angelus have added
another Irish date to their February/March tour - it's at Colfer's Pub,
Carrig-on-Bannow Co Wexford on 25/2/10 8.30 to 10.30. See below for other
dates, or get More detailed info here.
Music in Limerick The annual Limerick Festival of Church
Music will take place in various venues in the city from Friday 5th to
Sunday 7th March 2010. On the Friday there will be schools' competitions
and an opening liturgy and concert. On Saturday there will be church choir
competitions and an organ master class. On Sunday there will a Workshop/Masterclass
with theComposer-in-Residence and a solemn festival Eucharist. More info
Ideas Newman's Idea of a University: Then and
Now, address by Áine Hyland, EMERITUS
PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION,UCC, Wednesday, 3rd
March, 7.30 pm Renehan Hall, St Patrick's College, Maynooth Response:
Professor Tom Collins, Vice President for External Affairs/Dean of Teaching
and Learning, NUI Maynooth All welcome. Áine Hyland is a well known Irish
educator, a former Professor of Education and later vice President of
University College Cork. Jointly
sponsored by St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Department of Education and
An Foras Feasa, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Gospel Choir DGC will be performing their first Kilkenny
show of the year this Sat 20th Feb in the wonderful new SET Theatre. Like
all Dublin Gospel Choir shows, this promises to be a fantastic night of
foot-stomping, hand-clapping fun, and one gig that’s definitely not to
be missed!! Doors 8pm and Tickets available from Set Kilkenny: 056 7721728
or at www.set.ie This
weekend also sees the Choir perform at the 2010 Meteor Music Awards with
Brian Kennedy who will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. It is
completely sold out but The Meteors will be broadcast this Sun 21st on
RTE2 at 9pm.
Film The film
Lourdes, by Austrian writer/director Jessica Haussner, will be
screened as part of this year's Dublin
Film Festival - at Screen 1, D'Olier St, Dublin 2 on Mon 22 Feb at
8.30 pm. The film tells the story of a young woman, wheelchair-bound and
not of very strong faith, who heads for Lourdes. Christine is played by
Sylvie Testud. It has been at various film festivals, including Sundance,
has won seven international awards and is due for release in UK in March.
One review describes it thus: "Jessica Hausner's 4th feature casts
a sceptical eye over the commercial excesses of Lourdes but neither chastises
nor mocks those who make the pilgrimage there." For full review see
Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry here.
NOTE: end of clip on left includes spolier -
to avoid it stop clip at 2 min mark!
on Lourdes Bernadette is the story of Bernadette
Soubirous, the Lourdes visionary. This dramatisation is by the Duleek
Players and Aisteoirí na Boinne. It's at the Stockwell St Theatre,
Drogheda, on Mon 22nd Feb. Adm 15 Euro. Info: 041-9833946
Lawton at Divine Mercy Conference
The Divine Mercy Conference takes place this weekend and will be broadcast
live from the RDS, Dublin this Saturday 20th February on www.churchservices.tv
including liturgical composer Liam Lawton at 7.15pm.
Genesius Film Society The society's next film, The 13th
Day, a new film about the appearances of Our Lady in Fatima is on
Tues 16 Feb Knights of Colombanus Centre, Ely Place, Dublin 2 Tue. 7.00pm
All Welcome. More info on this film here: www.the13thdaymovie.com
For trailer see below.
Genesius Film Society The next film will be Sophie Scholl,
the story of a young student who opposed the Nazis in Germany. It's at
Knights of Colombanus Centre, Ely Place, Dublin 2 on Wed 20th Jan, 7.00pm
All Welcome for viewing and discussion. The
Fraternity of St Genesius was founded on 19th January 2007 in Drogheda,
Ireland, and was formally approved as a Catholic Private Association of
The Faithful on 27 August of the same year. The Fraternity was founded
in response to the calls of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II and
Pope Benedict XVI for the renewal of culture, and as a means of supporting
the men and women of the theatrical and cinematic arts through spiritual
for Confirmation Workshop Thursday, November
12th Mt. St. Anne’s
Retreat Centre Killenard, Portarlington, Co Laois. 7:30p.m.-9:30p.m.
Workshop will be hosted by Liam Lawton, Marian Gaynor and Maeve Mahon
This workshop is designed to help teachers and Choir Directors with planning
the music for the Confirmation Liturgy. Music will be provided on the
night. Bookings It is essential to reserve your place at this Workshop.
Cost: €15 per person Contact Christine at Faith Development Services Cathedral
Parish Centre, College Street, Carlow Tel: 059-9164084 Fax: 059-9164020
The Irish Catholic newspaper is currently running a series on "The
Catholic Novel". This week's edition (16/7/09) deals with The Old
Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. An accompanyimng article outlines
aspects of Hemingway's biography, including his conversion to Catholicism.
The article can be read here
on the IC website. Registration is required but it's free.
to Meet Pope On 21st November 2009 Pope Benedict is
to meet a group of over 500 from the artistic community in the Sistine
Chapel, including our own Bono of U2 and film composer Ennio Morricone.
It is organised by Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi who said: "The meeting
is aimed at bridging the gap that has developed between religious faith
and artistic expression over the last century".
Fleming Concerts On the fifth anniversary of the recording
of the “Voice of Hope” Concert at the world famous Knock Basilica in 2004
Tommy Fleming is returning to perform a once off anniversary special Christmas
show at the Basilica on Saturday 12th December 2009. The Concert will
feature special guests, Orchestra, Band and Choir. More info here.
Bookings at Ticketmaster.
He will also perform at St Aidan's Church, Ferns, on Sunday 15th November.
For bookings, ring Parish Office 053 9366514.
Carty will perform the Rosary for piano in the University of Ulster, Magee
Campus, Derry, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception 8th December.
review by Yvonne Walsh of his August recital of this work in the National
Concert Hall can be read here.
BY CANDLELIGHT At the The Helix, DCU, Dublin 9, Mon
15 December at 7.30pm. The Locrian Ensemble returns to present a magical
programme of music for Christmas, attired in lavish period costume, framed
in a stunning and evocative candlelit setting. This is the ideal evening
to experience, and enjoy, the true spirit of the festive season. Information
and booking here.
Lawton Tour Liturgical composer Liam Lawton has announced
an extensive Autumn tour. Fuller details re booking are available here.
Locations and dates as follows: 22nd October The Church Of The Immaculate
Conception, Ballymote, Co. Sligo; 23rd October St. Brigid’s Church, The
Curragh, Co. Kildare; 25th October Liam will perform as special guest
on Mary Duff's album launch "Voice Of An Angel" Holy Family Church, Ballsgrove,
Drogheda, Co.Louth; 10th November St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner
Street, Dublin; 22nd November Ballintubber Abbey, Co.Mayo; 26th November
Our Lady's Nativity, Leixlip, Co.Kildare; 27th November Immaculate Conception,
Oughterard, Galway; 28th November St. Beacons Church, Mullinavat, Co.
Kilkenny; 29th November Knockerra Church, West Clare; 2nd December Waterford
Cathedral, Waterford; 04th December St. Josephs's Church, Kildimo, Limerick;
07th December St. Pauls Church, Glenageary; 08th December Kilshanroe Church,
Johnstown Bridge, Enfield; 10th December Liam will be guesting at The
Croí Fundraiser, Radisson Hotel, Galway; 11th December Fairways Hotel
, Dundalk, Co. Louth; 13th December St. Peter in Chains Church, Ballymacoda,
East Cork; 16th December Church of the Nativity of the B. V. M. Kilbeg,
Carlanstown, Kells, Co.Meath; 17th December Tuarard Art Centre, Moate,
Co. Westmeath; 18th December The Church of the Holy Family, Kiltimagh,
Co.Mayo; 20th December Graiguecullen Parish Centre, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow
reflection day based on praying with icons, led by Dom Gregory Collins
of Glenstal Abbey, will be held in the Dromantine Conference Centre in
Newry on Sunday Dec 5th. The event is hosted by the Irish Association
of Iconographers and the Armagh Prayer and Spirituality Group and costs
€25. For details and booking contact email@example.com
to the World Concert A special concert
featuring Cara O’Sullivan and the RTE Concert Orchestra will take place
in Newbridge Parish Church, (St
Conleth’s) Co. KIldare, on Friday 4th December
at 8 p.m “Joy to the World” is an evening of classical and popular Christmas
favourites. Featuring Cara O’Sullivan and the RTE Concert Orchestra, New
Dublin Voices and conductor David Brophy. Tickets €20 (Concessions €18)
Bookings Breffini O’Rourke, Newbridge Parish Centre o45 431121
at Hutchison Music There's a pre-Christmas sale at Hutchison
Music - all their albums for $5 plus postage. This includes their
recent release Songs, as well as their Christmas Album.The genre is acoustic folk, and the material
includes familar as well as new songs. Samples of the songs can be played
from their website.
by Candlelight 21 December 2009 03:15 PM and 8 pm -
MAIN AUDITORIUM, National Concert Hall, Dublin: Mozart Festival Orchestra
in full 18th Century costume •Mozart Festival Chorus Gareth Hancock, conductor•
Gail Pearson, soprano - Bach Air on the G String, Corelli Allegrao and
Pastorale from Christmas Concerto, Mozart Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate,
Pearsall In dulci jubilo, Cullen Joy to the World, Handel Let the bright
Seraphim, Zadok the Priest, Christmas sequence from Messiah Carols for
all including O little town of Bethlehem, Hark! the herald angels sing,
The first Nowell, O come, all ye faithful, While shepherds watched, O
come, o come Emmanuel. Herald Christmas in the most elegant way with this
joyous concert of carols and seasonal classics presented with all the
grace and charm of the 18th Century in an evocative candle-lit style setting.
More info and booking here.
Our Lady's Chroal Society presents Handel's Messiah in the National Concert
Hall, Dublin Wed 16th - Fri 18th Dec 2009 at 8 pm. The event will feature
the RTE Concert Orchestra, with Proinnsias o Duinn, Conductor. More info
and booking here.
Glorious Choral Christmas 14 December 2009
08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM, National Concert Hall, Dublin: The Culwick
Choral Society with guest soloists •Hannah Macaulay, soprano •Suzanne
Savage, soprano Duncan Brickenden, countertenor• Fearghal Curtis, tenor•
Tristan Caldwell, bass • The Culwick Ensemble, Leader Brona Fitzgerald•
David Leigh, Organ And Chorus Master• Bernie Sherlock, conductor. A great
Christmas tradition continues as The
Culwick Choral Society returns to The National Concert Hall for its popular
annual celebration of Christmas. Featuring Charpentier's charming Messe
de Minuit, favourite moments from Handel's Messiah, and the very best
of carols, old and new. Supported by the Cultural and Scientific Service
of the Embassy of France in Ireland. Info and booking here.
Gospel Choir The Choir has
a busy schedule for Christmas -
Friday and Saturday 11th and 12th Dec - The Civic Theatre Tallaght – (only
a handful of tickets left – call 01 462 7477)
• Saturday Dec 12th – Easons, O’ Connell St Dublin - Performance 2pm!
• Sunday Dec 13th – The Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght –Performance
12PM to 1PM
• Sunday Dec 13th - Kildare Village – 2PM to 5PM
• Thurs Dec 17th – The Café on RTE2
• Sat Dec 19th – Liffey Valley Shopping Centre – Performance 11AM to 12.30PM
• Sat Dec 19th – Blanchardstown Shopping Centre – Performance 1PM to 2PM
• Sun Dec 20th – The Wide Angle on Newstalk FM
Lawton Special Nationwide
this Friday (RTE 1 - 18th December) is a special programme about Liam
Lawton and his spiritual music. After broadcast it should be available
on the RTE Player and the Nationwide
Eve Gospel Choir The North Dublin Community Gospel Choir
is performing at a new mass at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve at St. Paul's Church,
Ayrfield ( just off the Malahide Road near Tesco's Clarehall). Expect
a lively gospel sound as well as the classic Christmas carols we all love.
The Choir hopes to make Christmas even more special. Their Facebook page
Underground Next Catholic
Underground Ireland event is on Sat. 28th November 2009, St. Mary
of the Angels Church Church, St. Dublin 7. 7:30pm - 10:30pm A well as
prayer time this event features music group Elation
Ministries. Catholic Underground is a cultural apostolate of the Franciscan
Friars of the Renewal. It is a direct response to a call that began with
Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI.
SpiriT Teen SpiriT, an initiative of Kerry Diocese to promote teen
faith and talent, first took place in the INEC Arena, Killarney, Co Kerry
on April 30th 2009. The evening was a celebration of the talents and Christian
faith of teenagers from all around the Kerry. Teen SpiriT returns to the
INEC on November 26th at 8 pm (school show 11.30 am). Starring: Killarney
Youth Choir .... Church of the Resurrection Folk Group .... Teen choirs
from Beaufort, Killorglin, St. Brendan’s Tralee .... and guests, the Doneraile
Youth Choir. Featuring music by .... Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Leona Lewis,
Take That, High School Musical and many others.... as well as Contemporary
Christian music that deals with a range of real issues such as: struggling
to believe in God, seeing our true value as through God’s eyes and being
real with ourselves and God. For more info and booking details check out
the Teen SpiriT
Human Experience - Screening in Limerick
A new documentary on the human experience and search for meaning will
be shown in Limerick on Sat 21st and Sun 22nd Nov at 7.30 pm in the LIT
Millennium Theatre (near Thomond Park). All are welcome and it's free
(donations welcome). It has won 27 film awards, and three of the film
makers will also attend for a Q and A session after the screening. See
trailer above and the film's official website is here.
Franklin Concert US
Gospel singer Kirk
Franklin will perform at a concert in the National Show Centre Swords
on Friday November 13 2009. Kirk Franklin is a five times Grammy Award
winner (nominated in 2008 for two Grammys, including Best Gospel Song
for "Help Me Believe" and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for "The
Fight Of My Life.") Bookings at Ticketmaster
to Launch Dublin Gospel Choir Album The
Dublin Gospel Choir will launch it's new album, Doing Their Thing,
with a show in Tripod, Harcourt St, Dublin 2 on November 7th. The songs
on the new album will be performed on the night, mixed with the usual
classic gospel numbers. Seated tickets are €25.00 - while standing tickets
are available for €20.00. Booking at Ticketmaster - click here.
See also the choir's website
Underground Coming events from Catholic
Underground: Saturday September 26th 2009 Artist: To Be Confirmed,
Location: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Church St. Dublin 7; and Saturday
November 28th 2009 Artist: Elation
, Location: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Church St. Dublin 7. These
events involve a combination of prayer and artistic performance.
Christ Superstar National Concert Hall 28 October 2009
08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM RTÉ Concert Orchestra• Steve Balsamo, Jesus
Christ • David Shannon, Judas Jacinta Whyte, Mary Magdalene• Pat Shortt,
Herod • Scott Davies, Pilate• Stephen Hill, Conductor
This is a concert performance rather than a stage production. Originally
released in 1970 as an album before becoming the hit Broadway and West
End show, Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber,
chronicles the last seven years of Jesus' life as seen through his apostles.
With Steve Balsamo, who starred as Jesus in the London West End Revival
production at The Lyceum, Irish West End Stars Jacinta Whyte, David Shannon
and a 'cameo' role by Pat Shortt as Herod. This concert production with
chorus features songs such as Gethsemane, Everything's Alright, I don't
know how to love him and of course Superstar. More info and
O'Reilly Concert In a Celtic and spiritual themed concert,
Róisín O'Reilly performs the music which has inspired her from childhood
and throughout her music career. This concert features a collection of
traditional and contemporary songs, both Irish and Continental. Róisín
is probably best known to Irish audiences for her appearances with Liam
Lawton as she recorded and toured with Liam Lawton from 2004 to 2007.
More info and booking here.
[The concert is on 2nd October 2009, 1:05 PM - JOHN FIELD ROOM]
Rosary - by Philip Carty A recital of Philip Carty's piano composition
The Rosary will be held in St John's Cathedral in Limerick, on the feast
of the Rosary Wednesday 7th October at 8 pm. Philip is scheduled to perform
The Rosary in Derry in December and next year in Galway and Cork. A review
by Yvonne Walsh of his August recital of this work in the National Concert
Hall can be read here.
Ballymun Concert CONCERT AT OUR
LADY OF VICTORIES CHURCH, BALLYMUN ROAD TO CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER AT 8PM TICKETS €10 FROM THE PARISH SHOP The Palestrina
Choir and Codetta Chamber Choir A programme of liturgical favourites.
A chance to hear these two outstanding choirs. The Palestrina Choir was
founded through the patronage of Edward Martyn from Tulira, Co Galway,
the Choir was formally installed in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in January
1903. Since then it has provided liturgical music at the Pro-Cathedral,
singing at the 11.00 Latin Mass each Sunday as well as many weekday liturgies
and has contributed to countless Church and State occasions. It has been
an invaluable source of music education for generations of boys. Many
have gone on to pursue careers in music. The most well know is John Count
McCormack. The Choir’s most recent CDs, The Bells of the Angelus (hymns
and anthems of Ireland), and Christmas with the Palestrina Choir are available
on line at www.procathedral.ie
and at the Pro-Cathedral shop.
Codetta is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir based in Derry,
N. Ireland. Its member are all originally from Derry but now live, work
and study in towns and cities throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. The
wide-ranging repertoire that the choir performs is prepared at intensive
weekend rehearsals held monthly throughout the year. Codetta has given
many concerts both locally and nationally, participated in the Advent
Festival in Prague, successfully competed in a range of international
choral festivals, and broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and Television.
About Hopkins No
Worst There Is None, a title taken from one of his poems, is a play
about Gerard Manley Hopkins, running in Dublin from 1st to 7th October
2009. No Worst, There Is None is at Newman House, St Stephen's Green,
Dublin. The show lasts for one hour, and audience numbers are restricted
to 25 per performance. Read more about it here.
of Freedom: Castlebar Gospel Choir National
Concert Hall: 01 October 2009 08:00 PM - JOHN FIELD ROOM "Songs of Freedom"
celebrates the spirit of freedom that has evolved in the USA from slavery,
through the Civil Rights Movement, to the inauguration of President Barack
Obama. This period of history has produced some of the most enduring songs
ever written. Castlebar
Gospel Choir now present their unique interpretation of these songs.
The programme includes a short audio visual presentation, a selection
of contemporary and traditional gospel songs, and a narrative on the historic
significance of gospel music.
IN THE CITY Emmanuel in the
City is a Singing Marathon in aid of the homeless which will take place
on Friday 25 September in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street
from 7.00-10.00 p.m. It is organised by the DUBLIN DIOCESAN LITURGICAL
RESOURCE CENTRE. Holy Cross College Clonliffe Road Dublin 3.
Genesius Film Society The
film society of the Frasternity
of St Genesius is back in action this Sept with a screening of The
Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck as Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
who helped many on the run from the Nazis escape through Rome. The screening
will be followed by discussion as always.
Venue: Knights of Colombanus Centre, Ely Place, Dublin 2, Tue. 15th September,
7.00pm All Welcome.
Catholic Music Group on Tour Jesus Youth presents a series of concerts by Rexband,
a contemporary Christian band from India, a band that has made several
World Youth Day appearances. Jesus Youth is an international Catholic
movement with a charismatic spirituality. The two and a half hour Rexband
live shows are designed to integrate different styles of music, dances,
skits and sharings. Most of the songs are set to choreographed movements,
making them a layered, richer experience. The musical styles truly reflect
the eclectic, international styles of today ranging from ethnic Indian
music to hymns, slow rock, hip hop and various combinations of contemporary
popular music. Venues: CORK 28th August, Time:6.30pm Venue: Concert Hall,
City Hall, Cork; DUBLIN 29th August, Time:6.00pm Venue: RDS Concert Hall,
Ballsbridge, Dublin4; CASTLEBAR 30th August, Time:5.00pm Venue: Royal
Theater, Castlebar. (Local contact 094 9388245). Bookings Please contact
Phone: 087 2351294, , 0879077377, 0876380676 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets also available on www.ticketmaster.ie
of Evangelisation This is a new initiative in Dublin Dioces.
As part of the venture there is a song writing competition: New Song for
Evangelisation The Diocesan Commission for Sacred Music in association
with the Year of Evangelisation has invited submissions from composers
for a new hymn/song to mark the occasion. The chosen song is for use in
the Archdiocese of Dublin. More info, conditions, submission details click
Deadline July 31st 2009.
with the RTE Concert Orchestra National Concert Hall: 31 July 2009 08:00
PM. The angelic, hauntingly beautiful sound of Libera has seen them storm
both the classical and the mainstream charts. The boys, aged 7 to 16,
have performed for Pope Benedict XVI, sung with Björk and Pavarotti and
featured on the soundtracks to hit films including Romeo + Juliet and
Hannibal. Tonight they join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the first time,
taking to the stage in their trademark flowing white robes to share their
extraordinary, uplifting renditions of well-known classical, sacred and
popular melodies. For more info and booking click here
The Rosary for Solo Piano National Concert
Hall 10 August 2009 08:00 PM - John Field Room: The Rosary for piano is
a new classic piano work composed and performed by the distinguished Irish
pianist and composer, Philip Carty. The composition in twenty movements
presents a musical journey into the twenty mysteries of the Rosary prayer.
This is the world premiere of a unique and intimate piano composition.
The recital takes us through significant events in the life of Christ
and Mary his mother. These are presented to us in the Joyful, Sorrowful,
Glorious and Mysteries of Light. For more info and booking click here
of God Conference
SIAC, the International Society of Christian Artists,
will hold its 2009 conference The Image of God at Glenstal Abbey,
Murroe, County Limerick, Ireland on the 17, 18 & 19 of July 2009. Registration
is now open. Program details, attendee information, and the registration
form are all available on the events section of the SIAC
website. Linked to this there will be a meeting to discuss the establishment
of an interdisciplinary Christian artists' organisation in Ireland, which
will be held on the 17th of July 2009, in Glenstal Abbey. This meeting
is being facilitated by the monks of Glenstal and S.I.A.C., the International
Society of Christian Artists.
Spiritual National Concert
Hall, Tues 7 July 8 pm. Ireland's most talented young percussionists join
forces with Dame Evelyn Glennie to perform the vigorous fast section of
Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki. This section conveys a lively sense
of resurrection. The concert also includes other percusion pieces, and
features the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. For more info and booking
Exhibition Icons in Transformation: Christ Church
Cathedral in Dublin presents an exhibitions of Icons by Ludmila Pawlowska,
11th June to 19th July. On Saturday 27th June: Icons in liturgy & culture
- a series of lectures held in the crypt to mark the history and relevance
of Icons down the years. Speakers include: Dom Gregory Collins OSB, author
of the Glenstal Book of Icons. Dr Sarah Smyth, Senior Lecturer,
Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Trinity College Dublin. Mr
Tim Thurston presents the ever-popular Gloria on Lyric FM. Canon
Patrick Comerford is Director of Spiritual Formation, the Church of Ireland
Theological Institute, Dublin. The lectures start at 11 a.m., there will
be 2 lectures in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. At 5pm, the Cathedral
choir will sing a special service reflecting the theme of the exhibtion.
This is an initiative of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal from Moyross
in Limerick. Coming events (a combination of music and prayer) include:
LIMERICK: Corpus Christi Church, Moyross Friday 3rd July 2009 7:30pm -
10:30pm Artist: L'Angelus.
Generation Catholic DERRY: Long Tower Parish Saturday 5th July 2009 7:30pm
- 10:30pm Artists: L'Angelus
Bronx Brothers. For more info see the Catholic
Prayer and Music As part of the Days
of Christian Culture initiative there will be
Prayer and Song from Taizé on 26th June (Friday)
8:30PM-10:00PM - in English and Polish. Venue: St Augustine's Church,
Washington St. Cork city. Taizé prayer is a quiet simple way of prayer
designed for people of all Christian traditions. These meditative candlelit
services include simple chants sung repeatedly; rich silence; and prayers
of praise and intercession.
2009 Mad 2009 is a
Christian Music festival which will take place in Glenealy Co. Wicklow
on Sun 21st June. Acts include Elation Ministries who have worked with
Youth 2000 and Knock Youth Festival, Ronan Johnston and the Emmaus group
who were prominent in the 80's and 90's and have a new album, from Britain
Ben Cantelon and Soul Survivor, Shel Perris, and from USA This Beautiful
Republic. Booking details and more info here.
Genesius Film Club The St Genesius Film Society will meet
at Knights of Colombanus Centre, Ely Place, Dublin 2 Wed. 17th June 7pm
for a showing of the film : A Man for All Seasons (1966) The Life
of Sir Thomas Moore, starring Paul Scolfield, directed by Fred Zinnemann.
This film won six Acadamy Awards. All welcome! There will be a discussion
after the film. For more info see the website of the Fraternity
of St Genesius, a Catholic group devoted to film and theatre.
Workshop with Fr. Liam Lawton HEALING SONG: You are invited to a music
workshop with Liam Lawton on Monday 15 June 2009 from 8.00 – 9.30 p.m.
in Clonliffe College Church, Dublin, (registration from 7.30 p.m.). Healing
Song is the title of Liam Lawton’s new recording of liturgical music suitable
for times of healing throughout the year. Those who attend will receive
the full music book with S.A.T.B. parts plus keyboard and guitar accompaniments.
The fee for the evening is €20. The booking form can be downloaded here.
St Gospel Choir
in The Helix Sat 6th June 8 pm. A showcase of traditional gospel, contemporary,
joyful & uplifting music, with everything from U2 to Macy Gray, Bob Marley
to Jewel, traditional gospel to new twists on old classics. The Gardiner
Street Gospel Choir promises a great night's entertainment, that will
have you dancing and singing along. Info and booking here.
The choir's website is here.
conjunction with the launch of his new album (see below) Liam Lawton will
conduct a series of Choir Workshops throughout the country; including
Graiguecullen - St. Clare’s Church on Thursday, 14th May at 8pm Clane
- St. Patrick & St. Bridget’s Church on Friday, 29th May at 8pm. Each
participant will receive a Book of the new music which includes Piano
and Choir Parts with Guitar Chording. CD’s of the new music will also
be available. Bookings Admission to Workshop -€20 (incl. book of
the new music) Bookings for Graiguecullen & Clane through Christine at
Faith Development Services Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street, Carlow
Tel: 059-9164084 Fax: 059-9164020 Email: email@example.com
There will also be a workshop in Armagh - Synod Hall, St Patrick's Cathedral,
Armagh, Wed May 27th 8-10 pm. Adm: £15stg. Book with Pierce Fox,
Armagh Diocesan Youth Service by Fri May 15th ph: 028/048 37525592.
Concert at The Helix
Irene Thompson-Trenier presents A GALA CONCERT IN AID OF THE IRFU CHARITABLE
TRUST - VENUE: THE MAHONY HALL, The Helix, Tue 28 April 2009 8pm, €35,
€32.50 Popular West End Musical Star Peter Corry will be joined by the
band of An Garda Siochanna for a wonderful evening of music. Also joining
them will be the N.U.I. Maynooth Gospel Choir and a chorus of 200 voices.
Compered by George Hook, television and radio personality. Proceeds in
aid of The Irish Rugby Football Union Charitable Trust. Presented by Irene
Thompson-Trenier. More info and booking options here.
Concert Hall Events
Wed 18 March - Hymns and Songs with Aled Jones and the RTE Concert Orchestra
Sat 21 March - Handel's Dramatic Oratorio Samson, with the Handel Anniversary
Sat 28 March - The Priests in concert, with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sat 4 April - The Greatest Story Ever Told - Music from Biblical Epics.
Sun 17 May - Verdi Requiem with The Culwick Choral Society
For more information
and booking go to www.nch.ie
Lawton Concert Liam Lawton is doing a concert in Pro
Cathedral on Fri 1st May. Its for the end of the year of vocations. Fr
Liam will be performing some of his best known songs and he will also
be performing some songs from his new CD Healing Song (see below)
which is due to be released in Ireland shortly. The St John of God Choir
with Patricia Bourke D’Souza will perform the Year of Vocation Song -
You will be my witnesses - on the night also. Mary Kennedy from
RTE will be the guest presenter on the night. Doors at 7pm. Bookings Tickets
are available @ €25 each from the Year of Vocation Office - 01 505
Lawton Concert Liam Lawton will
give a concert on Friday 27th March in UCH, Limerick. This will be a charity
night for Children
First. Tickets: www.uch.ie
or Box office Tel: 061 331549. More information on the artist's official
Seven Last Words of Christ RTÉ
Vanbrugh Quartet (left) April tour - Haydn The Seven Last Words of
Christ. At times joyous, at times solemn, Haydn's famous musical meditations
on the seven last words of Jesus Christ for string quartet is one of his
best-known works. After each movement a short meditation will be read
by the Very Reverend Gordon Wynne, Dean of Leighlin. Wednesday 8 April,
8pm St Iberius Church, Wexford Tickets: €15 (concessions €12, students
€5) Booking: Booking: 053 912 3672 (9-5pm) / 087 970 3377 (10am-1pm) or
at the door. Also Tuesday 7 April All Saints' Church, Castleconnell, Limerick,
8pm Tickets: €15 Booking: At the door Further Information from Limerick
County Arts Office: 061 496498 and Friday 10 April (Good Friday) Church
of Our Lady and Saint John, Carrigaline, Co. Cork, 9pm No tickets are
being sold for this concert, for further information call Mary at 087
In response to St Paul's encouragement to the Ephesians to "sing psalms,
hymns and spiritual songs", The Soul Psalmists create an inspiring musical
fusion of different styles. Drawing from a range of influences including
gospel, soul, jazz, latin, hip-hop and R&B. They will perform as part
of an event organised by Catholic
Underground, an initiative of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal,
to promote the arts among young Catholics. It's on Saturday 28th of March
2009, from 7:30pm - 10:30pm in St. Mary of the Angels Church Church Street,
Dublin 7. The first part of the evening is Eucharistic adoration, and
begins with Vespers (Evening Prayer), while the second part showcases
Catholic artists. It's a donation only event.
Emmanuel Emmanuel 2009 is a celebration of liturgical
music in schools. This year's event will take place in The Helix at DCU
March 11-12 at 8 pm. The massed school choirs will be joined by the CYC
choir and an orchestra. More information and booking at www.thehelix.ie
Haugen and Alonso Liam Lawton, Marty
Haugen and Tony Alonso will lead an evening of music and reflection on
Friday 30th January at 8pm in the newly renovated Portlaoise Parish Church.
Cost: €10 per person which can be given at the door. More info here
It will be broadcast live on the web at http://www.churchservices.tv/live/Portlaoise/
The Lassus Scholars
The Lassus Scholars Choir, established in 1996, will give several concerts
over Christmas, including on Sun 21st Dec a service of lessons and carols
at 3.30pm in St Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, Dublin. On Christmas
Day, along with their junior section, Piccolo Lassothe they will sing
Puccini’s Messa di Gloria in Adam & Eve’s church, Merchants Quay at 11.30am.
Soloists Catalin Lazurca and Jeffrey Ledwidge will be accompanied by the
Orlando Chamber Orchestra. Piccolo Lasso, the junior section, caters for
boys and girls aged from nine to 16, and recently performed at Westminster
Cathedral in London.
Christmas with the Palestrina Choir of St Mary's Pro-Cathedral- 4 December
2008 8:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM, National Concert Hall. The Palestrina
Choir, Orchestra of St Cecilia, Gerard Gillen, organist, Sylvia O'Brien,
soloist Alison Browner, soloist Blanaid Murphy, conductor Vivaldi Gloria
Lübeck Christmas Cantata Selection of Seasonal favourites. NCH
Website for booking.
Christmas Concert 1 December 2008 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM, National
Concert Hall, Dublin 2. Goethe-Institut Choir with John Dexter, conductor.
Schutz, The Christmas Story - Traditional German and English Christmas
carols incl Messiaen, O sacrum convivium, Messiaen Dieu, parmi nous, Bach
Christmas Oratorio Part 4, along with music from Messiaen and well-known
German and English Christmas carols. NCH
Website for booking.
A celebration of African gospel music, from this Grammy Award
winning group - in concert at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Sun 30 Nov
8pm. FRom £19.50. For details ring 048-90334455.
November 8th - Dominican college Wicklow Tickets: Contact 0404 68111
November 14th - The Venue Theatre, Ratoath Tickets: The Venue Theatre
Box office Tel: 01 6895600 or www.venuetheatre.ie
November 21st - The Maritime Hotel,Bantry Tickets: Contact Nora @ 086
1948074 or Hotel reception @ 027 54700
November 28th - Church of the Immaculate Conception, Derry Tickets: (028)071
342303 or from The Republic Of Ireland Tel: (048) 71 342303
December 3rd - Radisson SAS Hotel, Galway (Christmas Gala night for Croí
The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation) Tickets: Contact Mary : 085
1490320 or Hotel Reception Tel: 091 538 300
December 4th - UCH, Limerick (Charity night for Children first) www.childrenfirst.ie
Tickets: www.uch.ie or Box office Tel: 061 331549
Harlem Gospel Choir - returning to Ireland for 2 concerts -
Fri 5 Dec Hillgrove Hotel Dingle,
Sat 7 Dec Vicar St. Dublin. 7.30 start times in both cases.
Workshops for Church choir and liturgy group members will take place in
St John's Church Carraroe Co Sligo and St Patrick's Church Knockroghery
Co Roscommon on Nov 10th 8 pm to 10 pm. The workshops will feature Fr
Turlough Baxter and Derek Mahaddy, and will concentrate on seasonal music
for Christmas and Advent.
Messiah - by George Frideric Handel Back by popular
demand at the Helix at DCU, Sat 6th December, featuring the return of
Enchiriadis Treis Choir with their much loved annual performance of Handel's
Messiah. This year, acclaimed soloists: Mary Hegarty (Soprano), Cliona
McDonough (Alto), David Revels (Tenor), and Charles Jonhston (Bass) join
the choir to sing this most popular seasonal favourite. Enchiriadis Treis
Choir and National Philharmonia Orchestra (Leader Clodagh Vedres) conducted
by Marion Doherty Hayden. You can join with the 130 choir voices singing
at full volume, the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus. Booking details here.
Gospel Choir The choir has some high profile events
on the way, and is now available for weddings. Upcoming 2008 dates include:
Sun 03 Aug at 8PM - Ardoyne Fleadh, Belfast; Sun 31 Aug at 12pm - Electric
Picnic; Fri 26 Sep at 10.30pm - Galway Oyster Festival; Fri 17 Oct at
8PM - Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire; Sat 18 Oct at 8PM - Droichead Arts
Centre, Drogheda; Thu 20 Nov at 8PM - Mermaid Arts Theatre, Bray. For
more info see the choir's website.
Pueri Cantores is a group that aims to promote peace and fellowship among
children through singing and to foster quality church music. Their national
conference takes place in St Patrick's College Maynooth on Sat Nov 15th,
with rehearsals from 12 pm. Contact Ite O'Donovan for details - 01-4539663
Those of you in Dublin schools will have got a brochure about Emmanuel
'09, an initiative whereby schhols are invited to take part in a celebrating
liturgical music. Deadline is Fri Nov 7th. There is a choice of inservice
workshops at the end of November and it all leads to a special day for
students in The Helix on March 12th. For info contact Grainne Clinton
at the Liturgy Resource Centre, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3 - 01-8379253
ext 241. There is no cost to schools. -
Liam Lawton is back - at the National Concert Hall on Tues 28th Oct 8
pm, with the Irish Session Orchestra. There will be new as well as familiar
material. See www.nch.ie
for details and booking.
Morning Good People!’ Sunday
October 5th, 3.00pm, THE FRIARY WEXFORD €7 or €5 unwaged—at door. This
presentation weaves story, music and song to tell the life of St. Francis—the
little poor man of Assisi “whose heart did not break until it embraced
the world entire.” (G.K. Chesterton). An inspiring, loveable and challenging
man. This will be the final Irish performance of ‘Good Morning Good People’.
Peter Kearney the composer narrates, sings and accompanies on guitar.
He has been invited to present this work in Franciscan Friary Churches
in many cities and towns including Dublin (Merchants Quay), Galway, Killarney,
Glasgow and Edinburgh. In September 2008 Peter is to take GMGP on a nine-concert
tour of Franciscan venues in England. Irish Franciscan Br. Niall O’Connell
OFM has described ‘Good Morning Good People!’ as “a moving and prayerful
journey”. It is mainly for adults but would also be enjoyed by secondary
and upper primary students. Duration—80 mins. Peter Kearney is an Australian
songwriter for whom music has been a full time work and ministry for over
Concerts Sat 18th Oct 8
pm - Ennis Gospel Choir Glor Irish Music Centre Ennis, Co. Clare
Sun 19th Oct - 8 pm Mornington Gospel Choir, St Michael's Church Clogher
Head Co. Louth. In aid of church restoration fund.
Sacred Arts Summer School
Inis Oírr, Aran Islands 21 – 25th July 2008. ‘Towards the Divine through
Irish Sacred Arts’ A week of Lectures, workshops, walks, prayer and meditations
exploring the mystical beauties of Irish Sacred Art as pathways to the
Divine. With: Dr Peter Harbison, Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe, Dr Muiris Ó Suilleabháin,
Tim Ó Neill, Padraigín Clancy, Eoin Ó Suilleabháin Lecture Topics: Ancient
stone art, high crosses, round towers, illuminated manuscripts, sacred
metalwork, church architecture, Irish stained glass, Irish monastacism.
Workshops: Calligraphy, Rushwork, Sacred Singing and Sacred art. More
info at www.gliondar.net
Lawton The Liam Lawton concert scheduled for
Knock basilica on Easter Monday has been postponed and will now take place
on Sunday 26th October 2008 instead.
See The Liam Lawton website
for more details. Note: this OCT concert has been
and Faith Conference An exhibition and conference on the links
between contemporary art and the modern Church will be held Oct 17-19
in the Carmelite Friary, Kinsale, Co. Cork. Called the "Faith in Form"
event it will feature print, photography, ceramics, textiles and sculpture.
Artists and theologians will attend. For more info contact: Pamela Hardesty,
021-4774837, 085-1478069 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
John Michael Talbot
returns to Ireland for a series of concerts. JMT is a Catholic singer
of reflective spiritual music from USA and is always a popular visitor
to Ireland. To sample his style check out the 3rd and 4th videos on this
page. His latest album is The Troubadour
Years, a 2-disc compilation with 34 of his best known songs from the
last 25 years.
are the tour details: 10/12/2008 8:30:00 PM Derry The Playhouse, St. Columb's Theatre
Tel 028 7126 6888 or 028 7135 1233 Orchard St. 10/15/2008 8:00:00 PM Termonfeckin Church of the Immaculate Conception
Tel 041 982 2121 Co Louth E-mail: TermonFechinParish@eircom.net 17/10/2008 8:00:00 PM Dublin Church of the Resurrection Tel 01
832 3150 Bayside, Sutton 18/10/2008 8:00:00 PM Dublin St. Mary of the Angels Church Street
19/10/2008 8:00:00 PM Lucan Church of the Divine Mercy Tel 086
824 7132 Balgaddy Rd., Co Dublin
from Veritas From 6-31 October there's an exhibition
of the photography of Sr Rose Marie Tulacz SND. It's in the Veritas Gallery
As some of you in Dublin Diocese might have been informed there will be
an inservice on poetry in Religious Education on Tuesday 7th Oct in Glendalough,
given by Faitharts editor Brendan O'Regan. Some places may still be available
- if interested ring the Diocesan Advisors at 01-8379253. If you're already
coming please say hello! For those who can't make it the resources are
available on request.
Festival The 21st Gerard
Manley Hopkins Literary Festival takes place in Monasterevin from 19th
to 25th July. There are loads of workshops, lectures and concerts, with
literary and musical themes, as well as a Youth Programme. For more details
check out the Festival
MAD2008 Make a Difference
2008 is a Christian Music Festival taking place on Sunday June 15th 2008
in Ballinacoola in Glenealy village – close to Wicklow Town. Bands include
Elation Ministries who have played for Youth 2000 and Knock Youth Festival
rallies, along with Ben Cantelon and the Soul Survivor Band among others.
More info here.
The Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir will be in concert at the
National Concert Hall on March 10th 2008 at 8 pm. Ticket prices range
from €20 to €40, and are available from the box office or online.
also play the Waterfront Hall Belfast on March 9th - see Ticketmaster
of Richard Leonard SJ The Jesuit Communication Centre in Ireland has
organised a number of public events this month for Australian Jesuit Richard
Leonard, lecturer in cinema and theology. Richard’s recent book, Movies
that Matter: reading film through the lens of faith, will be launched
by Peter Sheridan on Wednesday 20 February 2008 at the Uí Chadhain Theatre
in the Arts Building, Trinity College, at 7.30pm. On Tuesday 19, he will
be a guest on the Ryan Tubridy show, which starts at 9.00am on RTÉ Radio
1. And on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm, he will be a guest of Slí Eile at
one of their monthly debates. For more details about the Slí Eile event,
contact Fernando Galligo at 086-1021490 or the Slí Eile office (01-8880606).
Some of Fr Leonard's writings can be found here.
Gospel Choir The Dublin Gospel Choir will bring their
music to many venues this year, including the Wicklow Arts Festival (Fri
May 9th 8 pm) and Éigse Festival Carlow (Sat June 7th 8 pm). Their
"Night of Soul" event will take place in Darndale (Fri Feb 22nd
8.30 pm), Cornduff (Fri March 7th 8.30 pm) and Celbridge (Fri April 11th).
They play at Mass every second Sunday in the church of Our Lady of the
Angels, Church St Dublin, from Sunday February 17th 7 pm. More details
on their website.
Awards The Dove Awards recognise achievements
in Gospel music in the USA. This year's ceremony will take place April
23rd 2008 in Nashville. More info, including past winners, here.
Festival The Dublin Handel Festival will take
place from Sunday April 13th until Friday April 18th 2008. Our Lady’s
Choral Society and the National Sinfonia, conducted by Prionnsías Ó Duinn,
will once again open this year’s Handel Festival with a performance of
“Messiah on the Street”, beside the original site where the Messiah received
its world premiere in 1742. Members of the audience are encouraged to
join in and sing along with the choir to the well known excerpts, including
the ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus. Taking place from April 13th – 18th
in 2008 this year’s Handel Festival will include a programme of FREE concerts,
talks, tours, interactive activities, and family events in Temple Bar
including a full length, FREE performance of Messiah in Christchurch Cathedral
by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. A special treat will be "Messiah
on the Street, in Fishamble St, Temple Bar. More general info here.
There is also a competition for schools as part of this event, based on
the life and/or works of Handel. Competition details here.
Starting on Palm Sunday 2008 is yet another film enactment of the life
of Christ. It is produced by the BBC and HBO (USA) and runs for six nights
during Holy Week. Jesus will be played by the relatively unknown Joseph
Passion on BBC This Easter BBC 1 is broadcasting a major
series, The Passion, dramatising the Holy Week and Easter Story.
Joseph Mawle (left) plays Jesus. For more information, including broadcast
dates and times see the previews page, and
for regular reviews of the series as it develops see the blog.
at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin, there's an exhibition
of replica high crosses, from the 9th to the 12th centuries.
The Hutchisons from Canada (see Music page) have
set up online sales on theirwebsite. The albums Grace Child, Hope
for Sure and Christmas can all now be purchased through the
secure, PayPal-powered shopping cart, which you can find out more about
This fine US contemporary singer/songwriter will give a concert in Whelans
Dublin on Friday Dec 7th at 8 pm - tickets from Ticketmaster and usual
outlets. She will also perform at the Console Christmas Celebration of
Light in Maynooth at 4 pm on Sunday Dec 9th (see here
for details). Her new double CD, Prism, is an album of spiritual
songs from many religious traditions, some new, some traditional. Review
There's a workshop on on Satrday Oct 20th 2007, in Belfast. It is organised
by Schola Gregoriana, a group originating from Queen's University. Info:
scholagregoriana at hotmail.com
"THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS" PAINTINGS BY JOHN DUNNE Edit Stein room St Teresa’s
Pastoral Centre Clarendon Street Church, Dublin Opening Reception 18.30
Thursday 1st November 2007 Exhibition runs until 10th November 2007 10.00am
Contemporary Gospel artist John Michael Talbot is coming to Mt Argus Church
in Kimmage Dublin on 20th October to lead a night of Prayerfulness and
Song centered around his music. He has just released his 50th recording
called 'Living Water'. ...There are no tickets and no cost for this evening
- just a collection to defray expenses. It should be a very special evening.
Francis Musical Good
Morning Good People! is a musical presentation of the life of St Francis
of Assisi by Australian singer songwriter Peter Kearney. It will be presented
on Friday October 5th in St Kevin's church Glendalough Co. Wicklow, 7.45
- 9.30 pm. Admission free, but donations welcome.
BUNCLODY, Co. Wexford "Tuesday October 9th., 8.00pm
Church of the Most Holy Trinity. Euro10 or Euro 7 unwaged. Proceeds to
WYD Fund. KILDARE- Tuesday October 16th., 7.30pm. St. Brigid's Parish
Church, Bride St., Kildare. Female vocalist: Shauna Boyle. Admission:
CLONMEL-Wednesday October 17th., 7.30pm. Franciscan Friary Church, Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary. Female vocalist: Shauna Boyle. Admission: Euro 10 or Euro
8 unwaged DUBLIN "Priorswood, Friday October 19th., 7.30pm. St. Francis
of Assisi Church, Clonshaugh Drive, Priorswood, Dublin. Female vocalist:
Shauna Boyle. Admission: Euro 7 or Euro 3 child.
WEXFORD- Sunday October 28th., 3.00pm. Church of the Annunciation, Clonard,
Wexford Town. Solo presentation. Admission: Euro 7 or Euro 5 unwaged-
at door. LOUGHREA "Ballyduggan Friday November 9th., 8.00pm. St. Jarlath's
Church, Ballyduggan (near Loughrea). Euro 10 or Euro 7 unwaged- at door.
NAAS - Ballycane. Tuesday November 13th., 8.15pm. Church of the Irish
Martyrs, Ballycane. Solo presentation. By donation.
DUBLIN - RATHFARNHAM. Friday November 16th., 8.00pm. Solo presentation.
The Divine Word Church, Marley Grange, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Euro 10
or Euro 7 unwaged- at door.
CASTLEBRIDGE, Co. Wexford. Wednesday December 5th., 8.00pm. Solo presentation.
St. Ibar's Church, Castlebridge, Euro 10 full / Euro 8 unwaged - at door
Music at the Cork Jazz Festival 2007
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA and THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS
Gospel Double Bill CORK OPERA HOUSE, Emmet Place, Cork SUNDAY OCTOBER
28th at 8.15pm SHARP ADM €40 (plus booking fee) For tickets call the Box
Office at (021) 427 0022 Or book online at www.corkoperahouse.ie
No refunds. This is a fully seated concert – doors open at 7.30pm
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Formed some six and a half decades ago, The
Blind Boys of Alabama are the Iron Men of music. They predate Elvis, Little
Richard and Al Green yet, even in their 70s, they are still at the top
of the gospel charts and have won an impressive four consecutive Grammy
Awards in the past four years. www.blindboys.com
THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich
variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal gospel
repertoire with a new twist: the wailing, shouting, singing voice of the
steel guitar, played as you have never heard it played before. First time
in Ireland. www.campbellbrothers.com
Play on Saintly Priest
As part of the Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival (Sept 07) there will be
a new play on the life of Titus Brandsma, a Dutch journalist priest who
fell foul of the Nazis and was executed in Dachau. Written by Aidan Harney,
it runs from 10th to 15th September in The Carmel Hall, Whitefriar's Church,
Aungier St Dublin. For bookings phone 1850 374643.
There is a major RE congress coming up from 5th to 7th October 2007 in
St Patrick's College Drumcondra. There is a Congress Poet, Tom Hamill,
and some of his work is available at the Congress
website , along with information on congress worshops and a booking
form. The workshop by Clare Maloney - Teaching from the Boat: Language,
Faith, Imagination should be of interest to visitors to Faitharts.
song and painting for Blessed Charles of Mount Argus
Blessed Charles of Mt Argus is going to be canonized on 3rd June. Mount
Argus of where Blessed Charles was a passionist priest are having a big
celebration mass on that day at 3pm. The canonization itself is going
to be televised from Rome by RTE, but Mt Argus itself is also having a
Novena of Hope running up to the canonization. This will start on 26th
May. Log on to www.mountargusparish.ie
for other details of times etc. (go to Novena of Hope on Left side of
Main page) This Novena is hopefully going to be broadcast through internet
television so people from all over the world can log on to see the speakers
etc. One of the guests is going to be Fr Liam Lawton. He has written the
new song for St Charles and he will be guesting at the novena on Monday
28th at 7.30pm to sing the song, which is called 'Come to Me'. Liam has
recorded this on to CD along with one of his other pieces 'Sing of a Lady'
(this song is to Our Lady of Hope who St Charles had great devotion to)
The CD will be available for sale during the Novena. Fr Kieran Creagh
(the Passionist priest who was shot in St Africa a few months ago ) will
also be one of the celebrants and speakers during the novena. Dublin Artist
James Hanley was comissioned to paint the new portrait of St Charles,
this portrait is to go on one of the national stamps in the next few weeks
and it can also be seen on the Mt Argus website.
The 20th Gerard Manley Hopkins International Summer School will take place
in Monasterevin from July 21 – 27, 2007. Internationally, it will offer
its widest range of visitors with 24 countries represented from Japan
to Slovenia, Russia to Sardinia. It claims to be the only Summer School
to offer a specially tailored Youth Programme geared to students. Some
scholarships are still available. Apply immediately. See the Hopkins Society
on St Francis of Assisi
Australian singer-songwriter Peter Kearney has written a musical about
the life of St Francis of Assisi, Good Morning Good People! which
he will perform with flute player Roma Dix in St Michael's Church Gorey,
Co. Wexford on Thursday May 31st at 7.30 pm. Go along for some aesthetic
nourishment! Download the poster here
(pdf file). For more information on Peter's work see his website http://www.hinet.net.au/~peterk/
This renowned choir will return to Ireland, for a convcert in Vicar St,
Dublin, on Sunday 11th November 2007 at 7.30 pm.
in Faith Sunday2007
The material for is now available on line at www.catechetics.ie
The website contains various materials designed to facilitate the celebration
of Education in Faith Sunday - which this year is on 4 February. Among
the materials available on the catechetics website are: A Liturgical Pack,
Resources for Schools, Resources for the home and materials dealing with
Deus Caritas Est. An extensive Web Directory of favourite religious sites
is also included. The theme for Education in Faith Sunday 2007 is Put
Out Into the Deep and a poster illustrating this theme has already
been sent to every parish in the country.
CDs Liam Lawton has a new Christmas CD - Christmas Song. Here's some
of what he says on his website: "In my collection of music I have many
Cds of Christmas Music down through the years but I was really delighted
to be asked by EMI Ireland to record my own Christmas collection which
we have called …..Christmas Song . These are the Songs and Carols that
I heard since I was a young boy , the songs that evoke their own mystery
and simple beauty. These are the songs that tell the story of the birth
of Love. " There's a detailed interview about the Christmas season with
Liam in this week's Irish Catholic
First charity and singer Tony Kenny have a new CD Mary Did You
Know. Price 15 Euro from Tony Kenny CD, Children First, Millennium House,
37 Beaumount Rd, Dublin 9. Proceeds to the charity which helps vulnerable
and homeless children.
singer Angela Hutchison (see music page)
has a new CD "Christmas", desribed by the publicity as follows: An acoustic
and acapella journey into the past and around the globe in celebration
of the breathtaking miracle we call "Christmas." There is a comprehensive
audio sample at http://www.angelahutchison.com
'A Choral Christmas' Milltown Parish Chamber Choir have launched a Christmas
CD, 'A Choral Christmas', which includes a varitey of seasonal hymns and
carols. The CD costs ?10 and is on sale from: Milltown Parish Centre,
adjoining the church on Milltown Rd. D6 The National Concert Hall Shop
Veritas Cathedral Books and Easons.
Boys of Alabama
The Blind Boys of Alabama and Ben Harper's "There Will Be A Light" has
been Grammy nominated for "Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album" and the
title track for "Best Gospel Performance." The Blind Boysl released their
new studio alubm, "Atom Bomb," on March 15. For more info see their website
Most prominent is U2's new album, How to Dismantle An Atomic
Bomb. There's always a good chance of spiritual content with U2 and
this album is no exception - of particular interest is the track Yahweh,
a striking musical prayer. On the Island label. Biscantoret - Sound of the Spirit is the latest release from the
monks of Glenstal Abbey and features songs, meditations, chants, hymns
and features Noirin Ni Riain, John O'Donoghue, and Marie-Bernadette O'Connor.
On Hummingbird label. Anúna's new album is Winter Songs, a collection that features
mostly Christmas carols. Included is the Wexford Carol, Oh Holy
Night, Pie Jesu, Silent Night and more. On the Danú label. Another Day's Journey is a new album by Eleanor Shanley and
Ivan Leparr. Songs include Give Me a Clean Heart and Heaven Help Us
All. Leparr's dedication on the album cover suggests strong gospel committment.
On Hummingbird label. Liam Lawton's new CD Another World is now available. The
new collection features such guest artists as Brian Kennedy, Moya Brennan,
The Celtic Tenors, Eimear Quinn, Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden, Roisin
O Reilly and Sharon Shannon among others . Standout songs include Labyrinth,
The Cloud's Veil and In the Quiet.
28/10/04: At a ceremony in Microsoft Ireland Head Office this year's Teachnet
Projects were launched. These are online projects by and for teachers.
The project linked to this site is Faith in Shakespeare, a look
at the religious themes in some of Shakespeare's plays. It's at www.teachnet.ie/boregan/Shakespeare
Passion of the Christ The
DVD/Video version of this powerful and controversial life of Christ, dircted
by Mel Gibson, is now available. This will make it available for school
use, but how suitable is it for the younger age groups? Using selected
clips may be a way into it for teachers reluctant to show it all. For
example he opening sequence is powerful in its imagery and deals dramatically
with the whole idea and nature of temptation. The Way of the Cross sequence
is rough, but there are many striking scenes - e.g. Jesus meeting his
mother as their paths cross and Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to shoulder
Nielsen Chapman - Recent CD This great American singer songwriter
has just released Hymns, an album of old Catholic songs, mostly
in Latin, but it's contemporary in style and great for meditation. It
is available from her website (www.bethnielsenchapman.com),
and should be in the shops, on the Sanctuary label.
Tommy Fleming has released a new album of spiritual and inspirational
songs on CD and DVD, on the Dolphin label: Here's the official blurb:
Voice Of Hope 2 CD & DVD A spectacular double CD recorded live in the
Basilica, Knock, Ireland Featuring a collection of uplifting songs performed
by Tommy and guest artists in a concert event that marks the first time
an entertainer has been allowed access to the magnificent Basilica. Recorded
before an audience of 5,000 people, the concert offers many stirring moments
which are enhanced by the magnificent setting. The performance features
Tommy with his band supported by an orchestra and choir. Guest soloists
include Phil Coulter and Eileen Ivers (of Riverdance fame). Cara Dillon
and Naoise Stuart-Kelly also perform wonderful duets with Tommy. Disc
1 • From A Distance • Morning Has Broken • Bright Blue Rose • Steal Away
• Love Can Build A Bridge • You Raise Me Up • Ships Are Sailing • Bygone
Days • Bridge Over Troubled Water • You've Got A Friend • The Rose •Amazing
Grace • Lady Of Knock • Disc 2 • Danny Boy • The Prayer • Sand And Water
• Hard Times • Something Inside So Strong • Angel • Ave Maria • Lady Of
Knock • She Can't Really Be Gone • Song For Ireland • The Things We've
Handed Down – The Rose • True Companion • Check out the Dolphin
Website for ordering details - follow this link and go to end of page.
New John Michael Talbot Album
John Michael Talbot has released a new album - Monk Rock, a sort
of return to his rock roots and the Jesus Movement. Check out his own
story of the album here.
Michael Talbot Album City of God is a recent John Michael Talbot new album. Like Table
of Plenty from 1998
it is a collection of well known folk hymns from the Catholic tradition,
including Earthen Vessels, Abba Father, Here I Am, Sing to the Mountains
and City of God. Click here
for audio samples on the artist's website.
It is reported that Mel Gibson's next project may be a film on the appearances
of Our Lady at Fatima. A spokesman for his company indicated that he would
like to do this. Gibson met the late Sr Lucia before she died and arranged
a special showing of The Passion of the Christ for her and the
sisters in her convent. Gibson has acquired the rights to the book Stealing
From Angels by Brian Dullaghan, and shooting is tentatively scheduled
The Hutchisons from Canada (see Music page) have
set up online sales on theirwebsite. The albums Grace Child, Hope
for Sure and Christmas can all now be purchased through our
secure, PayPal-powered shopping cart, which you can find out more about
Lawton - New CD/DVD
The Liam Lawton 'Song of the Celtic Soul' DVD and CD is on sale
in the shops from Friday 9th Nov 2007. The DVD and CD will be sold as
a set. The DVD was filmed in the Docklands of Dublin last year Set in
Dublin’s docklands this event was the first of its kind to be staged on
water in Ireland’s capital. The unique special event, with a stunning
stage designed around the theme of Angels by Alan Farquarson, featured
guests Roisin O’Reilly and the boy soprano Joseph Mc Manners, the full
Irish Film Orchestra and Chorus along with traditional Irish instruments.
The event was attended by almost 5,000 people. The orchestral arrangements
were done by the world renowned composer and arranger Nick Ingham whose
films include Shakespeare In Love, Cold Mountain, Billy Elliott and Finding
Neverland. The collection on this DVD and CD include many of the old favourites
- Cloud's Veil, Benedictus, Lament of the Virgin, Voice of an Angel
and more - there are also a few new pieces - 'Secret Land', 'I
Heard an Angel' 'Field of Dreams' - and Destiny (only on the
See a sample video here.
Bruce Springsteen DVD/CD
The new Bruce Springsteen music DVD, Live in Dublin features most
of the songs from his Seeger Sessions concerts, and some gospel numbers
are included - e.g. Oh Mary Don't You Weep, Jacob's Ladder, When the
Saints Go marching in, This Little Light of Mine. This comes in DVD
only edition or Audio CD edition or combined DVD/double CD. Bruce's website
features links to video samples from the DVD.
Film on the Resurrection The Investigation is the title of a new film on the Resurrection.
The Pope recently received a private screening, has opened in Spain and
will shortly be released in the USA. It tells the story of a Roman official
given the job of investigating the disappeance of the body of Jesus from
Praise of Mary
This is the title of a new CD of Marian hymns and chant from the Cistercian
Nuns of St Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Co. Waterford, who worked with singer
Nóirín Ní Riain on the project. Click here
for a video report on the abbey and the CD from RTE's Nationwide series.
This new film on William Wilberforce's campaign to end slavery in the
British Empire, released in March 2007 to coincide with the 200th Anniversary
on the abolition, is now available on DVD. Wilberforce was motivated by
his Christian faith, which also features in the film, as does his connection
with John Newton, the writer of the hymn. The official site for the film
includes trailers, resource materials and study guides dealing with the
film and with the issue of slavery in general - www.amazinggracemovie.com/
There's also an Irish site for the film (www.amazinggrace.ie)
where you can find cinema information and some resources relating to Ireland.
and Concert - James Kilbane
James Kilbane has released (March 07) a new album of spiritual songs -
Life's Miracle aims to be a collection that will be, according to the
singer, "practical for Christians in their everyday prayer".
In style it's praise and worship with a Country feel.
The Nativity Story film is now available on DVD. For trailers, video clips,
screensavers and even an interactive Advent calendar go to the official
website for the film. The US Catholic Conference review is here;
a review from the Catholic Education Resource Centre is here.
to Memphis Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor is one of the novels on the
Leaving Cert English Course (for 2007 at least). It's also useful for
R.E. teaching, using extracts, to deal with the issue of racial prejudice
(it's set in the deep south USA around 1941). There are some religious
elements as well as the central characters, the Logan family are religious,
pray together, go to church. Notes are available on this theme of prejudice
in the novel using key scenes as a way of breaking it down into manageable
sections. These are available as a Word document, or as plain text, on
request - will send them by email as an attachment - use contact details
With the release of the movie on DVD there's an Irish site to deal with
the issues raised - www.davincicodeireland.com
features, among other resources, free Powerpoint presentations and FAQ
sheets to download, with the offer of speakers to deliver the presentations
if required. There's also a comprehensive site from the U.S. Catholic
Conference - www.jesusdecoded.com
Poems Set to Music
Singer Sean O'Leary has an album of Hopkins poems set to music. There
are samples to listen to on the website
dedicated to this project - follow the link to "Play Demo". If the clips
don't work first time try the link to "Help" at the bottom the demo page
and you'll get an alternative way to play them. Particularly striking
are his versions of "I wake and feel the fell of dark" and "Spring". There
is a link on the site to buy the album.
Art in Tallaght
Five sculptures inspired by St Luke's gospel have been dedicated at Tallaght
Hospital in Dublin. The five scenes of healing are in bronze and ceramic
and depict Jesus healing illnesses and restoring peopl to their communities
and are in the chapel at the hospital.
Faith Alive is a group founded in England by Irish priest Fr Con Foley.
They are young people aiming to pass on the faith to other young people.
From One Generation to the Next is their new CD. Included are parts
of the Mass and new songs also. The CD can be ordered from their website,
which also has samples of the music to download: www.faithalivecyc.com
This is the title of a CD from Veritas, featuring appropriate music for
the Sacrament of Marriage. Read more.
A new study by the Parents' Television Council in the USA looks at Hollywood
depictions of religion - finds negative depictions of religion but more
positive depiction of faith in general. Read the full story here.
Hollywood producer Jake Eberts is to be involved in producing more gospel
movies, in association with Visual Bible International. In the short term
The Gospel of Mark will follow the most recent movie The Gospel
of John which gained cinema release. Eberts previous credits include
Chariots of Fire and Driving Miss Daisy.