Arts: National Chamber Choir to play in Graig

the National Chamber Choir of Ireland will perform their latest production, Equinox in Duiske Abbey on September 22.

the National Chamber Choir of Ireland will perform their latest production, Equinox in Duiske Abbey on September 22.

The concert will coincide with the Autumnal Equinox offering the varying representations of darkness and light through a wide range of sacred texts. The performance will be conducted by David Hill, one of the leading UK choral directors, in his debut with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland.

Hill’s entire programme is presented as a palindrome of dark and light, in equal quantities, beginning in the renaissance with Thomas Tallis’ luminescent O Nata Lux and then, interspersed throughout the performance, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Missa Vidi Speciosam à 8. Hill then brings us on a sweeping journey to the twentieth century where the music turns to darkness with Tenebrae representations by Rubbra Tristis est anima mea from Tenebrae Motets and Poulenc’s Tenebrae factae sunt. The programme concludes with Rutter’s Hymn to the Creator of Light and J S Bach’s magnificent Jesu Meine Freude - a palindrome in itself.

David Hill’s fine musicianship is recognised by his appointments as Chief Conductor of The BBC Singers, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of the Southern Sinfonia, Music Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society and Associate Guest Conductor of The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the concert at Duiske Abbey are priced at €15 and €12. For more information or to book tickets call 059 972 5893.