National Chamber Choir in Kilkenny

STRAIGHT from the recording studio recording music by Gerald Barry, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland (NCCI) will perform at St Canice’s Cathedral this Sunday at 4pm.

STRAIGHT from the recording studio recording music by Gerald Barry, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland (NCCI) will perform at St Canice’s Cathedral this Sunday at 4pm.

The hauntingly simple soundworld of a setting of the St John Passion or Passio is the quintessential example of the tintinnabuli style for which the composer Arvo Pärt is best known.

Lasting little over an hour, Passio is scored for tenor and bass soloists, Evangelist vocal quartet, instrumental quartet and choir. Conducted by the National Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director, and a leading authority on Pärt’s work, Paul Hillier; the series is presented with the award-winning Theatre of Voices, Denmark and YXUS Ensemble, Estonia both performing for the first time in Ireland.

Widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost vocal groups, Theatre of Voices was founded by Paul Hillier in 1990 and re-established in Denmark when he moved to that country in 2004. The group presents a wide range of contemporary music, often juxtaposed

with elements of early music.

The performance will take place at St Canice’s Cathedral on March 24 at 4pm. Admission is €15 and €10.