Monday, May 29, 2023

Vivaldi GLORIA: our summer concert, June 2023

Our summer concert for June 2023 brings together three of Galway choirs, to raise funds for Claddagh Watch, to support their work creating a safer environment around Galway city’s waterways.

The evening will include performances by Ignite Gospel choir, Galway’s premier male voice a cappella group, the Galway Baytones and string trio Sophia Mantu, Ciara Mantu and Fiona McKree, fresh from their award-winning performances at the Feis Ceoil. The anchor work is our performance of the Vivaldi Gloria in D major RV589.

Our summer concert traditionally brings together a diverse range of choirs, and we also aim to give a platform to emerging performers, and to showcase the breadth of singing opportunities in Galway. 

The Vivaldi GLORIA is a multi-movement setting of 'Gloria in excelsis Deo' with beloved sections which express the joy of music, and others which are deeper and more challenging for singers, but still appealing to a wide audience.  We will be accompanied by organist Peter Barley.”

The concert is at 8pm on Saturday 10 in the Augustinian Church in Middle St. Tickets are €20 and must be purchased in advance from choir members, Eventbrite, or from Opus II music shop in High Street.

Monday, January 9, 2023

Mozart's Requiem, with orchestra - January 2023

Our January 2023 concert was a performance of Mozart's Requiem, with orchestra.   
Read on to see the programme, read the the press-release, and view a video of the performance.

Concert Programme

--- Press release: 21 January 2023 ---

One of Mozart's finest and most original works, the Requiem (1791) is being presented by Galway Choral Association this week.   Accompanied by orchestra, the concert features soloists Catherine Redding, Sarah Luttrell, Andrew Gavin Jeffrey Ledwidge, under the baton of musical director Norman Duffy.

“Performing the Requiem is a great honour” says Norman Duffy.  “The dramatic power of Mozart’s composition highlights the austere and ultimately redemptive language of the text of the requiem mass...” And we are extremely pleased to welcome four outstanding soloists to Galway, and to work with 25 fine orchestral musicians, some of whom are from Galway’s own string orchestra, Luminosa.

“We’re delighted to once again be performing for a Galway audience,” says Carol Duffy, Chairperson of Galway Choral Association.   “The Requiem includes the magnificent Lacrimosa which was made famous by the movie Amadeus, and many other sections that are easily recognisable.”
“The evening marks the 25th anniversary of the choir’s foundation, celebrates our return to normality following the two years of silence during the recent pandemic, and remembers those who have passed during this time”, Carol said.

The concert is at 8pm on Saturday 28 January in St. Nicholas’ Collegiate church in Lombard St.  Tickets are €22 / €20, available from Eventbrite, Opus II in High St (091 500 300), or choir members.  A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

Concert video