Cantóirí are singing a range of Christmas Carols in the lovely Chester Beatty Library in the grounds of Dublin Castle at 3pm on Saturday December 8th. Come and enjoy some music in the library’s atrium , maybe with some coffee and cakes from the Silk Road Cafe.
Acclaimed Paris-based choral and orchestral conductor and music therapist Martina Niernhaussen has been a frequent visitor to Cantóírí Choir over the past 10 years. This time we thought we’d share her!
In this 2-hour seminar, Martina will share her unique insights into unlocking the potential of your singing voice through an appreciation of vocal anatomy, breathing, posture, warm-ups, your singing resonators, singing and health.
Places are limited, email firstname.lastname@example.org ahead to reserve a spot!
Carol Concert for the Peter McVerry Trust, 6th December 2014
We are delighted to have participated in the Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Carol Concert in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on December 6th. The concert was hosted by Pat Kenny. Brian Kennedy was the headline act, joined by RTÉ Cór na nÓg, Cantóirí, Eileen Coyle and the Lassus Scholars.
Songs for a Summer Evening, St Patrick’s Cathedral, 21st May 2014
Hailing from Minnesota, USA, the Bemidji State University Choir, directed by Dr Bradley P Logan, has gained an international reputation for excellence having represented the United States of America five times at the international choral festival, The Europa Cantat and performed in prestigious venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral in London, St Nicholas Church in Prague and St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. The choir is returning to Europe in 2014 and will perform a spectacular concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin at 8.00pm on Wednesday 21st May with special guests Cantóirí Choir. The concert at St Patrick’s Cathedral will be in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust, a charity set up by Fr Peter McVerry in 1974 to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see two ensembles of an exceptional standard perform whilst supporting a very good cause.
Tickets : EUR 10 – available on the door – all proceeds to go to the Peter McVerry Trust.
A sparkling year-end celebration for the hardest working choir in Dublin – Cantóirí finished
another sterling year with a knock-out performance at the Voices by the Sea Festival in Greystones on Saturday 30th June 2012. This choral and family event held at Greystones Rugby Club hosted a pride of prestigious choirs on multiple stages, acts included the Hallelujah Gospel Choir, Ireland Unlimited, Galway Tribal Choir, Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir and Third Day Chorale.
Cantóirí performed a selection of songs to an attentive audience, lighting up the stage (or stand) with Monteverdi’s magnificent Si ch’io vorrei morir, Passereau’s playful Il est bel et bon and the celestial Factum est Silentium by Richard Dering.
The African-American spiritual This Train, arranged by David Thomas, always an audience favourite was followed by a stunning version of the Finnish song On suuri sun rantas autius with a beautiful solo by Sarah Turpinand the dynamic Geantraí as arranged by Dublin composer Michael McGlynn.
Concluding the set, Cantóirí performed Dramolett, a contemporary piece by Hungarian composer György Orbán, the haunting A Litany by William Walton and the contagiously quirky Russian folk song Veniki. A very fitting finale for a fantastic day!
Cantóirí celebrate Bloomsday Saturday 16th June 2012
Cantóirí were honoured to be included as part of the Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin on Saturday afternoon 16th June 2012. This very prestigious invitation was extended by Morgan Crowley, the Artistic Director and Coordinator for Bloomsday Events on behalf of the James Joyce Centre Dublin. The performance took place at the bandstand in Stephen’s Green to a windswept but appreciative audience of Joycean fans.
Cantóirí performed two songs from their extensive repertoire, the jaunting This Train arranged by David Thomas and a sonorous rendition of Dramolett by György Orbán. The Bloomsday/Cantóirí synergy was recognised by Irish Times journalist Derek Scally who mentioned our performance in The Irish Times Monday edition 18th June 2012, commenting that This Train was “the kind of music Joyce would have listened to in Paris.”