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!