The Gaudete Singers return to Saint Bartholomew’s on Saturday, 10 March at 8.00pm for Songs of Farewell: Music by Parry, Stanford, and Wood. The concert will be directed by David Leigh and will feature music to mark both the centenary of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s death in October 1918 and the end of the Great War in November 1918.
Tickets are available at the door for €15, €10 concession, and €5 for students with ID. Included in the ticket price is a glass of wine or soft drink after the show.
Songs of Farewell C Hubert H Parry (1848 – 1918)
Justorum animae Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)
Coelos ascendit hodie Charles Villiers Stanford
Beati quorum via Charles Villiers Stanford
Hail gladdening light Charles Wood (1866 – 1926)
Nunc Dimittis Charles Wood
Parry, along with many of his generation, was devastated by the huge loss of young life during the war. For Parry, who held German music and its traditions in the highest esteem, it was especially agonising to see the war decimate the population of up-and-coming composing talents at London’s Royal College of Music.
Most of the Songs of Farewell were written in 1915, and the first performance of five of the six motets was in May 1916. Sadly, Parry did not live long enough to hear the entire set performed as a group; he died of influenza in October 1918. One of his motets— There is an old belief—was sung at his funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he is buried.
Parry’s Songs of Farewell are widely acknowledged as masterpieces of unaccompanied choral writing and are a fitting tribute to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.
We hope you’ll come to soak up the sounds of this masterful music in our beautifully refurbished church!
The new membership year for the Friends of the Saint Bartholomew’s Choir begins soon! Please consider joining this worthy scheme. All donations made will be used solely for the maintenance of our choir and musical tradition. The membership year runs from 1 September 2017—31 August 2018, and we offer two schemes:
Standard (€75 per annum)
- Acknowledgement by name in all choir concert programmes and on our website
- A complimentary copy of any new recording produced by the choir
- All issues of Music @ Saint Bartholomew’s magazine published while your membership is valid
Gold (€150 per annum)
- All standard benefits
- Two complimentary tickets for all choir concerts held at Saint Bartholomew’s
If you are interested in helping to keep our musical tradition flourishing, please pick up a Friends of the Choir membership form at the back of the church. We also accept online subscriptions through our website here.
Thank you to everyone who supports our choir!
We’ve just posted a music list that runs until August 27. It is available here.
The Dublin Symphony Orchestra concert Scandinavian Sagas will take place on Saturday, 27 May at 8.00pm at Saint Bartholomew’s. Hear such wonderful favourites as Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Symphonic Dances, as well as Sibelius’s Karelia Suite and Finlandia. Tickets can be bought at the door for €15. Concession and children’s prices are also available.
Tristan Russcher, our music director, announces that the choir summer concert Vivaldi Gloria will take place on Sunday, 4th June at 6 p.m. The concert will be followed by a sparkling wine reception. Tickets will cost €10 and are available here.
The Select Vestry of Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road, seeks to appoint stipendiary singers to sing at the Sunday morning and feast day Eucharists during term time. Remuneration is offered at €1500 per annum. Auditions are to be held at the end of May 2017 for posts commencing on 24th August. Please email email@example.com for more information.
A sumptuous soundscape marks the season of Lent at our concert on Saturday 25th March.
Crucifixus: Music for Lent by Gerald Finzi, Francis Grier, Kenneth Leighton and William Walton
The Gaudete Singers
Conductor: David Leigh
Organ: Tristan Russcher
Tenor: Warwick Harte
Saturday, 25th March 8.00pm
St Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road, Dublin 4
Tickets: €15 available on the door, concession €10, students €5 with ID, all including a glass of wine/soft drink afterwards.
Crucifixus Pro Nobis – Kenneth Leighton (1929 – 1988)
Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice – Gerald Finzi (1901 – 1956)
Thou, O God, art praised in Zion – Francis Grier (1955 –)
A Litany (Drop, Drop Slow Tears) – William Walton (1902 – 1983)
We hope to see you on 25th March and please join us for a glass of wine after the concert (included in the ticket price).
RSCM Ireland are inviting singers to join forces with the Choirs of Saint Bartholomew’s in a “Come and Sing” performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on Monday 10th April. Rehearsal starts at 5:30pm with performance at 8:00pm. More details are available from RSCM Ireland.
Our choristers did some singing at the opening night for Winter Funderland today. If you look closely you can see them in the official promotional video.
Our Christmas Concert on December 11th is now fully sold out. There will not be tickets at the door.