Launch of the ESB Great Christmas Concert 2019.

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4 December 2019

The choirs of Dublin Choral Foundation, the Lassus Scholars and Piccolo Lasso will present The ESB Great Christmas Concert at the National Concert Hall on Tuesday 17 December 2019 at 8pm.

Proudly sponsored again by ESB, the Great Christmas Concert celebrates the continued success of Ireland’s foremost musical festival, Feis Ceoil, founded in 1897.

On this special occasion the Lassus Scholars and Piccolo Lasso, with conductor Dr Ite O’Donovan, will be joined by the Orlando Chamber Orchestra, under leader Gillian Williams.

Special Guests include Lassus, Dublin Choral Foundation’s fully professional Chamber Choir, who will sing polychoral Christmas motets by Renaissance Composer Orlande de Lassus after whom all the choirs have been named.

Two wonderful soprano soloists, Blathnaid Conroy Murphy and Eileen Coyle, members of Lassus, will perform duets and solos including Laudamus Te (from Vivaldi’s Gloria), Reger’s Maria Wiegenlied and Mendelssohn’s Sit laus plena.

Feis Ceoil 2019 prizewinners Maria Rojas (oboe) and Niamh Huethorst (French horn) will have the opportunity of playing concerto movements by Mozart with the Orlando Chamber Orchestra. 

Katie Richardson McCrea who began her singing career at age nine as a member of Piccolo Lasso and won the Contralto and Oratorio prizes in Feis Ceoil this year will sing  ‘But who may abide’ from Handel’s Messiah.

As always The Lassus Scholars & Piccolo Lasso will sing rousing choruses, including Vivaldi’s Gloria (1st movt.) and Christmas Music from Messiah. There will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation in carols and Chrismas songs and a chance to sing-a-long in the “Hallelujah Chorus”.

Tickets priced €13 – €35 are available from the NCH Box Office — www.nch.ie or  01 4170000.

This popular family event is no ordinary concert.
It’s an occasion not to be missed!

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