This special performance of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, usually heard on Good Friday and illustrating the sorrow and pain of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is dedicated to everyone mourning a loss, whether that be of a loved one, their work, life as we knew it or anything else which living through this pandemic has left us with.

 

Vivaldi's Nulla in Mundo (There is no true peace in this world without bitterness) is considered one of the most beautiful solo motets. The text considers the imperfections of the world and praises Jesus for the salvation he offers from it.

 

These sacred works also transcend the liturgical purposes for which they were written and appeal to a human nature which is intrinsically vulnerable but available to healing and therefore naturally resilient.

With special guests Aisling Kenny - Soprano, Mark Chambers - Counter Tenor and Ray O'Donnell - Organ.

The programme - Voces Luminis (voices of light) aims to reflect on the suffering we have all experienced and give whatever relief we can through the medium of sublime baroque music. The programme moves through reflective and sorrowful colours to find the light and lift the spirits with a celebratory and thankful tone of Corelli's Concerto Grosso No. Op.6 No. 4.

 

The beauty within this music is at once divine and mortal and the ability to celebrate and be thankful is so important during these difficult times. We hope you love this programme and thank you for your valued support.

Produced with funding from the Arts Council and Galway City Council.

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All tickets €10

The Soloists

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Aisling Kenny, is a soloist and ensemble singer specialising in early music and art song. She pursues a busy freelance career at home and abroad and sings frequently as a soloist in chamber music and oratorio. She has sung as a soloist with Irish Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Marlborough Baroque, Luminosa String Orchestra, The Orchestra of St Cecilia, Linden Baroque and the Staatskapelle Halle and as a soloist with numerous choirs including Resurgam, Sestina, and Chamber Choir Ireland. Aisling features regularly in the National Concert Hall’s Chamber Music Series, most recently with IBO for their La Donna Barocca project directed by Claire Duff, and Handel in Italy with countertenor Francesco Giusti directed by Peter Whelan.

Soprano

Aisling Kenny

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Since leaving the Royal Northern College of Music in 1992, Mark Chambers has enjoyed a varied career both as a soloist and ensemble singer.  He has performed opera at the Royal Opera House, The Globe Theatre, Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Beijing, Jerusalem and New York. As an ensemble singer Mark has performed with Tenebrae, The Monteverdi Choir, The Gabrieli Consort, Gallicantus, Theatre of Voices and Alamire.  In the commercial world, Mark provided the Voice of the Ood for the BBC Dr Who series and has appeared on soundtracks to many movies.  Mark currently lives in Buncrana, Co. Donegal and combines his singing career with teaching voice at the University of Birmingham, and as musical director of Sestina. 

Countertenor

Mark Chambers

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