Chamber Choir Ireland with Chatham Saxophone Quartet conducted by James Wood (Ireland/England)

Chamber Choir Ireland with Chatham Saxophone Quartet conducted by James Wood (Ireland/England)

Chamber Choir Ireland and Chatham Saxophone Quartet perform a programme of exquisite spiritual music featuring repertoire by Pärt, Gesualdo, Kancheli, Bruckner and Britten, conducted by renowned British musicologist James Wood from 21st – 31st October.

Tour Dates

Fri 21 Oct, 7.30pm St. Peter's Church, Drogheda
Sat 22 Oct, 8pm St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick
Sat 29 Oct, 7.30pm St. George's Church, Belfast
Sun 30 Oct, 8pm St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Mon 31 Oct, 1.30pm St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Music Network and Chamber Choir Ireland present a very special collaboration this October between Chamber Choir Ireland and Chatham Saxophone Quartet, in a programme of exquisite spiritual music featuring repertoire by Arvo Pärt, Gesualdo, Kancheli, Bruckner and Britten, conducted by renowned British musicologist James Wood.

Conductor James Wood was awarded the prestigious ECHO Klassik Prize in 2013 for his monumental reconstruction and recording of Gesualdo’s sacred music, which had lain unperformed for over 400 years. For this tour combining the very different but complementary sound worlds of saxophone quartet and choir, he has programmed original and arranged works from the renaissance through to contemporary compositions.

Recognised for its unique approach to recording and programming, Chamber Choir Ireland is Ireland’s foremost choral ensemble. Under its award-winning Artistic Director Paul Hillier, the choir has gained a reputation for outstanding performances of works spanning early to contemporary music, together with commissions by composers such as Gerald Barry, Tarik O’Regan, Siobhán Cleary, Stephen McNeff and Jennifer Walshe.

Runaway winners of Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2012, the superlative Chatham Saxophone Quartet has repeatedly won plaudits for its bravura performances and versatility. With an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz genres, this unique ensemble pushes the boundaries of what a saxophone quartet can be.

This touring partnership combining Music Network’s touring expertise, honed over its thirty years as Ireland’s national touring agency, with Chamber Choir Ireland’s spellbinding performance pedigree, is funded by The Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.

Fri 21 Oct St. Peter's Church, Drogheda 7.30pm , €18 / €16 / €5 (students) 041 9833946 Drogheda International Classical Music Series
Sat 22 Oct St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick 8pm , €20 / €18 061 774774 Lime Tree Theatre
Sat 29 Oct St. George's Church, Belfast 7.30pm Ticket details from end of June Belfast International Arts Festival
Sun 30 Oct St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 8pm , €20 / €15 / €5 (students) 01 4750224 Music Network and Chamber Choir Ireland
Mon 31 Oct St. Iberius Church, Wexford 1.30pm , €20 053 9122144 National Opera House / Wexford Festival Opera

Johannes Ockeghem Intemerata Dei Mater        

Arvo Pärt Virgencita                           

Benjamin Britten A Hymn to the Virgin       

Arvo Pärt Fratres                                                                                          

Carlo Gesualdo Ave sanctissima Maria   

Jacob Obrecht Salve Regina                          

J. H. Schein Padouana, 1st Movement from Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 16 in A minor

Anton Bruckner Ave Maria

Giya Kancheli Amao Omi (Senseless War)

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Two poems by Wendy - Cork International Choral Festival 2010


Michael Nyman songs for Tony - Imeall TG4


"Assured technical brilliance...undeniable musicianship"

- The Irish Independent on Chatham Saxophone Quartet

"A choir at the peak of its achievement"

- The Irish Times