Chamber Choir Ireland with Chatham Saxophone Quartet conducted by James Wood On tour 21st– 31st Oct

15 September 2016



Chamber Choir Ireland with Chatham Saxophone Quartet conducted by James Wood

On tour 21st– 31st October 2016  


“A choir at the peak of its achievement”

The Irish Times


“Assured technical brilliance...undeniable musicianship”

The Irish Independent (on Chatham Saxophone Quartet)


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 Pärt, Gesualdo, Kancheli, Bruckner and Britten, conducted by renowned British musicologist James Wood from 21st – 31st October. Details at 

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.


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                          
Johann Hermann Schein - Padouana, 1st Movement from Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 16 in A minor
Anton Bruckner - Ave Maria    
Giya Kancheli - Amao Omi (Senseless War)   


On tour 21st – 31st October 2016

  • Friday 21st October, St. Peter’s Church, Drogheda, 7.30pm, €18 / €16 / €5 (students/children), 041 9833946 (Droichead Arts Centre) /, Promoted by Drogheda International Classical Music Series
  • Saturday 22nd October, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, 8.00pm, €20 / €18 Tel 061 774774 / 061 953400 from end of August /, Promoted by Lime Tree Theatre
  • Saturday 29th October, St. George’s Church, Belfast, 7.30pm, Ticket details at Promoted by Belfast International Arts Festival
  • Sunday 30th October, St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 8.00pm, €20/€15/€5 Tel 01 4750224 /, Promoted by Music Network and Chamber Choir Ireland
  • Monday 31st October, St. Iberius Church, Wexford, 1.30pm, €20 Tel 053 9122144 /, Promoted by National Opera House/Wexford Festival Opera



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Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network: (01) 4750224 or

Beccy Fitzpatrick, Marketing & PR Executive, Chamber Choir Ireland: (01) 5545212 or