Christmas cheer as the Palestrina Choir makes a magical return

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Experience the magic and sparkle of Christmas with the boys, girls and gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir for their one-night-only concert on Saturday 10th December at 8pm which makes a welcome return after a three-year hiatus. This joyous event will take place in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and is considered by many to be the stand-out carol service of the festive season – and a sure sign that Christmas is almost here! The night will be compered by RTÉ’s Mary Kennedy.

hree years is a very long time particularly if you are only six years of age. And this is the tender age of the youngest choir members of the Palestrina Choir who will have the very first opportunity to perform live at the annual Christmas Carol Service. There will be no better way to capture the Christmas spirit this year than to hear them all perform the classic and most-loved carols in the majestic surroundings of the National Concert Hall.

Over the last few years, it was challenging at times to keep the young six to eleven-year-olds motivated, rehearsing online and then as restrictions eased singing with masks, two metres apart. But now they are thrilled to be back at what they love – singing live! The choir will deliver a heart-warming selection of Christmas favourites ranging from Hark! The Herald Angels SingDing Dong Merrily on High and Silent Night.

Palestrina Choir

There are other celebrations afoot next year for the choir as they celebrate their 120-year anniversary of the Palestrina Choir, founded by Edward Martyn in 1903 (also co-founder of Abbey Theatre with W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory and George Moore). Since 1903 it has become one of the most well-known and respected musical groups in the country and overseas. They are regularly called upon to perform at high profile state and Diocesan events such as State Funerals and in Áras an Uachtaráin and overseas they have performed in the Sistine Chapel and at Papal Masses most recently celebrated by Pope Francis.

So, what better way to kick off the anniversary celebrations than with the Christmas Concert performance on the 10th December? The Palestrina Choir will be joined by Continum Youth ChoirDublin Brass Band and resident organist, Aleksandr Nisse. This not-to-be-missed show will be conducted by Musical Director, Blánaid Murphy, produced by Noel McDonagh, with Mary Kennedy as compere. 

Tickets available at – this is a sell-out event so don’t delay!

There is so many different potential angles from what makes young boys join, go to choir practice when their mates are playing football or x box,  to the opportunities they get by joining up.  

Palestrina Choir

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