Wednesday 27 March 2019

Choral societies sing new work

Organist John Morris and pianist Cormuin Ó Raghallaigh
Organist John Morris and pianist Cormuin Ó Raghallaigh
Tenor Ross Scanlon
A packed Holy Redeemer Church
Choir members singing Invictus

Mary Fogarty

There was a large crowd in the audience at the Holy Redeemer in Bray last Sunday evening for a performance of composer Howard Goodall's new work 'Invictus: A Passion' by Bray and Wicklow Choral Society.

They performed the Irish premiere of the work the previous night in St Andrew's Church in Westland Row. The choirs were joined by soloists from Bray, soprano Sarah Power and tenor Ross Scanlon.

'Invictus: A Passion' is a musical retelling of the passion of Jesus Christ. The work is unusual in that the story is told from the perspective of women using texts written by women. It describes human suffering and persecution, but also the transformative power of love in the face of tyranny.

Howard Goodall CBE is one of Britain's best known composers. His choral masterpiece 'Eternal Light: A Requiem' has been performed by hundreds of choirs all over the world since its premiere in 2008. He has written scores for many films and television programmes, such as the 'Mr Bean' series, 'The Vicar of Dibley' and 'Blackadder'.

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