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Setanta Celebrate St. Patrick – 2019
Celebrate St Patrick
A Festival Choral Event in St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh on Saturday 9th March 2019
This year Setanta were invited to take part in an event to honour St Patrick. The celebratory choral
extravaganza in the magnificent St. Patrick’s R.C. Cathedral saw choirs from across Ireland and
further afield join with actors, singers and dancers for a truly memorable evening. The event was
organised and conducted by John Anderson and the singing was led by the wonderful Voices of
Setanta performed two songs:
The Lark in the Clear Air – an ancient Irish Melody arranged for SATB Choir by Alec Morley with
words by Sir Samuel Ferguson and Oró, ’s é do Bheatha ‘Bhaile, another traditional folk song, the
origins of which are a bit obscure, but several different uses of the tune and chorus can be
identified. Watch us and all who performed in the video below.
We travelled to Armagh by bus on Saturday morning and were warmly welcomed by John and his
team. Each choir had an opportunity to rehearse in this beautiful Cathedral before the massed
choir rehearsal at 4:30. Following this we had some free time to walk around the historic city and
get refreshments before the start of the concert @ 8:00 pm.
Shortly after 8 the concert began in the presence of his eminence Bishop Eamon Martin and other
invited guests. Each choir sang their chosen songs all of which had an Irish element or a reference
to St. Patrick. Having performed our pieces we sat back and enjoyed the performances of the other
choirs and artists. It was truly inspiring to see so many young singers involved in choral singing,
obviously enjoying the experience and the sound of their heavenly voices in this magnificent
Cathedral was indeed a treat.
For Setanta to sing in this beautiful Cathedral was indeed a privilege and is something that we will
all remember for a very long time.
The full concert was filmed and excerpts from the evening were included in a programme,
Celebrate St. Patrick, broadcast on RTÉ 1 on St. Patrick’s day.