We know the Score
Setanta Sell-out Concert a resounding success
A truly memorable concert
On Sunday 25th of February, Setanta Choir celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its foundation, with a Gala Concert at St. Patrick’s Church, Dundalk. Seventy five choir members, four soloists, and The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by gifted conductor David Brophy delivered a programme which will be remembered for a long time, both by the performers and the capacity (700) audience. We also had the honour of having a wonderful violin soloist joining us for the concert.
The programme comprised of W.A.Mozart Overture to Le Nozze Di Figaro, performed by the orchestra. This was followed by the beautiful Poème by Ernest Chausson performed by the very talented Dundalk violinist Jennifer Murphy. Mozart’s Coronation Mass came next, performed by choir, soloists and orchestra.
A Magnificent Programme
Following the interval the choir and orchestra performed extracts from The Peacemakers composed by Karl Jenkins. We revisited this work after performing the entire piece at Carnegie Hall, New York collaborating with other international choirs on that occasion.
The orchestra gave us The Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. The evening was brought to a close by the rousing Opera Choruses, Speed Your Journey, Anvil Chorus and Easter Hymn.
The soloists were:
Eileen Coyle, Soprano
Sharon Carty, Mezzo Soprano
Eugene Ginty ,Tenor
Christopher Cull, Baritone
The RTÉ Orchestra was the icing on the cake. The brass and timpani section were outstanding and dramatic, which contributed to a thrilling experience. The strings and woodwind, always strong sections of the orchestra, were truly fabulous.
The Orchestra was led by the outstanding Brona Cahill. Brona is from Dundalk and studied in London and the USA before coming back to enhance the string playing community here in Ireland.
Our musical director, Úna Murphy is the inspiration behind Setanta.
Her dedication to the choir and her belief in us makes us the best that we can be and better. Una’s patience combined with her commitment and skill are what has kept Setanta a dynamic and enjoyable experience for all of us. We thank her sincerely .
We also thank her for giving us her wonderful daughter, Jennifer. As a gifted violinist, she has delighted audiences since she first appeared with Setanta at age fourteen.
Jennifer studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
Her postgraduate studies were at The Royal Academy of Music, London and following this she moved to Toronto where she was awarded a performance fellowship at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Jennifer has studied with prestigious teachers and is now building up a formidable performance portfolio. She is an impressive talent.
This was a sold out concert. We are so grateful to all who supported it. Thank you for the standing ovations. Thank you for the amazing feedback from soloists and conductor, not to mention the appreciation of our audience.
Thanks to the committee who worked endlessly to create a seam free project and to Grace Wynne our tireless accompanist. Our deep appreciation. To the volunteers who helped on the night. You are much appreciated and your energy and enthusiasm kept everyone happy and allowed the choir to get on with what it does best – sing!.
See you all at our Birthday Party at The Crowne Plaza on 21st October. A concert of song, a night of entertainment guaranteed. Check our website later in the year to find out where to get your tickets. Space will be limited so get yours early.