It was a great joy this week to have lunch with Killian Farrell, who was a chorister in the Palestrina Choir.
Killian was such an enthusiastic and able chorister that it is no surprise that he now has a most successful and flourishing career in Germany as a conductor, specialising in opera.
Killian Farrell is designated Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatstheater Meiningen, and currently holds the position of First Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
Congratulations to Killian and continued success!
IT'S AUDITION TIME!
calling out to 7-8 year old boys.
If you would like your son to join the Palestrina Choir and become part of this 120 year old tradition, please contact us for an application form.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 31st March 2023.
ART & MUSIC ON A MARIAN THEME
In the first event of the PALESTRINA CHOIR 120 celebrations, and in keeping with the Marian thread that will permeate throughout this year, the Palestrina Choir is absolutely delighted to collaborate with Adrian Le Harivel, Curator of British Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, on this interesting project. On the Feast of the Purification and Presentation to the Temple, Adrian will trace the portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary in art throughout history with appropriate music sung by the choir.
THURSDAY 2ND FEBRUARY AT 7.30PM AT THE PRO-CATHEDRAL.
There will be a wine reception afterwards.
Entrance is free - All are most welcome.
Art and Music on a Marian Theme with Guest Lecturer and Curator of British Art at the National Gallery of Ireland: Adrian le Harivel, promises to be an informative overview of how the Blessed Virgin Mary has been depicted and worshipped in both Art and Music.
The evening will cover six areas:
Please reserve your spot at Eventbrite.
New Year, Old Friends!
Last week, we had a visit from Melanie Finn of the Irish Independant. All of the boys were excited to meet her! After a few informal interviews, the boys took to the Altar and decided to sing, for Melanie and her team, a small selection of carols for the choir's upcoming Christmas Concert 'Celebrating 120' in the National Concert Hall. Limited ticket availability. If you would like to read the rest of the article, please click on the image above.
PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS WITH SUNG EVENING PRAYER (VESPERS) at the pro-cathedral
Advent Sunday was marked in a special way with a candle-lit Advent Procession, accompanying the light leading from the east of the Pro-Cathedral to the west. Advent Carols and Motets were sung by the Cathedral Girls' Choir and the Gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir.
Tickets selling fast for Christmas With The Palestrina Choir at the National Concert Hall on Saturday 10 December at 8pm. Our first concert back at NCH since December 2019, this concert will be special as it launches the Palestrina Choir's 120-year celebrations. Tickets are available at www.nch.ie
Palestrina Choir Dublin – Celebrating 120 years of excellence in music
The Palestrina Choir is celebrating 120 years of consistent excellence in expressing the most sublime creativity of the human spirit through music. In present day, the Palestrina Choir, upholds the time-honoured tradition of cathedral music which connects those at all stages of the pilgrim journey through life. with the One who inspires all creativity.
The Palestrina Choir of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin has grown into a much loved and respected institution which continues to develop its unparalleled reputation for the singing of sacred music. Like the Abbey Theatre or the Artane Band, the Palestrina Choir is extraordinarily fortunate to hold a unique position within the diverse tapestry of Dublin’s Cultural and Social History. Since its foundation, the choir has had an inextricable link with the history of the nation, providing a sombre musical backdrop to iconic events, such as the state funerals of Michael Collins and that of former Irish President Eamon De Valera, to name but a few.
In 2023 the choir is delighted to be celebrating 120 years of excellence in music and has designed an exciting programme of events which will be held in the Pro Cathedral and various other locations throughout the country during the year. The 120 celebrations will commence at the annual sell-out “Christmas with the Palestrina Choir” concert at the National Concert Hall on 10 December 2022.
Blánaid Murphy - Dir.