Bach in the NCH

The choir was back in the National Concert Hall in Dublin last Monday Dec 16th for our annual Christmas concert and was delighted to perform once again to an enthusiastic sell-out audience.  The main work this year consisted of parts 2, 5 and 6 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, along with a Christmas motet by Poulenc and a number of seasonal items.  Go to our website Gallery page if you’d like to see some photos from the evening.

Unfortunately our German-based soprano Hannah Gries, daughter of alto soloist Alison Browner, had to cry off two days before the concert due to a throat infection, but she was ably replaced by Irish soprano Elizabeth Hilliard, so many thanks to her for stepping in at such short notice.  And a special thanks to our music coordinator Werner Blau and music director John Dexter for reacting so successfully and at such short notice to what must have been an unnerving and stressful experience two days before the concert.

So having completed our performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, the question is – what will be the focus for next year’s Christmas concert?  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let the choir know via the website suggestion box (for choir members) or via email to in**@go*********.ie.   In the meantime, we will be back at the National Concert Hall once again on Sunday May 3rd 2020 for a performance of works by Beethoven and Bach with renowned Irish pianist John O’Conor.  Keep an eye on our website Events page for more information as it becomes available.

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