Christmas concert – Monday 6 Dec 2021 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
Following the cancellation of last year’s Christmas concert due to the Covid emergency, we were planning to return to the National Concert Hall for our annual Christmas concert this year on Monday December 6th. Unfortunately, due to the serious increase in the Covid infection rates in November and the government advice to reduce social interaction, we felt it would be unwise for choir members to continue with rehearsals and that it would also be unsafe for choir members and audience members alike in the concert itself. We have therefore very reluctantly decided that it would be in everyone’s best interests to cancel the concert again this year. We’d like to apologise to all who were looking forward to hearing us singing, but hopefully we will be able to perform live again as soon as possible in 2022.
German Remembrance Day – Sunday 14 November 2021 at St. Kevin’s Church, Glencree
A section of the choir participated once again this year in the German Remembrance Day service in St. Kevin’s Church, Glencree which included us singing in the short moving ceremony of remembrance after the service in the German military cemetery.
Beethoven 250th anniversary concert – Sunday 3 May 2020 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
T0 celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the choir was scheduled to perform in a concert in the National Concert Hall in Dublin which included Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Bach’s ‘Wachet auf’ cantata. We were meant to be joined by renowned pianist John O’Conor, who also played with the choir in 1979, when we last sang the Choral Fantasy. This concert was in aid of the Carmichael Centre in Dublin.
Due to the Covid-19 emergency this concert had to be postponed. It is hoped to reschedule the event at a future date – we will publish further information when it becomes available.
Celebrating European Early Music Day 2020 – Sunday 22 March 2020 in the Public Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin
To coincide with European Early Music Day on 21st March 2020, the choir was scheduled to present a concert of early music in the Public Theatre (aka Examination Hall) in Trinity College Dublin on the following day, Sunday 22nd March. The Early Music Day is a celebration of more than a millennium of music, through concerts, events, and happenings taking place simultaneously across Europe (http://www.earlymusicday.eu/). The proposed programme contained performances of European music from the Renaissance and Baroque period including works by Bach, Byrd, Gabrieli, Janequin, Lassus, Milan, Scheidt, Schuetz and Susato.
Unfortunately due to government regulations introduced in response to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency, the concert had to be postponed.
Bach: Christmas Oratorio – Monday 16 Dec 2019 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
Following our successful performance of parts 1, 3 and 4 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in December 2018, the Goethe Choir returned to the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Monday December 16th 2019 to perform the remaining parts 2, 5 and 6 of the work to another sell-out audience, together with the Christmas Motet ‘Hodie Christus Natus Est’ by Francis Poulenc and a selection of carols.
Included among the soloists were Alison Browner (an Irish mezzo-soprano now based in Germany and a former member of the choir), soprano Elizabeth Hilliard, Irish bass Brendan Collins and the German tenor Dustin Droszdiok, who returned to sing in this concert after performing with us in the December 2018 concert and who delighted the audience with another wonderful performance, as did the other soloists.
‘Celebrating female composers’ – Saturday 29 June 2019 at St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2
The choir performed a programme of works by female composers at St. Finian’s Lutheran Church in Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 at 8pm on Saturday 29 June 2019. The concert included works by:
Hildegard von Bingen
Wilhelmine von Bayreuth
Maria Theresia von Paradis
Elisabeth Goell, Soprano
Katie Richardson McCrea, Alto
Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Harp
Goethe Choir, John Dexter conductor
Goethe Ensemble, Werner Blau conductor
The programme contained a delightful and entertaining selection of works which may have been less well-known but which certainly deserved a wider audience, and which was much appreciated by a large audience. The concert was in aid of the St’ Finian’s Church roof fund.
Will Todd: Mass in Blue – Saturday 25 May 2019 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
The Goethe Choir gave a performance of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue on Saturday 25 May 2019 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. The concert was in aid of Carmichael Ireland. The choir was accompanied by the Will Todd Ensemble, and featured the composer himself on piano and Hilary Cronin as soprano soloist.
This work was first sung by the choir in St. Ann’s Church, Dublin, on 2 June 2018. A recording of the 2018 performance can be heard below.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Friday 3 May 2019 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
The Goethe Choir joined the RTE National Symphony Orchestra on Friday 3 May 2019 in the National Concert Hall, Dublin in a presentation with live music of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. The film features a groundbreaking and magnificent score written by John Williams, which was performed live and in sync with the film. The choir was proud to be asked to participate in this popular presentation.
Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo – Saturday 23 March 2019 at the Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin
The choir gave a concert performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday 23 March 2019. Written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua, L’Orfeo is the earliest surviving opera that is still regularly performed.
The performance featured the following artists:
Matthew Long — Orfeo
Sharon Carty — Euridice
John Elwes — Apollo
Sylvia O’Brien — Soprano
Brendan Collins — Bass
Siobhán Armstrong — Harp
Paul Herriott – Narrator
with the Goethe Choir & Goethe Ensemble conducted by John Dexter.
The venue was the spectacular Grand Lodge Room in the Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin