Jazz in the cathedral

Following our previous three concerts which featured one of JS Bach’s sacred choral works (Christmas concert 2018), a Monteverdi opera (Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo) and John Williams’ film music (We were not alone) the Goethe Choir once again demonstrated the variety of its programming and its ability to tackle a wide range of musical styles with a performance of Will Todd’s exciting jazz-inspired Mass in Blue at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin last Saturday evening, 25 May.

This was a repeat performance of the same work given by the choir in June 2018 in St. Ann’s Church in Dawson Street in Dublin and once again featured instrumental accompaniment by the composer and his band, this time with soprano soloist Hilary Cronin, all under the expert control of the choir’s musical director and conductor for the evening, John Dexter.  While the larger-scale performance area and acoustic created a different and possibly less intimate experience than the earlier performance, Will Todd’s jazz piano playing once again exhilarated a capacity audience and inspired the choir to create another moving and memorable evening’s music making.

Here’s a very short clip of Will Todd and the choir during the concert:

If you weren’t able to be there but would like to hear the choir singing the whole of the Mass in Blue with accompaniment from Will Todd and the band, click here to hear a recording of the choir’s performance in St. Ann’s in 2018.

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