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St. Matthew Passion 26 Feb 2023

The choir is working hard in preparation for our upcoming performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the Church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Dublin at 8pm on Sunday, February 26th.  We’re all looking forward to having a rare opportunity to sing this wonderful work to a large and appreciative audience.

During the performance, the audience will be invited to join in the singing of the melody line for five of the chorales, a practice which was common in Bach’s time.  You can see and hear us rehearsing one of these chorales at https://youtu.be/F0mLUoUCKzU – the text of the chorale is displayed on the video, so if you wish you can take the opportunity to get in some pre-concert practice by joining in the singing.

Tickets, priced €30 (€25 concessions), may be purchased online via this link.

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Dublin 26 Feb 2023

After the choir’s highly successful return to the concert platform in December with our Christmas concert in the National Concert Hall in Dublin, we are delighted to be presenting a performance of JS Bach’s magnificent St. Matthew Passion at 7pm on Sunday evening February 26th, in the church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin.  This is a rare opportunity to hear a live performance in Ireland of one of the masterworks of European civilisation.

Tickets costing €30 (€25 concessions) may be obtained from choir members or purchased online at JS Bach – St Matthew Passion Tickets, Sun 26 Feb 2023 at 19:00 | Eventbrite.  For more details and information on the performers and location, go to the Events page on our website.

Christmas social

 

Tuesday 13th, to finish off the singing term after our concert on the 8th, we got together for some social catching up. Florian, Anja and the church council at St Finian’s were kind enough to host our pre-Christmas social in the lovely Lutherhaus. It was “bring your own”, without too much preparation or fuss, but the turnout was very good and everyone brought so much that we never stopped eating and drinking. Thanks everyone for another lovely evening and Merry Christmas,
Sophia

Carol singing for Focus Ireland

An intrepid group of Goethe Choir choristers braved the freezing conditions and came together for 2 hours to sing carols in Heuston Station, Dublin, on Sunday afternoon Dec 11, collecting money in aid of Focus Ireland.   Wrapped up warmly against the cold weather, we had a lot of fun entertaining the travellers, with the occasional assistance of a few passers-by, and were delighted to have collected the sum of €663.25 for the charity.

You can hear a sample of our singing, in this case the second verse (Oíche Chiúin) of our trilingual version of Silent Night, which the full choir had performed in the National Concert Hall in Dublin 3 days earlier, by going to https://youtu.be/sJgT5Bcs3ZM.

Many thanks to the 18 choristers who took part, to Cliona and Brigitte for organising the event, Werner for preparing the music, Geraint for leading the choir and/or playing the station piano and Cliona’s children and friends for shaking the collecting buckets.

Christmas concert 2022

The choir returned to the National Concert Hall in Dublin last Thursday evening, December 8th, for our traditional Christmas concert. after an absence of three years due to Covid19 restrictions.  The concert was especially enjoyable because of that, for performers and audience alike.

As well as taking part in a performance of the first part of JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a cantata by Johann Kuhnau (Bach’s predecessor as director of music in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig), we sang a selection of European carols, including a beautiful carol from the Ukraine.  We were joined by the wonderful vocal soloists Ami Hewitt, Sharon Carty, Gavan Ring and Rory Dunne, and the virtuosic David Leigh on organ, all under the magnificent direction of our musical director John Dexter.

Go to the Gallery page on our website for some photos of the evening.

Bach Cantata from scratch

Last Sunday morning some members of the choir joined other singers and a wonderful orchestra with really lovely soloists for the “Bach Cantata from Scratch” service in St Finian’s church, Adelaide Rd, Dublin. The musical aspect was organised by Werner Blau and with the service led by the pastor Florian von Issendorff. We performed ‘Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan’, BWV 100 (What God does, that is well done) and it was just one of those perfect mornings. We were an ad hoc group, but I think sounded well and definitely had a lot of fun. Thank you everyone for participating!

Christmas concert 2022 – Thursday 8 December in the National Concert Hall, Dublin

After a break of 3 years due to the Covid pandemic, we are delighted to be returning to the National Concert Hall in Dublin on December 8th 2022 for our annual Christmas concert.  Entitled ‘Rejoice! A Christmas Celebration’, the concert will feature works by Handel, Kuhnau, Vierne, Schütz and Bach, as well as a selection of European carols.  The choir and orchestra will be conducted by our musical director John Dexter, with vocal soloists Ami Hewitt, Sharon Carty, Gavan Ring and Rory Dunne, and organist David Leigh.

For more information and to purchase tickets costing €20 (€15 concessions), go to the National Concert Hall website at https://www.nch.ie/Online/article/Goethe-Choir-08Dec22

Choir trip to northern Germany

A group of 19 members of the choir, accompanied by a number of partners and led by guest conductor David Leigh, made a very enjoyable and sociable visit to northern Germany from July 9-18, 2022.  The focus of the trip was a visit to Loccum Abbey in Lower Saxony, where Corinna and Joachim Diestelkamp, former members of the choir and previously joint pastors in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Dublin, are now pastors.   They have instigated an annual performance in the abbey church each summer of a Bach cantata as part of the morning service and we were delighted to be invited by them to take part in the performance this year, which took place on Sunday morning July 17th.

After flying to Hamburg, we stayed in Zarpen, near Lübeck, in Stade, an historic Hanseatic town near Hamburg and finally in Loccum.  In addition to singing the Bach cantata in Loccum, we also gave concerts of our own to welcoming and appreciative audiences in the churches at Hamberge (near Lübeck), Gnarrenburg (near Bremen), Groß Berkel (near Hamelin) and ending with a concert in Loccum Abbey church on Sunday evening July 17.  We also sang during the morning service in Zarpen church on July 10 and after the midday prayer service in St.Michael’s church (the Michel) in Hamburg on July 12, as well as taking in some sightseeing and leisure time in Lübeck, Hamelin, Stade and Hamburg.

To see photos of our trip and videos of some of our performances there, go to goethechoir.ie/gallery.

Corinna and Joachim Diestelkamp are returning to Ireland for a visit later this month with a party of travellers from Germany and will be at St. Finian’s Lutheran church in Adelaide Road in Dublin for the morning service at 11am on Sunday August 14th.  Members of the Goethe Choir are delighted to be able to welcome them to Dublin by joining the service to sing some of the pieces that we recently performed in Germany.