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Joint Concert - The Guinness Choir & The Michael O’Neal Festival Chorus

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Christ Church Cathedral

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Do not miss this opportunity to listen to great choral music performed by the well renowned Dublin established choir, The Guinness Choir jointly with The Michael O'Neal Festival Chorus from the USA.

The entrance is free but there will be a collection to support Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

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The Michael O’Neal Festival Chorus is composed of members of the Roswell United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir and The Michael O’Neal Singers, both of Roswell, Georgia, USA. The Roswell United Methodist Sanctuary Choir provides music weekly for Roswell United Methodist Church's Sunday Traditional Worship service, and presents several major concerts each year as a part of Roswell UMC's Sounds of the Spirit Concert Series. With an active membership of 115 voices, the Choir provides an opportunity for volunteer musicians to express and develop their faith through music. The Choir is composed of adults of all ages.

Since its inception in 1989, The Michael O'Neal Singers organization has established itself as one of the premier symphonic choruses in the Southeastern United States. Composed of a full choir of over 155 auditioned voices and the 40-member Kaleidoscope ensemble, MOS offers choral presentations of artistic merit and programmatic variety. MOS annually presents a 5-program concert series, community Messiah Sing-Along, and hosts a non-auditioned Summer Singers program. In addition to the 2018 Ireland tour, the Festival Chorus has sung in Spain in 2014, and Austria in 2016.

The Guinness Choir was established in 1951 by Victor Leeson, who conducted the Choir from its foundation until 1984. He was truly inspirational in its growth and direction and early performances included the great oratorios of Bach and Handel, many of which were performed in Dublin for the first time. The Choir’s repertoire now encompasses many of the choral works of all the major composers from the 17th to 20th centuries, including Britten, Stravinsky, Pärt, Mahler and Verdi.

Our current Musical Director, David Milne, has been leading the choir since 1991. With his inspirational direction, it has continued to give many important concerts including in November 2007, a very successful performance of the Verdi Requiem at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, in conjunction with the Belfast Philharmonic Choir and the Ulster Orchestra. In December 2009 the Choir gave the first choral performance in the new Wexford Opera House, when it sang Handel’s Messiah to great acclaim.

More recent highlights include: 2015: A rare performance of The Apostles, one of Elgar’s great masterpieces; 2016: Performances of Handel’s Messiah in the magnificent St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford and in St. Brendan’s Church, Birr. A highlight of 2016 was the Choir’s participation on Easter Sunday in a choir of 1000 voices with the RTE Symphony Orchestra in the RTE 1916 Commemoration concert of ‘A Nation’s Voice’ by Shaun Davey. Our main concert in 2017 was Haydn’s ‘The Seasons’ and we finished the year with our Christmas concert in St. Patrick’s Cathedral with Eleanor McEvoy as our Special Guest. The Choir’s most recent concert was a performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.


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