Drogheda born Archbishop and composer James Chadwick (1813 - 1882).
“Angels We Have Heard On High” and “Airs of Old Drogheda”
Composer and conductor Michael Holohan, singers, soloists, The Tredagh Singers and The Boyne Valley Chamber Orchestra will come together on December 8th to play a new musical arrangement of the famous Christmas Carol ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’.
The lyrics of this famous carol were written by Drogheda man Archbishop James Chadwick whose parents are buried in the vaults of the Augustinian Church, Shop St.
This concert promises to be an historic evening. Michale said it feels like ‘bringing the carol back home’ from abroad and presenting it to the citizens of Drogheda’. The carol will be sung in English and French.
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As an added bonus, concert goers will also get the opportunity to hear music from the acclaimed ‘Airs of Old Drogheda’ concert which took place in the Augustinian Church during the Fleadh Cheoil last August.
James Chadwick was born on April 24, 1813 in Drogheda, his father John Chadwick, who was from a Catholic Lancashire family, set up a number of very successful Linen and Flax Mills in Drogheda.
His mother Frances Dromgoole came from the surrounding area. As a young man James left Drogheda to study for the priesthood at St. Cuthbert’s College of Ushaw, County Durham, in north England.
He was ordained a priest in 1836 and was highly regarded as a theologian and wrote a number of books on the subject. Such was his reputation that he was invited to give the inaugural sermon at the blessing of the new Augustinian Church, Shop St in 1866.
However, due to his impending consecration as Archbishop of Newcastle and Hexham he was unable to attend the blessing ceremony in Drogheda. Later on he returned to the old Mornington church to officiate at the wedding of his niece.
The concert takes place on Sunday 8th December at 8pm in the Augustinian Church, Shop Street
Tickets are €15 and will be available from the Droichead Arts Centre box office and other outlets to be announced.