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Thursday, 24th November 2022

Michael Holohan to feature in Christmas concert at Christ Church Cathedral

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Michael Holohan rehearsing for a performance in St. Peter's Church of Ireland, Drogheda in 2018. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Drogheda composer Michael Holohan is to premiere some of his latest music at a Christmas concert in aid of the Irish Cancer Society  at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on Sunday December 4th 2022 at 8pm. 

The concert will feature a host of talented musicians performing music spanning the centuries from the early music of the Renaissance to contemporary traditional and classical crossover. 

A number of Michael’s new arrangements will be premiered during the concert, including: 

  • Bela Bartok's Romanian Christmas Carols arranged for string quartet (world premiere). 
  • Don Oíche úd i mBeithil  Trad. Irish Christmas carol (world premiere) 
  • Angels We Have Heard on High arranged for solo voice, chorus, piano and string orchestra (Dublin premiere).

The lyrics of "Angels We Have Heard on High" were written in 1842 by James Chadwick who was born in 1813 into a wealthy Mornington family who funded the building of the Augustinian Church in Shop Street.

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Inspired by the traditional French carol Les Anges dans nos campagnes, Chadwick's carol is now sung throughout the world.

The concert will feature a full performance of Holohan's The Road to Lough Swilly for  uilleann pipes and string orchestra. Other works will include the traditional air The Parting Glass; the classical works Magnum Mysterium by Tomas Luis de Vittoria; Feux d’artifice by Claude Debussy; Piece from the year 1981 by Lepo Sumera; December by Peter Tchaikovsky; Vedro Con Min Diletto by Antonio Vivaldi and The Christmas Concerto by Arcangelo Corelli.

The concert will be presented by the well known RTE journalist and newsreader Eileen Dunne. An impressive list of performers will take part and lend their support to the Irish Cancer Society.

Mick O’Brien, Uilleann pipes; Sibéal Ní Casaide, singer and Odhran O’Casaide, violin; Morgan Crowley, counter tenor; Mike Nielsen, guitar; Didzis Kalnins, piano; Michael Holohan, Composer / Conductor; 4inabar, vocal quartet; The ConTempo String Quartet and The Boyne Valley Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets cost €40 and are available at or at the door.

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