Once again the Bray Choral Society Singers, a select group from Bray Choral Society, took part in a St. Valentine’s Day performance of the musical Iamo – Italian Love Story by Willie Hughes in the Print Room at Dublin Castle before an audience of more than 600 people. This is an Italian/Irish co-production that was first performed at Farmleigh on 28th June 2013. A group from Bray Choral Society took part in a performance at Farmleigh of the musical Iamo – Italian Love Story by Irish composer Willie Hughes. This is an Italian/Irish co-production, featuring Italian and Irish singers.
Bray Choral Society joined Opera Theatre Company for two performances of their winter tour ‘Sing and Be Merry’ at the Mermaid Theatre, Bray, on 19th December and at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on 20th December 2013. Amongst other pieces, we previewed The Ground, a movement from Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, which we will perform in full as part of our Summer Concert in May 2014.
In the next few years we have a very exciting programme of major concerts, including
- Summer 2014: Ola Gjeilo Sunrise Mass and Richard Blackford Mirror of Perfection (both Irish premières)
- Summer 2015: Dvorak Stabat Mater
- Summer 2016: Elgar Dream of Gerontius
As well as our regular Christmas concerts in December of each year. In addition, this year we will be joining with Opera Theatre Company for their concert at the Mermaid Theatre, Bray, just before Christmas to showcase young Irish opera talent, where we will join acclaimed Irish soprano Virginia Kerr together with three young soloists from Opera Theatre Company including brilliant young soprano Margaret Bridge, who is from Bray, as well as Cormac Lawlor and Lawrence Fahy (to be confirmed).
We are very excited about our programme for 2014. Both Richard Blackford and Ola Gjeilo are contemporary composers who write music of great beauty; very accessible and easy to enjoy. Blackford is well known especially for his music for theatre and film; extracts from his Mirror of Perfection are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Mirror of Perfection is a choral setting of recently-discovered poems by St. Francis of Assisi. Ola Gjeilo is a young Norwegian composer, presently working in America; his choral music is very beautiful, and complements the Blackford piece very well. We are also in the early stages of planning another major concert in partnership with Fergus Sheil and Wide Open Music for late 2014; we hope to be able to make a full public announcement about this by the end of the year.
For our 2015 summer concert we are planning to have the Wexford Sinfonia, whose Musical Director is Fergus Sheil, as our orchestra; Fergus Sheil conducted the recent performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Choral), in which we took part, at Greystones earlier this year. If all goes to plan, we will perform the Dvorak Stabat Mater with Wexford Sinfonia in Bray conducted by our own Frank Kelly and again a few days later in Wexford Opera House conducted by Fergus Sheil.
2016 marks our 30th anniversary and for such a significant date we plan a big concert in the National Concert Hall. We have long dreamed of doing the Dream of Gerontius, but it is a big undertaking; for our 30th anniversary, it is just the right work.