Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil

Clonard Monastery, Belfast

31 March 2023

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

1 April 2023


Sergei Rachmaninov (Russia, 1873-1943)All Night Vigil


Chamber Choir Ireland
Paul HillierConductor

‘Even in my dreams I could not have imagined that I would write such a work.’

Chamber Choir Ireland celebrates Rachmaninov's 150th birthday with two performances of his intricate, reflective, and deeply moving choral masterpiece.

All Night Vigil has been praised as Rachmaninov's finest achievement and a 'haunting cornerstone of the choral repertoire' (Classic FM).

It consists of texts taken from Vespers, Matins and the First Hour, as they are celebrated in the Russian Orthodox Church—known as the Vsenoshchnoe Bdenie or the ‘All-Night Vigil’. It is the culmination of a long tradition of Russian church music, and in particular the development of ‘choral orchestration’, summoning an enormous range of colour from the choir, and demanding virtuosity from all voices.

Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil is truly a masterpiece, from a composer at the peak of his creative powers. Though it went largely unheard until the 1960s due to Bolshevik suppression of religious music, it has since earned its rightful place in the repertory, next to his symphonies, concertos and piano works.

Dublin concert delivered in partnership with Castleknock Music Festival. Belfast concert delivered in partnership with Moving on Music.