Carols at Christmas with Chamber Choir Ireland

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
5 December 2015
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
4 December 2015

On the back of critically acclaimed, sell-out performances in Dublin and Belfast of Arvo Pärt at 80 in November, Paul Hillier has once again crafted a beautiful programme of Advent and Christmas music including motets by Rheinberger and Poulenc and, for the 80th birthday year that’s in it, Arvo Pärt’s 7 Magnificat Antiphons.  The second half of the programme will go on to feature some American carols and traditional favourites, concluding with the highlight from last year’s Christmas concerts and CCI’s CD Carols from the Old and New WorldsBehold a Silly Tender Babe, which audiences will remember as the hauntingly beautiful tune of The Dawning of the Day.


To get the festive season off to a lilting start, join Chamber Choir Ireland under conductor Paul Hillier where there’ll be a carol for everyone’s taste. We took a sneak peak into the first day of rehearsals, with the first rehearsal session of Poulenc’s Hodie Christus natus est.


4 Advent motets (From Op. 176)Rheinberger
4 Christmas motetsPoulenc
7 Magnificat AntiphonsArvo Pärt
ShilohWilliam Billings, arr. Paul Hillier
I wonder as I wanderCollected by J.J. Niles, arr. Paul Hillier
Away in a mangerTrad., arr Paul Hillier
Joys SevenTrad., arr Paul Hillier
Behold a silly tender babetrad. arr. Paul Hillier
Ding dong merrily on highArbeau/ Woodward, arr. Paul Hillier
Chamber Choir Ireland
Paul HillierConductor