Hearing Sacred Harmonies

St Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

10 March 2018

St Thomas' Church, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast

11 March 2018


Francis Poulenc Mass: Kyrie, Gloria
Olivier Messiaen O sacrum convivium
Francis Poulenc Mass: Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus
Gregory Rose Stabat Mater
Herbert Howells Requiem


Chamber Choir Ireland
Paul HillierConductor

In Hearing Sacred Harmonies, the second of our sacred programmes of the season, we perform works composed in 1936, 1937 and 1938 respectively (Howells, Messiaen, Poulenc) together with Gregory Rose’s contemporary Stabat Mater, premiered by Paul Hillier in Portugal in 2017.  Although written in the 1930s after the death of his son, Howells’ Requiem, now considered a standard in choral repertoire, was not released until the 1980s with the composer preferring to keep it private until nearing the end of his own life.