In Paradisum

St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny Arts Festival

15 August 2023

Saint Finn Barre's Cathedral, Cork

14 September 2023

St Ann's Church, Dawson St, Dublin

15 September 2023

St Thomas' Church, Belfast

16 September 2023


Arvo PärtO Holy Father Nicholas
Rhona Clarke (Ireland, b. 1958)Requiem Irish Premiere
Caroline Shaw (USA, b. 1982)How to Fold the Wind


Chamber Choir Ireland
Paul HillierConductor

Chamber Choir Ireland finds light in the dark with In Paradisum, led by Grammy-winning Artistic Director, Paul Hillier.

One of Arvo Pärt's most celebrated interpreters, Hillier opens with the subtle unfolding of O Holy Father Nicholas—composed to mark the re-opening of St Nicholas' church at Ground Zero. Destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the church has been reborn as a shrine for pilgrims of all religions from all over the world.

The centrepiece of this programme is Rhona Clarke's Requiem. With just four movements, it omits judgement and embraces perpetual light, eternal rest, and redemption.

Finally, Caroline Shaw's mesmerising How to fold the wind, inspired by origami, uses speech, inhaled notes, wordless melodies and innovative vocal effects, to fold individual voices together into a complex whole.

Delivered in partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival, Cork Opera House, and Moving on Music.