O Radiant Dawn with guest director Eamonn Dougan

Pepper Canister Church, Dublin

26 November 2022 6:30pm

Carlingford Heritage Centre, Louth

27 November 2022 4:00pm


James MacMillan (Scotland, b.1959)Sedebit Dominus rex noster
William Byrd (England, 1543-1623)Christe qui lux es et dies
James MacMillan Bring us, o Lord God
William ByrdMiserere mini, Domine
Kim Porter (UK, b.1965)Pulchra es
Giovanni da Palestrina (Italy, 1525-1594)Vineam meam
Kim PorterPied Beauty Irish premiere
Rafaella Alleotti (Italy, 1575-1620)Vidi Speciosam
James MacMillan Dominus dabitbenignitatem
Rafaella Alleotti Surge propera
Eoghan Desmond (Ireland, b.1989)Nothing in vain
James MacMillan O radiant dawn
Thomas TallisO nata lux
James MacMillan Data est mihi


Chamber Choir Ireland
Eamonn DouganConductor

A concert of choral works by James MacMillan, his Renaissance inspirations, and his contemporary protégés.

Eamonn Dougan of The Sixteen joins Chamber Choir Ireland as guest director for a concert of works by James MacMillan—arguably the foremost living composer of sacred music. MacMillan has written about his debt to the Renaissance masters on this programme; ByrdTallis and Palestrina among them, as well as Rafaela Alleotti, who has become better known in recent times.

Also featured on this programme are two contemporary choral composers, taught and mentored by MacMillan himself: Kim Porter and Eoghan Desmond. Porter is an English composer and singer, and former student of MacMillan's at the University of Manchester. As a member of the vocal ensemble The Sixteen, she has given the premiere of several of his major works. Desmond is an Irish composer and a singer with Chamber Choir Ireland, and was one of three composers selected by MacMillan to be mentored by him while writing a new work for the Genesis Foundation.