The Orthodox Spirit

St Thomas' Church, Belfast
20 June 2017
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
21 June 2017
St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick
22 June 2017
St Canice's Roman Catholic Church, Kilkenny
19 August 2017

“Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church in all its decoration; it is the church’s greatest ornament.”

 Igor Stravinsky

Chamber Choir Ireland’s new concert series, The Orthodox Spirit is a hauntingly beautiful programme that traverses centuries, countries and composers, connected at its core by the spirit of the music of the Orthodox Church.

Audiences in Belfast, Limerick, Dublin and Kilkenny will be treated to the glorious sounds of Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil (composed in less than two weeks in 1915). They will also witness the UK and Irish premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Kleine Litanei, which pays homage to the Irish Benedictine monk St Virgil. This glorious work will be paired with Stravinsky’s Three Sacred Pieces and an assortment of other works spanning from contemporary Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva and 20th century German composer Schnittke, to work from the 18th century composers Bortniansky, Sarti and Titov as well as two early 17th century chants showcasing primordial Russian hymnody.

This glorious programme promises to deliver an evening of spiritual majesty and splendour, transporting audiences to another era.

The Orthodox Spirit will visit St Thomas’ Church Belfast on 20th June at 7.30pm in collaboration with Moving on Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on 21st June at 8pm, St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick on the 22nd of June in association with The Lime Tree Theatre, finishing at the Kilkenny Arts Festival for a very special late night performance at 10pm in St Canice’s RC Church on the 19th August.

Presented in association with Moving on Music, The Lime Tree Theatre and Kilkenny Arts Festival.


Kleine Litanei Arvo Pärt
Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the man) Kiev chant, C17
Rejoice O Virgin TheotokosGalina Grigorjeva
Dnes Christos (Today Christ is born)Znamenny polyphony
Three Sacred PiecesIgor Stravinsky
Slava otsu I synu (Gloria from Service in a Minor Key) Vasily Titov
Ninye sili nebesniya (Now the Powers of Heaven)Giuseppe Sarti
Drei Geistliche GesängeAlfred Schnittke
Glasom moim (Concerto 27) Dmitry Bortniansky
All Night Vigil (selection) Sergei Rachmaninov
Chamber Choir Ireland
Paul HillierConductor