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


Arvo Pärt Kleine Litanei
Kiev chant, C17Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the man)
Galina GrigorjevaRejoice O Virgin Theotokos
Znamenny polyphonyDnes Christos (Today Christ is born)
Igor StravinskyThree Sacred Pieces
Vasily TitovSlava otsu I synu (Gloria from Service in a Minor Key)
Giuseppe SartiNinye sili nebesniya (Now the Powers of Heaven)
Alfred SchnittkeDrei Geistliche Gesänge
Dmitry BortnianskyGlasom moim (Concerto 27)
Sergei Rachmaninov All Night Vigil (selection)


Chamber Choir Ireland
Paul HillierConductor

“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.