Reviews

A Letter of Rights – Chamber Choir Ireland and Irish Chamber Orchestra at Christ Church Cathedral, 26 February 2017

Matt Rafter, Golden Plec March 1st 2017

“O’Regan’s setting is harmonically grounded, with the real beauty in the detail of the writing such as the delicate percussion or complex string textures. The work could scarcely receive a finer treatment than we hear tonight, and highlights the success in combining these two accomplished Irish ensembles.”

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Barry Meets Beethoven CD:

Chamber Choir Ireland featuring Crash Ensemble & Stephen Richardson, conducted by Paul Hillier

August/September 2016

“Superb work here from Chamber Choir Ireland supporting the verbally clear Stephen Richardson” BBC Music Magazine Double 5*

“The performers, all long-standing Barry interpreters, are in fine form.” Gramophone Magazine 5*

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“Under Paul Hillier, Chamber Choir Ireland tackle each of the scores as if Barry’s out-there settings and markings were the most natural thing in the world, and make them sound as if they were exactly that. Tough, committed singing, done with vivid grace.”  Choir and Organ Magazine, 4*

“Strong performances.” Irish Times 5*

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Carols from the Old & New Worlds: The Observer CD review – Fiona Maddocks

5 / 5 stars

07/12/2014

Magic… Chamber Choir Ireland.

“The remarkable 16-strong Chamber Choir Ireland could sing the telephone directory and make it sound festive. Anyone who can turn a carol as hackneyed as O Come, All Ye Faithful into something not only bearable but vigorous and uplifting deserves high praise.”

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Carols from the Old & New Worlds: Sunday Business Post Review– Dick O’Riordan

Carols with an historic ring

07/12/2014

“Chamber Choir Ireland is a world-class choral ensemble in every respect…the CD plus booklet contains 23 carols, many arranged by Hillier, and will be a real Christmas blessing for those who glory in the peace and beauty of plainchant and revel in its performance by a wonderful choir.”

 

Carols from the Old & New Worlds – Gramophone Magazine Review

December 2014

“It is an unassailably joyful listen…the biggest treat on this disc is the setting of Behold a silly tender babe, the tune being that most often associated – in more recent times – with Patrick Kavanagh’s poem On Raglan Road.”

 

Carols from the Old & New Worlds: Audiophile Audition Online CD review

November 2014

“The sixteen-member choir sings radiantly at All Hallows College Chapel in Dublin, captured to perfection as only Harmonia mundi can do in these types of choral outings…Glorious music for a glorious time of year, guaranteed to make the hardest hearts soften.”

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Carols from the Old & New Worlds: AllMusic Online CD Review by James Manheim

November 2014

“Chamber Choir Ireland sounds superb on its home ground of Dublin, at All Hallows College Chapel.”

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The Quincunx of Heaven – Chamber Choir Ireland at University Church 25 October 2014

27/10/2014

By Paul Meredith

Goldenplec

“The strength of Chamber Choir Ireland, under Hillier’s direction, is in the communication of hte composer’s intentions in a coherent and passionate manner.”

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Paul Hillier conducts a new work by American composer David Lang at St Thomas’s Church in Belfast

16/04/2014

By Terry Blain

Culture Northern Ireland

“Imaginatively programmed recital, wonderfully sung by a choir whose exemplary standards of execution place them among a small handful of truly world-class musical ensembles currently active in Ireland.”

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Chamber Choir Ireland’s programme at Newman University Church

16/04/2014

By Michael Dervan

“Hillier found just the right balance between sweetness and sharpness.”

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The National Chamber Choir of Ireland show their chops at St Thomas’s Parish Church

13/05/2013

By Terry Blain

Culture Northern Ireland

“Singing of this standard is a rarity”

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National Chamber Choir of Ireland perform Arvo Pärt’s musical retelling of St John’s Passion narrative

26/03/2013

By Terry Blain

Culture Northern Ireland

“The performance given at St Peter’s is of world-class quality, and would grace any international platform.”

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