The ESB Great Christmas Concert on in National Concert Hall

The Lassus Scholars
Piccolo Lasso
The Orlando Chamber Orchestra (Leader Gillian Williams),
Ite O’Donovan conductor
ESB Feis Ceoil Prize Winners: Meadhbh O’Rourke, flute and JJ McNamara, piano
Special Guest Soloist: Claudia Boyle, soprano

Programme to include:
Gounod: Gloria from Messe Breve Nr 7 Aux Chapelles
Mozart: Chorus of the Jannisaries from The Abduction from the Seraglio
Parry: I was glad
Gounod: ‘Je Veux Vivre’ from Romeo & Juliette
Bizet: ‘Comme autrefois’ from The Pearl Fishers
Verdi: Caro Nome from Rigoletto
Chopin: Rondo form Piano concerto no 1 in Em Op. 11
Handel: Hallelujah Chorus
Audience Carols

For over two decades audiences have made the ESB Great Christmas Concert the start of their Christmas Season! Not only will you experience the joyful and uplifting sounds of the voices of children in Piccolo Lasso combined with their adult colleagues in The Lassus Scholars – all blended together with the Orlando Chamber Orchestra – but you will also have the opportunity of uniting your voice with theirs as conductor Dr. Ite O’Donovan invites you to join in the audience carols!

The programme of festive music includes Christmas favourites from O Holy Night to Jingle Bells; rousing choruses by Gounod and Mozart and operatic arias by Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod and Verdi performed by internationally renowned and highly acclaimed Irish soprano Claudia Boyle.

A special feature of the ESB Great Christmas Concert is that it affords a unique opportunity to ESB Feis Ceoil Prize Winners to perform a concerto movement with professional orchestra. In 2018 flautist Meadhbh O’Rourke, now studying in Scotland, will take to the stage and, following his wonderful performance in December 2017, pianist JJ McNamara returns to play the Rondo from Chopin’s 1st piano concerto.

Presented by Dublin Choral Foundation