footer.concert.for.peace.rte.orchestraThe Mayo International Choral Festival Presents

A Concert For Peace

Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising

and World War One


Jenkins’ international choral sensation

The Armed Man  :  A Mass for Peace

Hollywood movie Composer Patrick Cassidy’s Elegy Suite for 1916

The RT√Č Concert Orchestra

Conductor  :  David Brophy

Mezzo Soprano  :  Anne Marie Gibbons

Tenor : Owen Gilhooly

Ballina Chamber Choir, C√≥r Mhaigh Eo and¬†D√ļn Laoghaire Choral Society

Saturday 14th May 2016 at 8pm

Knock Basilica 

Doors open 6.45pm, Concert 8pm
Tickets (all reserved seating): ‚ā¨25 and ‚ā¨15 (restricted viewing*)

A feast for the senses awaits. The Mayo International Choral Festival is proud to present this inaugural concert at the newly refurbished Knock Basilica, to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising and World War One.

Composed to mark the millennium in 2000, performed over 1000 times in more than 20 different countries with over 15 gold and platinum awards, composer Sir Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is a powerful and compelling phenomenon in contemporary music which brings the audience on an inspirational journey from the disharmony of conflict to a final message of hope and peace. It is a dramatically engaging work, vividly setting to music extracts from the Christian Eucharist, and using influences and inspirations from all over the world, including poems by Kipling and Tennyson.

In addition, the orchestra will perform an elegy suite for 1916 by the distinguished composer Patrick Cassidy, recent recipient of the ‚ÄėCreative Talent Award 2015‚Äô, at the Richard Harris International Film Festival, together with some of his most acclaimed pieces including the Hannibal Aria,¬†Vide Cor Meum.

Born in Mayo,¬†Patrick Cassidy¬†came to prominence with the release of¬†The¬†Children of Lir, the first major symphonic work written in the Irish language, and¬†Famine Remembrance¬†which¬†was commissioned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Hunger in Ireland. Currently, Patrick resides in Los Angeles where, in addition to his concert work and compositions, he scores and collaborates on film and documentary projects including Hannibal, Veronica Guerin, Confessions of a Burning Man, Salem‚Äôs Lot, King Arthur, Che Guevara, Ashes and Snow, Kingdom of Heaven, The Front Line, L’Aviatore, The Irishman¬†and Calvary.

Mayo born and based,¬†Mezzo Soprano Anne Marie Gibbons¬†appears regularly with both the RT√Č Concert Orchestra and the RT√Č National Symphony Orchestra. She is a former English National Opera company principal and made her acclaimed Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut earlier this year. Her many international credits include performances in Paris, Adelaide, Lausanne and London.

Limerick born, Tenor Owen Gilhooly’s career has taken him from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Tokyo’s Symphony Hall, singing a diverse operatic and concert repertoire from Bach to Weir. He has appeared regularly with leading orchestras including at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as at Royal Opera House singing Fauré Requiem for the Royal Ballet.

Widely regarded as the leading Irish Conductor of today,¬†David Brophy‚Äôs career has seen him perform worldwide, and he enjoys a close relationship with both the RT√Č Concert Orchestra and the RT√Č National Symphony Orchestra in addition to frequent appearances as guest Conductor with the Ulster Orchestra. David will be familiar to TV viewers, having fronted both the RT√Č1 award-winning series¬†Instrumental¬†and the¬†High Hopes Choir¬†for¬†Tyrone Productions¬†and RT√Č1 TV.

The RT√Č Concert Orchestra¬†has been introducing orchestral music to new audiences since 1948 and was recently voted World‚Äôs Favourite Orchestra in an international poll (, 2015). Having shared stages with legends like Pavarotti and Lang Lang, the RT√Č CO has also collaborated with top Irish acts like Altan, Sharon Shannon, Declan O‚ÄôRourke and Imelda May. A wide range of film credits includes Brian Byrne‚Äôs score to¬†Albert Nobbs (including a song nominated for a Golden Globe), music for Patrick Cassidy‚Äôs score to¬†Calvary, Andy O‚ÄôCallaghan‚Äôs score to¬†Mrs Brown‚Äôs Boys: D‚ÄôMovie¬†and Stephen Rennicks‚Äô score to¬†Room.¬†The RT√Č CO has featured as the ‚Äėhouse orchestra‚Äô on¬†The Late Late Show.

Members of the¬†Ballina Chamber Choir,¬†C√≥r Mhaigh Eo¬†and¬†D√ļn Laoghaire Choral¬†Society¬†will come together to form a 120-strong choir to collobrate on this project.

The concert will be produced in association with the The Western Development Commission.

Tickets (all reserved seating): ‚ā¨25 and ‚ā¨15 (restricted viewing*)
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* Restricted view seating: due to the position of some seating and the scale of the performance, a complete view of some elements of the concert will not be visible to audience members in the restricted view seating sections – however these members will still be able to see and hear the concert sufficiently to ensure a pleasurable experience of the event.






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