A Concert For Peace



The Mayo International Choral Festival Presents

A Concert For Peace

Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising

and World War One

With Guests of Honour:

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins.

The Concert Features:

Hollywood movie Composer Patrick Cassidy’s Elegy Suite for 1916

Excerpts from Sir Karl Jenkins’ international choral sensation

The Armed Man  :  A Mass for Peace

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Conductor  :  David Brophy

Mezzo Soprano  :  Anne Marie Gibbons

Tenor  :  Owen Gilhooly

Sibeal Ni Chassaide : Mise Eire

Ballina Chamber Choir, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Dún Laoghaire Choral Society

Saturday 14th May 2016 at 8pm

Presented by Liz Nolan of RTÉ lyric fm

Knock Basilica 

Doors open 6.45pm, Concert 8pm
Patrons are requested to be seated by 7.45pm,
latecomers will be admitted at interval.
Tickets (all reserved seating): €25 and €15*

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.

The concert will includes excerpts from composer Sir Karl Jenkins’ choral sensation The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. This 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.

In addition, the orchestra will perform an Elegy Suite for 1916 by the distinguished composer Patrick Cassidy, recent recipient of the ‘Creative Talent Award 2015’, at the Richard Harris International Film Festival, together with some of his most acclaimed pieces including his well known 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’s 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 RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ 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.

Widely regarded as the leading Irish Conductor of today, David Brophy’s career has seen him perform worldwide, and he enjoys a close relationship with both the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ 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 RTÉ1 award-winning series Instrumental and the High Hopes Choir for Tyrone Productions and RTÉ1 TV.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra has been introducing orchestral music to new audiences since 1948 and was recently voted World’s Favourite Orchestra in an international poll (Bachtrack.com, 2015). Having shared stages with legends like Pavarotti and Lang Lang, the RTÉ CO has also collaborated with top Irish acts like Altan, Sharon Shannon, Declan O’Rourke and Imelda May. A wide range of film credits includes Brian Byrne’s score to Albert Nobbs (including a song nominated for a Golden Globe), music for Patrick Cassidy’s score to Calvary, Andy O’Callaghan’s score to Mrs Brown’s Boys: D’Movie and Stephen Rennicks’ score to Room. The RTÉ CO has featured as the ‘house orchestra’ on The Late Late Show.

Members of the Ballina Chamber Choir, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Dún Laoghaire Choral Society will come together to form a 120-strong choir to collaborate on this project.

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

Tickets (all reserved seating): €25 and €15*
*General Adm 2 (€15 ticket): Due to the seating layout and the scale of the performance, a complete view of the concert platform may not be visible to audience members from these seats. Members will however, be able to see and hear the concert sufficiently, ensuring a pleasurable experience of the event.

Tickets In-Person:
Knock Basilica Book Shop
Downtown Records Castlebar & Westport
Gift Centre, Tone St, Ballina

Tickets Online
Eventbrite - A Concert For Peace