8.00pm on 30th July 2017, Cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim, Cavan.
This very special concert, , will feature works of Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, born in Slane in 1887, who joined the 5th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 10th (Irish) Division, on 24th October 1914, serving with them in Serbia, Gallipoli, France and Belgium where he was killed on July 31st 1917. Ledwidge was greatly inspired by nature and his poetry reflects the beautiful landscapes of Co. Meath. A number of his poems, including his Lament for Thomas McDonagh, will be performed by one of Ireland’s foremost poets, Noel Monahan.
The music programme will include new choral compositions by Paul Flynn, director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Enniskillen; new choral imaginings of texts and melodies inspired by the events of
– The Lament for P.H. Pearse (Joseph M. Crofts), Let me Carry your Cross for Ireland, Lord (Thomas Ashe) and Ag Críost an Síol (Micheál Ó Síocháin) composed and arranged by Ite O’Donovan.
The international aspect will be reflected in the much-loved final chorale from St John’s Passion (J.S. Bach), Justorum animae by Irish composer C.V. Stanford and selections from the five-part Requiem by Orlande de Lassus. Jason McAuley (trumpeter) will sound The Last Post.
Established by Dublin Choral Foundation in 2015 ‘Lassus’, directed by Dr Ite O’Donovan, was launched at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 27th 2016 performing Mozart’s Requiem.
Audiences have been thrilled and inspired by their performances of Renaissance and Irish music and were particularly moved by their concert held in St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road, Dublin, on
Remembrance Day 2016 in memory of those who died in the Great War and in the 1916 Easter Rising.
Tickets €20 (€12 conc.). Available from Cavan Gifts and Multisound, both on Main Street, Cavan.