The Island Itself

Trinity College Chapel, College Green, Dublin

Following their very successful joint concert in Belfast in January, New Dublin Voices and Cappella Caeciliana presented the second half of their collaboration, this time in the historic surroundings of the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin.

New Dublin Voices was proud to give the world premieres of six extraordinary and powerful pieces for choir. These pieces, commissioned with funding from the Arts Council, are by acclaimed women composers, who chose texts by contemporary Irish women poets. The composers were selected by the conductor of New Dublin Voices, Bernie Sherlock, and came from Slovenia, Canada, England, Ireland and the United States.

The concert also presented a seventh world premiere: a deeply personal piece by Waterford composer Ben Hanlon who, in Rachel's Lament, quotes the prophet Jeremiah in response to the killing of Irishwoman Jennifer Poole by her partner in 2021.

Cappella Caeciliana, directed by Matthew Quinn, began the second half of the concert by performing a selection of pieces by Irish and Scottish composers.

The concert culminated in the two choirs, under the direction of Bernie Sherlock, joining forces to perform the extraordinary Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin.

Full programme details are available here.