The University of Ulster Choir pays tribute to John Tavener as it visits St Patrick’s Church in Ballyshannon on Thursday, 12 December.
The choir has gained considerable popular and critical acclaim for its distinctive and dramatic performances presented in beautiful ecclesiastical settings.
Shaun Ryan, Lecturer in Music and Choral Director, has been instrumental in developing the reputation of the Choir over the last ten years.
He explains “At our public concerts we like to present a programme of music that will be attractive to audiences but may also introduce them to something a little more unusual, ideally, something unknown to them. Hence, we will often perform a well-loved ‘classic’ such as Vivaldi’s Gloria or Fauré’s Requiem, but present it alongside a contemporary work that will be new to the audience. We also feel it is important to perform in a range of settings and to reach out to a wider audience.
In recent years the Choir has performed in Londonderry, Belfast, Enniskillen, Coleraine, Dublin and London, and we look forward to expanding both our repertoire and our geographical reach even further over the coming years.”
A proud Donegal man, Shaun explains “it is always a joy for me to travel over the border to my home county to perform with the University of Ulster Choir; it is a pleasure to present the work we do to Donegal audiences and to present beautiful Donegal to the Choir!” The programme will be a mix of music for Christmas and works by Tavener and Bernstein. Admission is free with a retiring collection.