We are delighted to be singing at the opening of the Rostrevor Choral Festival. The concert is titled “Songs from a beating heart”. It will feature contemporary choral pieces from around the world. All of the works are by composers who are still living. The concert starts at 7pm in the Church of Ireland over looking the square in Rostrevor. We have had the opportunity to have a rehearsal there and it is beautiful. The choir are really looking forward to performing for all of you. For more details about all that is happening at the festival click the following link. https://www.facebook.com/events/1733826940240059/
On Friday 13th November at 8pm, Gaudeamus Chamber Choir will perform Requiem (op 48) by Gabriel Fauré. The performance will be a first time that Gaudeamus have performed a full length work and underlines our ambition to expand our sound with challenging repertoire.
The concert will take place in one of Newry’s most historic and beautiful venues, St. Mary’s Church, Hill Street.
The event is no ticketed, however a suggested donation of £8 concession and £10 adult is requested as entry, in order to defray performance costs and to raise funds for the development of the choir.
Alongside the Requiem the choir will also perform music by Byrd and Mealor.
On Saturday 14th November, the choir will travel to Belfast to perform extracts from the Requiem and other pieces at the 7.30 Mass in Clonnard Monastery Falls Road.
Gaudeamus Chamber choir are delighted to take up to invitation to perform at a charity fundraising concert on Friday 21st August 2015 at 7.30pm in the magnificent surroundings of Narrow Water Castle Warrenpoint.
All proceeds from the concert are in Aid of Bosco fro Africa.
Gaudeamus will be performing repertoire from the composers McGlynn, Stanford, Esenvalds and Lawson.
With the Easter season fast approaching, and building on the success and popularity of previous services, Gaudeamus Chamber is pleased to announce the return of its Easter Service ‘Passiontide’.
For the past number of weeks the choir has been in rehearsals perfecting its Easter repertoire which this year features music from Byrd, Lotti, Part, Mealor and many more.
The service will also feature a number of readings and reflections on the death and resurrection.
The service will take place on Wednesday 1 April 2015 in the Convent of Mercy, Catherine Street, Newry commencing at 8pm.
As all of our services to date have drawn capacity crowds, early attendance is highly recommended.
Entrance is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of a local charity.
All the members of Gaudeamus and our directors would like to wish all of those who have supported us a very happy and prosperous 2015.
2014 was an extremely busy and successful year for Gaudeamus. We performed a magnificent Easter service, Passiontide, which was very warmly received and the benefits of which were donated to an extremely deserving local charity. The service was so well attended and complemented that it will become a regular feature in the Gaudeamus calendar and you will be hearing more about the 2015 service later in the year.
We also performed a concert as part of of the inaugural Iur Cinn Fleadh festival in the chapel of St. Colman’s College, Newry.
Perhaps the highlight of our year was the invitation to perform the opening concert of the Charles Wood Festival in Armagh Cathedral. Here we performed alongside Frederic Blanc, one of the most distinguished organists of his generation. The invitation to perform at such an event is testament to the dedication and commitment of all of our members and ultimately to the quality and professionalism of our choir.
We were also delighted to take up an invitation to perform as the headline act at the annual Action Cancer fundraiser ‘Sing for Action’ in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.
Our year culminated with our annual Carol Service Venite which saw unprecedented numbers pack into the Convent of Mercy Chapel in Newry. Again this service was warmly received by all present, including many people who had returned from abroad to spend Christmas at home.
This year we have said goodbye to some of our members who are pursuing further education overseas, and we have expanded our sound by welcoming new people into our choir. We have diversified our repertoire, and sought to challenge ourselves by tackling more complex material.
We look to 2015 with a great degree of optimism. In the one year that we have been established we have received some high profile invitations and designed and performed some wonderful services. With the on-going commitment and dedication of our members we can promise even more in 2015. We are already exploring some very exciting opportunities and ideas which will see us bring our sound to a much wider audience.
We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us and we look forward to your on-going support in 2015 as we strive to build a reputation as one of the leading choirs in the region.
Happy New Year.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural carol service, Gaudeamus is pleased to announce that their annual carol service ‘Venite’ will take place on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 in the Chapel of the Convent of Mercy Catherine Street, Newry. The service will commence at 8pm.
For the past number of weeks the choir has been in rehearsals perfecting a Christmas repertoire that includes contemporary carols from Todd, Lauridsen, Gillen and Rutter. The service will also include traditional congregational carols as well as a variety of readings all of which will provide a unique reflection on the nativity.
This year we are also very proud to be joined by Lauren McCann who will be singing solo with us. Lauren is a student at Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry where she is studying for her GCSEs. A Soprano student of Fiona Flynn, Lauren has also performed with the Ulster Youth Choir in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Given the success of recent services we are anticipating a high degree of interest in this event and would encourage any person looking to attend to arrive early.
There is no admission fee however a collection will be taken up proceeds of which will be donated to PIPS Newry and Mourne.
Gaudeamus are delighted to take up an invitation to perform at the annual Action Cancer Christmas Concert. The concert will see the commencement of an extremely busy Christmas season for many our members who will be performing in various carol services and concerts across Ireland.
The Action Cancer Christmas Concert will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th December 2014 in the majestic surroundings of St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. The Choir will perform alongside a number of ensembles and choirs from across the region.
More information on this exciting concert for this extremely worthy cause can be found on the St. Anne’s Cathedral Website which can be accessed by clicking here.
On Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th November, members of Gaudeamus were delighted to collaborate with the Choir of St. Mary’s Girls High School Downpatrick to perform Requiem by Gabriel Faure. This challenging work was performed in the beautiful surroundings of St Patrick’s chapel Downpatrick and the Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor.
The principle of St. Mary’s Downpatrick, Ms Shiela Darling, commended the girls for approaching such a complex work of music with enthusiasm and diligence. She also thanked those members of Gaudeamus for all of their hard work and commitment in helping the girls produce such a magnificent sound.
A retiring collection was taken up on both nights in aid of Action Cancer.
On Friday 03 October Gaudeamus Celebrated its first birthday giving us a chance to reflect on the year that was and to look forward to the future. Over the past year we have had lots of fun learning some difficult but beautiful choral music.
Unfortunately we have had to say goodbye to some members due to education commitments and we welcomed some new talent to our Choir.
The highlight of our year was performing at the opening concert of the Charles Wood Summer School with world renowned organist Frederick Blanc. After the concert he said “thank you for your beautiful music it touched my soul. You make the most beautiful sound.”
Now it is time to look to the future and plan for Christmas. We will be back for our popular Carol Service in the Convent of Mercy, Newry. Last year it was a full house and we are expecting an even greater demand this year. Once again we will be giving the opportunity for a young singer to perform with the choir. A great experience for any aspiring young soloist.
After that who knows what we will end up doing but it will always involve… Singing!!
Having recently successfully delivered a fantastic programme at the opening concept of the annual Charles Wood Summer School and Festival, Gaudeamus are set to perform at the inaugural Newry Music Festival, Iur Cinn Fleadh.
The concert will be entitled Around the World and Back Again and will feature choral and organ works of composers from across the globe as well as those closer to home.
Around the World and Back Again will take place in the Chapel of St.Colman’s College, Newry at 8pm on Friday 12 September.
More information on the Iur Cinn Fleadh music festival can be found at www.iurcinnfleadh.com