Number 11. Thursday, 13th November, 2014

The Orpheus Choir's Concert in 
St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
- from Baroque to Modern Times -

Two wonderful artists will be joining The Orpheus Choir in their concert in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral on Saturday, 22nd. November, 2014, for what promises to be a very special programme of music – from Baroque to Modern Times - the Director of Music and Head Organist of St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Malcolm Wisener, who will play the magnificent Cathedral organ and a young rising star in Cork and environs, Andrew Thomson, who, with his sonorous baritone voice, will interlace the choral and instrumental tapestry of the programme with various vocal highlights, ranging from the delicate filigree of Bach's Mathew Passion to the dramatic intensity of Glück's 'Orfeo' and Mendelssohn's 'Elijah'.
Malcolm Wisener
photo: Internet

Malcolm Wisener
Originally from Coleraine, County Derry, on leaving school, Malcolm went to the Royal College of Music in London and became an organ scholar at Southwark Cathedral. After that, he served first as assistant organist in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin before taking on the post of Director of Music at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road, Dublin, where he built up a large choir of boys and men alongside the development of a girl’s choir. He took up the post of Head Organist and Director of Music at St. Fin Barre's Cathedral in 2008.
The Cathedral organ dates back to 1870 and was built by William Hill and the fact that it is still there today stands as a testament to the quality of its making. In the 1920s, it was rebuilt by an English firm, who didn’t alter it much, but, in 1966, there were some alterations made to bring it in line with the fashion of those days of playing Baroque music more authentically. Recently, the organ has been extensively renovated, restoring its 4,000 pipes and now it is a unique example of its kind and the largest organ in the whole of Ireland.
Andrew Thomson
photo: Hans van den Bos

Andrew Thomson
The Scottish baritone, Andrew Thomson, developed a love of music at a very early age and already engaged in musical activities while still at school, studying piano and singing in numerous theatre groups and Scottish Opera productions. He won several awards for both piano and singing and featured at music festivals, for example, the Moray Music Festival. After taking an Arts Degree in Music, English and History at Glasgow University, Andrew moved to Ireland in 2001 and has since studied singing with Hilary Reynolds L.R.A.M. (London), passing the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 8 exam with Distinction. In April of this year, Andrew made his professional concert debut in the Village Arts Centre in Kilworth with a superb recital of songs and operatic arias in four different languages (including Russian!) to high acclaim. The Orpheus Choir also put in an unexpected appearance in an exciting Flash Mob Finale!

The Orpheus Choir
A 30-strong, mixed-voiced ensemble, The Orpheus Choir will sing a number of classical and romantic pieces, which, enhanced by the sublime acoustic of the Cathedral, are guaranteed to sound at their very best, and, to finish up the programme on a somewhat more contemporary note, it will bring a few familiar 'tunes' in slightly unfamiliar garbs, ending up 'with a bit of a swing'!

Tickets are €10,- and can be obtained from the Cathedral Shop or at the door on the night. The proceeds of the concert are designated to the upkeep of the Cathedral.

Hilary Reynolds - musical director

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