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xx June 2018 Concert

The Gaudete Singers are a small group of about 20 - 30 singers. We perform a range of different styles, from Palestrina to Arvo Pärt.

The Gaudete Singers are directed by David Leigh.

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Les Chansons des Roses

A Choral Bouquet of Floral Music and Poetry

Music by Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, E J Moeran & Richard Rodney Bennett amongst others

Saturday 10 June 2018, 8pm

The Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green (West), Dublin 2

Tickets: €15 available on the door, conc. €10, students €5 with ID, all including a glass of wine/soft drink afterwards.


Les Chansons des Roses Morten Lauridsen (1943–)
Three Flower Songs Eric Whitacre (1970–)
Ah! Sunflower Ed Jones (1989–)
The Sick Rose Ed Jones
Madrigal Richard Rodney Bennett (1936–2012)
To Daffodils E J Moeran (1894–1950)
To Daffodils Harold Darke (1888–1976)
Tulips Roger Quilter (1877–1953)
Water Lilies Frederic H Cowen (1852–1935)
When Daisies Pied George Macfarren (1813–1887)

This varied choral bouquet of floral music spans the last two centuries and features works by three living composers.

Morten Johannes Lauridsen is an American composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient (2007), he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001) and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. Les Chansons des Roses are settings of poems by Rilke and the composer himself says,

In addition to his vast output of German poetry, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) wrote nearly 400 poems in French. His poems on roses struck me as especially charming, filled with gorgeous lyricism, deftly crafted and elegant in their imagery. These exquisite poems are primarily light, joyous and playful, and the musical settings are designed to enhance these characteristics and capture their delicate beauty and sensuousness.

Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of our time. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries.

Three Flower Songs are settings of I Hide Myself (Dickinson), With a lily in your hand (Lorca) and Go, lovely rose (Waller). This last setting was the first piece that Whitacre ever wrote, completed in 1990 and first performed in 1991. The other two songs were written subsequently to complete the set for publication.

Born and bred in Aberdeen, Ed Jones began playing the organ when he was at Aberdeen University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours in 2011 and finished a PhD in Musical Composition at Aberdeen in 2015. During his time as an undergraduate he was awarded the Ogston Music Making Award & the Chris Cadwur James Composition Award. He is the only music student ever to be awarded the Aberdeen City Quincentenary Prize. He has recently been appointed Assistant Organist at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.

This wonderful programme will be heard to good effect in the beautifully refurbished Unitarian Church, so come and enjoy some summery sounds of floral music and poetry.We hope to see you on 10th June and please join us for a glass of wine after the concert (included in the ticket price).

Contact us at gaudetesingers@gmail.com