Harmonia Sacra: Divine Sounds & Dialogues

Aisling Kenny, soprano
Paul Kieffer, lute
Raymond O'Donnell, organ
Thursday 10 August 2017 at 20:00
Admission €15.00; concessions €10.00

Soprano Aisling Kenny is a soloist and ensemble singer, specialising in early music and art song. She studied music at Maynooth University, and later singing and historical performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, with Evelyn Tubb. In Basel, she participated in master classes with Emma Kirkby, Christine Schäfer and Andreas Scholl. Recent highlights include Handel’s Messiah with Resurgam and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, directed by Monica Huggett, Bach’s Mass in B minor with University of Dublin (Trinity College) Choral Society, and Tarik O’Regan’s The Ecstasies Above with soloists of Chamber Choir Ireland and the RIAM Chorale. Other performances as a soloist include Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Garden City, New York, with Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Stanford’s Magnificat in G at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and Britten’s Te Deum with the Charles Wood Singers, Armagh, directed by David Hill and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. An active recitalist of Lieder and lute song, she has recently presented recitals in Basel, Oxford and several venues around Ireland. Aisling, an experienced ensemble singer, is a member of Resurgam Choir directed by Mark Duley, since 2008 and has sung with international conductors including Andrea Marcon, John Butt, and Christophe Rousset.

Paul Kieffer fell in love with the lute as a teenager growing up in America. He has released two solo lute CDs to critical acclaim, performed in early music festivals of Utrecht, Bruges, Ambronay and Barcelona, and has given solo recitals in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, the USA and Canada. As a chamber musician, he has performed in most European countries and also around the world. He regularly appears with groups from various countries: Scherzi Musicali (Belgium), Ensemble La Fenice (France), Concerto Copenhagen (Denmark), MusicAeterna (Russia), Capriccio Basel (Switzerland), Neumeyer Consort (Germany) and others. He now works as répétiteur on lutes and related instruments at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), whence he graduated with honours.

Raymond O'Donnell has been organist & Director of Music at Galway Cathedral since January 1994. A native of Dublin, he studied music and mathematical physics at Maynooth University, graduating in 1991 with a first-class honours MA in organ performance and interpretation. Besides playing the organ, his duties in the Cathedral include directing the Cathedral Choir as well as planning and implementing music for the Cathedral liturgy. Between 2006 and 2007 he oversaw a major rebuild of the Cathedral organ, by Irish organ-builder Trevor Crowe, which saw it become what is probably the finest symphonic instrument in Ireland today. In addition to his work in the Cathedral, he has a busy performing career which has seen him give recitals across Europe and in the UK and USA; in the last few years he has given concerts in Germany, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Italy and the UK. In recent years he has returned to Maynooth University as a part-time lecturer in counterpoint and a tutor in organ performance and keyboard skills.

Jeremiah Clarke (1674–1707)

A divine hymn

John Dowland (1563–1626)

Where sin sore wounding

Thou mightie God

Thomas Campion (1567–1620)

Never weather beaten sail

Robert Johnson (c. 1583-1633)

A pavan

John Danyel (1564–1626)

Grief keep within

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)

Laudate Dominum

Exulta Filia

John Dowland

Galliard to lachrimae

John Dowland

I saw my lady weep

Flow my tears

William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

A fancy, from My Ladye Nevell’s Booke

Henry Purcell (1659–1695)

The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation

Evening Hymn