St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Choir in Cork held their annual Christmas Concert on Saturday 14th December. The event was sold out and had been for several weeks in advance.
The audience was treated to a selection of old favourites and less well-known carols, all sung by the boys, girls and adults of the choir, a total of almost 50 voices. Silent night, in a 5 part arrangement by Director of Music Peter Stobart, was one of the more well known carols, whilst Adam lay y bounden by Howard Skempton and two carols by Richard Rodney Bennett added a 20th and 21st century flavour to the evening.
Solos were sung by boy choristers Dylan Stapleton (Away in a manger) and Louis McDonald (Once in royal David’s city) and tenor Andrew Boushell sang a verse of Harold Darke’s In the bleak mid-winter.
The audience, having had their fill of mulled wine and mince pies, were encouraged to join in with the Hark the herald angels sing to round off the evening.