Summer Concert in aid of St. Joseph’s Organ Restoration Fund


On Sunday May 10th at 7:30 pm in the Redemptorist Church Dundalk, Setanta Choir will join the members of St. Joseph’s Senior choir for an evening of music and song to raise funds for the restoration of the church organ.

The organ of St Joseph’s Church was constructed by the Dublin based company, Telford & Telford, over 120 years ago. It was first used on the 6th May, 1894, and Mr. Telford himself played the organ at the High Mass to celebrate the occasion. Since then, the organ has had a number of major overhauls. The first of which, was a complete reconstruction by the original builders Telford & Telford. This work was completed and the organ blessed on December 13th 1925.The second complete overhaul was carried out by the Irish Organ Co. in 1962. However,due to technological advances at the time another massive overhaul of the organ was carried out in 1978. During this overhaul the original mechanical action was electrified to bring it up to date with the very latest technology and the organ pipes were completely re-voiced.

To date, the organ has not been restored for nearly 40 years. This, coupled with the fact that he choir has recently grown to over 40 members, has led to an urgent need for a complete reconstruction of the organ and gallery. It is planned that over 90% of the original pipes would be reused in the new organ, however, the organ casing and gallery layout will hopefully becompletely redesigned. This will provide a more comfortable space for the choir and a state of the art organ capable of leading the musical worship in St. Joseph’s well into the next century.

For this concert the combined voices of Setanta and St. Joseph’s Choir will perform themuch loved choral work, Fauré’s Requiem. Although a Requiem, in place of the sombre nature of many requiems that had gone before, Fauré’s is noted for its calm, serene and peaceful outlook. In this choral classic we find musical solace in a work that focuses not on the morbid, but on the supposedly restful and fear ­free nature of death. This Requiem is often referred to as a “Lullaby of Death”. The concert will also include other choral classics such as the ‘Easter Hymn’ from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, “Va Pensiero” by Verdi and Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’.

The young Dundalk soprano Fionnuala Quinn will be the soloist for the evening and will bejoined by her singing teacher Eugene Ginty for a special performance of ‘Think of Me’ from‘Phantom of the Opera’. Tickets €15, Students and Children €5 are available from the reception in St. Joseph’s, online at http:/www.setantachoir.com or on the door.

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