NCC perform works by Siobhán Cleary and Martin O’Leary in Dún Laoghaire

loveThe National Chamber Choir of Ireland, under the direction of Paul Hillier and with Fergal Caulfield on organ, will take part in Dún Laoghaire’s Summer Organ Concerts with a programme called Love and Other Nonsense. The Series, founded by Professor Gerard Gillen, is now in its fortieth year, and is one of the longest-running concert series in the country.

In this concert, the NCC will juxtapose themes of love with nonsense lyrics, in a programme of predominantly 20th-century music described by Culture Northern Ireland as ‘a wonderfully stimulating and imaginative programme’. Two settings of Sir Frederick Bridge’s The Cries of London, the first by Orlando Gibbons and the second by Luciano Berio, settings of Bergman’s Galgenlieder and a recent work by Siobhán Cleary, Theophilus Thistle and the Myth of Miss Muffet, are all derived from nonsense texts. Louis Andriessen’s Un beau baiser, Clément Janequin’s Le Chant des Oiseaux and Pēteris Vasks’ Encounter explore aspects of love. In addition, a new Jubilate by Martin O’Leary, commissioned to celebrate the summer series’ anniversary, will be premiered at the concert.

Love and Other Nonsense  will be performed at St. Michael’s Church in Dún Laoghaire on 23 June at 8pm. For more information see


Orlando Gibbons: The Cries of London

Luciano Berio: The Cries of London (I-V)

Jehan Alain: Variations sur un thème de Clément Janequin, JA118

Clément Janequin: Le Chant des Oiseaux

Louis Andriessen: Un beau baiser

Pēteris Vasks: Encounter

Martin O’Leary: Jubilate (premiere)

Erik Bergman: Galgenlieder

Louis Vierne: From Pièces de Fantaisie, op.54 – Carillon de Westminster, op.54, no.6

Siobhan Cleary: Theophilus Thistle and the Myth of Miss Muffet

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