Upcoming Concerts

The 2017 – 2018 Season continues its promise of being another wonderful feast of glorious choral music.

On Monday 16th April 2018, at 8p.m., The Guinness Choir will be in the National Concert Hall, Dublin to perform the ‘B Minor Mass’ by Johann Sebastian Bach.

This glorious setting of the Mass is widely recognised as one of the greatest compositions in musical history. Although completed in 1749, the year before Bach’s death, it wasn’t performed in full until 1859 and since that time it has become established in the repertoire of all the great choirs and performers.

In this performance The Guinness Choir and Orchestra, under Musical Director, David Milne, is delighted to be joined by:

Catherine Redding, Soprano
Norah King, Mezzo Soprano
Alison Browner, Contralto
Christopher Bowen, Tenor and
John Molloy, Bass.

Tickets are €30, €25 and €20 and are available from the National Concert Hall at https://www.nch.ie/

Secondary school students can avail of a special reduced price of €15 for Choir Balcony seats. This offer is available until Friday 16th March 2018. Please contact guinnesschoir@gmail.com for the promotional code for these tickets.

Catherine Redding, Soprano

Dublin-based Canadian soprano Catherine Redding, described as ‘warm, clear and impeccably controlled’ (The Irish Times), has performed internationally in oratorio, opera and recital.

Oratorio highlights include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, Mondonville’s In Exitu Israel , Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Nees’ Magnificat, and Fauré’s Requiem in venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the National Concert Hall, Dublin and Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

Her operatic roles include Sandman/Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) with Longborough Festival Opera, UK, Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro) and Emmie (Albert Herring) with Opera Project, UK and Oscar (A Masked Ball) and Zerlina/Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Cork’s Opera 2005.

As a recitalist, Catherine’s performances in Canada, Italy, Austria, England and Ireland have encompassed a repertoire of Baroque to contemporary works. Catherine is featured as a soloist on award-winning Canadian composer Christopher Tyler Nickel’s CD, Rain.

Her debut solo album Lullaby was launched in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin in April 2015, as heard on RTE lyric fm. Catherine studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Norah King, Mezzo Soprano

Norah King – Mezzo Soprano

Norah began her training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she graduated with a First Class Honours BA in Music Performance under renowned teacher Dr. Veronica Dunne, followed by postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Elizabeth Ritchie.

Norah has enchanted audiences across Europe and Asia in both operatic roles and concert performances, from the National Concert Hall, Dublin to the Uchisaiwaicho Hall, Tokyo.

On the concert platform Norah has appeared with the Shanghai Opera Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. In opera she has sung roles for the Lismore Opera Festival, Aldeburgh Music, Lyric Opera Productions and English Touring Opera.

Norah is a Concordia and Samling Artist, a former Britten-Pears Young Artist and Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholar. An alumna of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Cardiff International Academy of Voice she holds a DipRAM and has been awarded numerous prizes including awards from The Arts Council of Ireland and Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Norah is a former Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Theatre Company Young Artist.

“She was a star in the celebrated “Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, proving rich in colour, relaxed and vocal virtuosity, and as for the all-important timing in this most flexible of arias – terrific” – The Irish Times

Alison Browner, Contralto

Alison Browner – Contralto

Dublin born Alison Browner studied at Trinity College Dublin and the Hochschule, Hamburg, completing her studies with Hans Hotter.

She spent two years at the Munich Opera Studio before joining the Darmstadt Company where she undertook such roles as Angelina (La Cenerentola), Dorabella, Orfeo and Charlotte (Werther). She then moved to Mannheim adding Octavian, Cherubino and Rosina to her repertory. Her international appearances include the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Companies in Zurich, Barcelona, Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin and in Salzburg with John Elliot Gardiner.

She has sung La Cenerentola with Opera Ireland in Dublin and in Donizetti’s L’Assedio di Calais and Rubinstein’s The Demon at the Wexford Festival. She is a frequent recitalist with her accompanist Breda Zakotnik and Andreas Frese and has appeared with Irwin Gage in a series of recitals in Bonn and at the Ossiach-Festival, Austria. Her concert repertoire extends from Bach through Schönberg and she has sung Mahlerlieder in Germany and with the N.S.O. (Rückert-Lieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen…)

Recordings include Bach Christmas Oratorio and St. Matthew Passion, romantic songs and duets with Christiane Oelze and Mahler Rückertlieder and IV. Symphony. She appeared in Nozze di Figaro (Marcellina) in Ludwigsburg, Geneva, Zurich and Bern. Alison has performed Bach in numerous cities throughout the world. She is in demand for all of the major oratorio repertoire ranging from Mozart c minor Mass to Tippett A child of our time.

She has enjoyed great success in a large and varied repertoire with the following ensembles and conductors such as the Concertgebouworkest under Philippe Herreweghe, Erik Ericson and his chamber choir, Concerto Köln under Marcus Creed, Nicholas Kraemer, James Levine in Bayreuth, the Symphony of Harmony and Invention London under Harry Christophers, the Munich Philharmonic under Lothar Zagrosek, the Stuttgarter Opera Orchestra under Gabriel Ferro, La Stagione, the Linos-Ensemble, Sigiswald Kuijken, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Hengelbrock, Christoph Poppen, Wolfgang G&puml;nnenwein, Peter Schreier, Rolf Beck, Volker Hempfling, Peter Neumann, Karl-Friedrich Behringer, Peter Neumann, Wolfgang Schäfer etc.

She has recently appeared with the Bavarian State Orchestra and Kent Nagano in Munich with a Mendelssohn programme.

Christopher Bowen, Tenor

Christopher Bowen – Tenor

Christopher Bowen is a high lyric tenor known for his versatility and communicative ability. An accomplished musician; he enjoys collaborations and connecting with audiences.

​Christopher Bowen brought his high tenor voice from New Zealand to London in 2003. Since then he has performed a broad array of music, from the role of Daniel in the 12th Century Play of Daniel to creating the role of Rawley Beaunes in Alasdair Nicolson’s The Iris Murder.

His diverse concert appearances include Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius (RNCM Concert Hall), Britten’s War Requiem (Airforce Museum of New Zealand), Mozart’s Requiem (St Magnus Festival – Norwegian Radio Orchestra), Orff’s Carmina Burana (Albert Hall) and the title role in Charpentier’s Acteon.

Christopher first love is for the baroque and he has an extensive repertoire of Bach and Handel cantatas and oratorios.  He has a particular talent for the story telling of evangelist roles.  Recent performances have included the Christmas Oratorio at Snape Maltings and John Passion in Auckland. He was the tenor evangelist in the Radio 3 broadcast of Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie, in the UK premiere of the Johannespassion by Gottfried Homilius, and in a “Patchwork Passion” at the BBC Proms.

​Christopher has shown a commitment to new music over ten years in the BBC Singers and in performance with groups such as The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Theatre of Voices and the Hebrides Ensemble. He was Attis in Northcote’s Hymn to Cybele (BBC Proms), the Black Monk in Maxwell Davies’ Taverner (BBCSSO) and MacMillan’s Seven Last Words (BBC Proms).

Christopher recently recorded song cycles by Scottish New Zealand composer Lyell Cresswell for The Art of Black and White. Other CD appearances include the world premiere recording of Vaughan Williams’ A Cambridge Mass (New Queens Hall Orchestra – Tongue), Delius’ Song of the High Hills (BBCSO – Davis), The Youngest Son in Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom (BBCSO – Brabbins) and a Poet in Janáček’s The Travels of Mr Broucek (BBCSO –  Bělohlávek).

John Molloy, Bass

John Molloy – Tenor

John Molloy, from Birr in Ireland, studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. In 2005 he graduated from the RNCM, receiving the college’s highest accolade for performance; the PPRNCM Diploma. John has received Awards and Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, John McCormack Society of Ireland and was a major scholar of the Peter Moores Foundation from 2004 – 2006.

He was also a selected student of the National Opera Studio in London. Notable roles include Arthur The Lighthouse with Nationale Reisopera, Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and Leporello Don Giovanni in Ireland, Masetto Don Giovanni with English National Opera, Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro with Nationale Reisopera, and Leporello DON GIOVANNI for NI Opera.  Future engagements include Budd ALBERT HERRING with the Buxton Festival, Swallow PETER GRIMES with the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, and the Messiah with the Leicester Philharmonic.

John has worked with many Opera Companies in Ireland and the UK including Opera North, Northern Ireland Opera, Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre Company, and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. He has also performed at the festivals of Wexford, Ryedale, Mananan, The Farmleigh Proms and the Sir Malcolm Sergeant Festival in London.


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