2019 Programme / The Donegal Voices


The Donegal Voices

The Coronation Anthems, The Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel


Date: Friday October 06
Venue: St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyshannon
Time: 8pm / Cost: Donations/Retiring Collection.

Following last year’s tremendous success with their performances of JS Bach’s Magnificat in D and Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Donegal Voices Choir return, under the direction of Andrew Batchelor, with another suitably ambitious programme, this time featuring as centerpiece Handel’s stirring Coronation Anthems. Using his own melodies and drawing on text from the King James Bible, Handel was commissioned to write these four uplifting choral works to accompany the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline of England, in October 1727. In a true Celebration of Handel, the ensemble will also perform the tremendous Hallelujah Chorus from the composer’s best known work, The Messiah.

The Donegal Voices was formed in 2015 by Deborah Cunningham and Eileen Carr with Andrew Batchelor as Musical Director. Members are from Dunfanaghy and Letterkenny in the north of the county, from Gort a’Choirce to the West, and from Donegal, Ballyshannon and Bundoran in the south.

Andrew Batchelor, Conductor and Musical Director, is principally a singer, having been a post-graduate student at The Royal Academy of Music, London. He has performed extensively as a soloist in the UK and Europe and was for many years a member of the world renowned Chorus of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Now resident in Mountcharles, he devotes his time to vocal training, conducting, teaching and composition.

Accompanist Ian Mills is a Northern Ireland based organist and teacher. Since 2006, he has held the position of Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry.

Booking Details

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