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The Best of Christmas

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka Director/Violin
Ailish Tynan Soprano

Sibelius Andante festivo
Mohr/Gruber Silent Night Arr. Rice
Vincy/Martinet Le Petit Papa Noel Arr. Rice
Vivaldi Paris Concerto No. 2 RV, 133 e-minor
Moraeus Koppangen Arr. Rice
Traditional Sankta Lucia Arr. Rice
Grieg Love Story: First Meeting, Two Brown Eyes, I Love Thee,
A Bird Cried Out, Solvejg’s Song, To Her & A Swan.
Grieg Holberg Suite
Traditional Wexford Carol Arr. Rice
Traditional Don oíche úd i mBeithil Arr. Rice
Adam Oh Holy Night


The ICO’s Best of Christmas celebrates Christmas music around Europe and the Nordic countries, before returning home. Sibelius combines lusciousness with poignancy to great effect in his Andante Festivo. Little was it known that the Austrian carol Silent Night would wing its way into the hearts of people worldwide. A French segment emerges as soprano Ailish Tynan sings Martinet’s Le Petit Papa Noel, a 1946 hit song for Tino Rossi. Vivaldi’s Paris Concerti are unsurpassed and show him at the peak of his invention. From France to Scandinavia, Grieg‘s Holberg Suite evokes the beauty of Norway, its fjords, lakes and forests, whilst Ailish Tynan performs a collection of Grieg’s enormously popular love songs. From Norway to Sweden, MoraeusKoppangen is one of the most overtly beautiful Christmas carols ever written, whilst Sankta Lucia is sung during celebrations of the Festival of Light in Sweden, every December. Closer to home, Ailish Tynan offers festive treats, including the Wexford Carol and a haunting rendition of Don Oíche úd I mBeithil. Our journey ends with the irresistibly operatic Oh Holy Night.

Tynan’s delivery was stunning in its range of colour and dynamism. The tumble of sensuous lyrics rolled off her tongue as effortlessly as if she were a French native.” Irish Examiner


Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Thursday, December 14, 2017

    St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1513368000
  • 20:00, Friday, December 15, 2017

    All Saint’s Church, Mullingar

    Tickets no longer available


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