As part of Cork International Choral Festival
Sunday 1st May, 6.05am
Church of St. Anne (Shandon Bells)
Shandon Bells will once again host a dawn chorus this May Day, with Cork Chamber Choir welcoming the first day of summer in our Shandon Sunrise event.
At 06.05am sunrise on Sunday 1st May, the dawn will be met with a chorus of voices singing from the bell tower of the iconic Church of St. Anne, Shandon and followed by an ecumenical service. This unique performance has become a much loved annual event and marks the ancient celebration of the first day of summer. Those interested in attending are advised to arrive at 5.50am.
* Please note that due to space constraints, the public will not be admitted to the bell tower itself. However, the performance will be enjoyed on the steps of the church as the sun rises as well as in the church for the service that follows.
The Clerks Choral of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal, sing The Office Of Compline in plainsong
Sunday 1st May, 6pm
Church of St. Anne Shandon
Shandon, has become a regular feature of the Cork International Choral Festival.
The College of Clerks Choral in Youghal is an ancient institution, founded in 1464 by Thomas FitzGerald, Earl of Desmond. The College originally consisted of eight fellows and eight singing clerks – a choral foundation which was dissolved and reinstated a number of times over the centuries. The present choir represents the latest revival (2005) of the Clerks Choral directed by the much accomplished Ian Sexton.
Although the Clerks Choral remains informally associated with the magnificent Collegiate Church in Youghal, the group is most active in venues throughout Munster at Divine Service (of all denominations), weddings and concerts. The Clerks Choral regularly features on RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM. They have also performed in England and their rendition of Compline in St. Anne’s Church,
Compline is the last church service of the day; it is a contemplative office, with an emphasis on spiritual peace. All Welcome.