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Knock Carols

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An early evening concert of heart-warming carols. Featuring the Palestrina Choir and Ireland’s Symphonic Brass Ensemble Dublin Brass.

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Knock Basilica is delighted to announce Christmas Carols by Candlelight on Saturday 21st December at 5pm. Bringing together all age groups and cultures, Christmas Carols by Candlelight is a celebration of family, of Christmas and of Community spirit with a heart-warming selection of traditional carols.

Featuring the Palestrina Choir, Dublin, Conductor Blánaid Murphy, Ireland’s Symphonic Brass Ensemble, Dublin Brass and Organist David Grealy, this will be a wonderful evening of delightful and seasonal music making.

The Palestrina Choir had its origins in a boys’ choir formed in the 1890s by Dr. Vincent O’Brien. While maintaining an unbroken tradition of service at the Sunday liturgy at Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathderal, the choir has also performed at numerous State occasions, featured on radio and TV nationally and internationally and has travelled extensively to countries including Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany. In recognition of this, in December 2003, the Choir was awarded the much-coveted St. Cecilia Award by the Vocal Heritage Society of Ireland. In 2012 the choir received an invitation from the Director of the Sistine Chapel Choir to join them in singing at Saint Peter’s Basilica for his Holiness Bendict XVI.

Since 2002 the Choir has been directed by Blánaid Murphy, one of the foremost choral music directors, educators and consultants in Ireland and under her guidance it continues to thrive and develop. There are currently 40 boys in the choir and there is significant competition for annual entry. Thrice weekly rehearsals lead to melodious harmony and choral excellence!

Dublin Brass is Ireland’s leading brass ensemble. The players in the group have formidable experience on the concert platform, in recording studios and in theatres and have played with orchestras including Camerata Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, English National Opera, RTE Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra.

Internationally renowned organist David Grealy, originally from Galway, is in regular demand as an accompanist, both in Ireland and abroad, and in August 2018 was organist for the Papal Mass celebrated in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Tickets in person: from Knock Shrine Information Centre or by phoning (094) 93 75070

Please note: Please print out online ticket purchases as they will need to be presented on the evening of the concert to gain admission. It is advisable to arrive one hour before the concert start time to allow ample time for parking and seat allocation. Please note your designated seat number on your ticket.

Tickets are non-refundable.

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