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A very special reflective collection of Baroque works to move, heal and enlighten. Streamed Live from Galway Cathedral.

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With special guest compère Vlad Smishkewych, known for his Lyric FM radio programme Vox Nostra.

This special performance of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, usually heard on Good Friday and illustrating the sorrow and pain of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is dedicated to everyone mourning a loss, whether that be of a loved one, their work, life as we knew it or anything else which living through this pandemic has left us with.

Vivaldi's Nulla in Mundo (There is no true peace in this world without bitterness) is considered one of the most beautiful solo motets. The text considers the imperfections of the world and praises Jesus for the salvation he offers from it.

These sacred works also transcend the liturgical purposes for which they were written and appeal to a human nature which is intrinsically vulnerable but available to healing and therefore naturally resilient.

With special guests Aisling Kenny - Soprano, Mark Chambers - Counter Tenor and Ray O'Donnell - Organ.

The programme - Voces Luminis (voices of light) aims to reflect on the suffering we have all experienced and give whatever relief we can through the medium of sublime baroque music. The programme moves through reflective and sorrowful colours to find the light and lift the spirits with a celebratory and thankful tone of Corelli's Concerto Grosso No. Op.6 No. 4.

The beauty within this music is at once divine and mortal and the ability to celebrate and be thankful is so important during these difficult times. We hope you love this programme and thank you for your valued support.

A concert programme will be available to download from our website soon...

Produced with funding from the Arts Council and Galway City Council.

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