Crux is a gathering of voices on the Atlantic fringe of Europe in the historic city of Dublin.
Directed by Paul McGough, the ensemble interprets old music for new audiences with a focus on Medieval and Renaissance chant and polyphony. Crux is Ireland’s leading TV and film choral group, appearing in Pilgrimage, Love & Friendship, The Hole in the Ground, various documentaries and in every season of History Channel’s Vikings.

The members of the group range widely in voice from bassi profundi to soaring countertenors. The group varies in size and number, depending on the event and sometimes includes female voices.
Based at the beautiful St. Mary’s Church on Haddington Road, Dublin, Crux sings an Ancient-music mass twice per month, a mix of Medieval, Renaissance and Contemporary choral music.

Crux also performs at festivals and events around Ireland and abroad (eg Galway Early Music Festival, Throckmorton Literary Festival, UK, Trim Festival of Masks, Dark Dublin) and is a permanent feature at historic centres like King John’s Castle and Clondalkin Round Tower.

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Crux Vocal Ensemble

The highlight of the musical year at St. Mary's is the annual Christmas concert in which is presented - on one 'stage' - the full range of musicians that contribute to worship and song throughout the year. From young to old, beginner to expert, hobbyist to professional, St. Mary's plays host to one of the richest music communities in Dublin city in beautiful surroundings and glorious acoustic.

This year, the concert program includes:
Catrina Scullion, soprano soloist,
Classicus and Octavia, youth choirs directed by Máire Ledwith, plus young soloists.
The Croatian Singers - representatives of the new community at St. Mary's.
Crux Vocal Ensemble, directed by Paul McGough

Ave Maria: Crux will focus on the message of Christmas and Marian repertoire as it travelled from East to West from the Middle East through Russia, Poland, Germany, Scandinavia, the UK and home to Ireland.

Anon. (15th-century Turkey): Kontakion of the Mother of God*
S. Rachmaninov: Bogoroditse Dyevo
P. Lukaszewski: Ave Maria
Gruber, arr. E. Conway: Silent Night
John Tavener: The Lamb
Ola Gjeilo: O Magnum Mysterium**
F. O'Carroll: Suantrai ár Slánaitheora
John Rutter: Jingle Bells
Handel: Hallelujah* (from 'Messiah')

*With Natalia McGough, soprano saxophone.

**Sound samples: soundcloud.com/crux-vocal-ensemble/gjeilo-osculetur-me-sample

TICKETS: www.eventbrite.ie/e/christmas-by-candlelight-st-marys-haddington-road-tickets-53390543553
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Programmes

1. Romance and Reverence

Crux sings of love and commitment in this concert of vocal music from the Ars Antiqua to modern day.

Two lovers navigate the rise and fall of life and love in a fickle world, all doors to which – and from which – are firmly manned by the Church in rituals of music and ceremony.

Duration: 1 hour excluding interval.

2. The Weeping of David

Crux celebrates the rich literature of David’s psalms in settings of select tracts, eg. ‘When David Heard’ (Tomkins), funeral music by Henry Purcell, Tallis’ imitative ‘Miserere Nostri’ and Allegri’s ‘Miserere Mei’. These substantial works are supported by solo and instrumental music; personal, heart-rending laments from the time of the Crusades, songs for the fallen Jerusalem and for fallen loved ones.

Duration: 1 hour excluding interval.

3. The Rosary

Details to follow.

4. Christmas and Winter

Currently, Crux is gathering ideas for a concert program dedicated to the season of Christmas and Winter, a collection of music that reflects the sacred and secular calendar in rich artistry.
Details will appear in time.

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Contact

Phone

086 3817070 (Paul)

Email

info[@]cruxvocalensemble.com

Address

Churchtown, Co. Dublin, Ireland