Crux is a gathering of voices on the Atlantic fringe of Europe in the historic city of Dublin.
Inspired by plainchant as the foundation of Western music, the ensemble interprets old music for new audiences. Directed by Paul McGough, Crux has featured in the hit TV series Vikings, movies such as Pilgrimage, Love & Friendship, The Hole in the Ground and various documentaries.

The group varies in number – anything from three to thirteen or more, depending on the event – and is based at the beautiful St. Mary’s Church on Haddington Road, Dublin. There, Crux sings the early mass on the first Sunday of each month, including Medieval, Renaissance and Contemporary choral music and may be viewed live online via this link.

Crux sings 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.
– Paul McGough, founder, director.

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Some great Early music this morning on @VladSmishkewych’s Vox Nostra, @RTElyricfm

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“Some of the most beautiful singing I have heard from an Irish choir” – Tim Thurston, RTÉ Lyric FM

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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

Email

info[@]cruxvocalensemble.com

Address

Churchtown, Co. Dublin, Ireland