Crux is a gathering of voices on the western fringe of Europe in the historic city of Dublin.

Devoted to the flowing beauty of chant as the inspiration behind all Western music, the ensemble interprets old music for new audiences. Directed by Paul McGough, Crux is known for appearances in the hit TV series Vikings, movies such as Pilgrimage 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 and second 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 various historic centres (eg. King John’s Castle, Limerick, Clondalkin Round Tower.) More details are found in our blog section.
– Paul McGough, founder, director.

 

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This Advent Sunday morning at St. Mary's Church on Haddington Road, Crux focusses on Mary in music by German composer Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)

One of the first German composers to cross the Alps to study in Italy, Hassler honed his craft in Venice, befriending talented individuals such as Gabrieli and learning of the newest compositional developments before returning home. Specifically he was drawn to the seconda prattica - a movement in composition that sought greater expression in polyphonic music and paved the way for the Baroque period.

This morning Crux sings his Missa 'Dixit Maria' and motet of the same title upon which his mass is based. We also perform his 'Ave Maris Stella' at both the collection and communion, being conveniently divided into verses.

By contrast with this 16th-century soundworld, we commence our mass with a creative, 20-century arrangement of 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' by Hungarian composer and pedagogue Zoltan Kodaly.
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Events

“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.

Blog

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Contact

Phone

086 3817070

Email

info[@]cruxvocalensemble.com

Address

Churchtown, Co. Dublin, Ireland