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COLLEGIUM chamber choir
MARK DULEY conductor

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway, 5pm
Friday 3 April

Tickets: €18/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €14 / Students (full time): €6 Book here

Orlandus Lassus - Tristis est anima mea
Orlandus Lassus - Timor et tremor
Tomás Luis de Victoria - from Tenebrae Responsories:
Feria VI in parasceve ad Matutinum - Good Friday
Francis Poulenc - 4 Motets pour un temps de pénitence, FP 97
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Stabat Mater

The wonderful project chamber choir Collegium has regrouped under conductor Mark Duley and prepared a beautiful programme entitled Juxta Crucem: Music for Good Friday. Presented by Music for Galway this concert is taking place at St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway on Good Friday 3 April at 5pm. This is an opportunity to pause and collect your thoughts whilst listening to pieces which were written in very different times namely in the 16th and 20th centuries, music which draws us to the foot of the cross, and gives us the means, whatever our religious belief, to enter into the fragile humanity and poignant grief of this most emotional day in the church calendar. The music includes Palestrina’s Stabat Mater, excerpts from Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories, as well as works by Francis Poulenc and Orlandus Lassus.

Collegium is Galway’s newest choir, and the latest ensemble to be added to the panoply of choirs that form St Nicholas Schola Cantorum – bringing the total number to five! Collegium takes its title from the ancient designation of the church, dating back to 1486, and is made up of Galway’s finest choral singers. Most members sing in one of the Schola’s other choirs and many also sing in other Galway choral ensembles. Membership is by invitation or audition. The choir is project-based, in that it doesn’t meet regularly for weekly rehearsal but comes together for a short period of intensive rehearsals leading up to a concert performance. Collegium intends to focus on music from the Renaissance period in particular, and on presenting unusual programmes with a strong thematic and seasonal flavour.

Mark Duley was born in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and studied at Auckland University, the North German Organ Academy and Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatorium, where he was an organ pupil of Jacques van Oortmerssen. Mark came to Ireland in 1992 and has held several major posts in the country, including organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, chorusmaster to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. As conductor and organist he has appeared with most of the major Irish ensembles, including RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the National Chamber Choir, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Orchestra of St Cecilia, and his own chamber choir Resurgam. He has performed at many of Ireland’s premiere festivals, including the Wexford Opera Festival, the Cork International Choral Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the East Cork Early Music Festival. Mark is one of Ireland’s most well-known choral specialists, and has led workshops and masterclasses for choirs and conductors in Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe. Aside from a busy freelance career, Mark holds the posts of Pipeworks artistic director, organist of the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas, Galway, and founder-director of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum.

Tickets: €18/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €14 / Students (full time): €6 Book here




The Lavender Cello
Look out for our giant lavender cello , nicknamed the “Neachtivarius”, commissioned by Tigh Neachtain, crafted by Tommy Lennon.. .this will stand outside Neachtain’s for the entire week of the season launch and wil reappear at various times throughout the season.

Music for Galway is sponsored by the Arts Council and Galway City Council, and also thanks its many partners, corporate sponsors, Diamond Patrons and other Patrons and Friends.

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COLLEGIUM chamber choir

The Neachtivarius outside Tigh Neachtains as seen from Artisan Restaurant

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