Music news – 11th April

Limerick recital and concert; New recording by David Paul; Titanic Festival; Neil Hannon recalls and other reports
Limerick recital today
Today the lunchtime recital in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, will be given by the mezzo–soprano Sarah–Ellen Murphy with Peter Barley at the piano who will perform pieces by Balfe, Rossini, Schuman and Elgar.

Visiting choir at St Patrick’s
The choir of St Edward’s Church, Romford, begins a residency in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Thursday where they will sing the services until Sunday 15 April.

Christian Aid & Trócaire Concert in Limerick Cathedral
Chrsitan Aid and Trócaire present: Colours of the World –
A Musical Evening with a global perspective with: 
”Voices Together” (Northern Ireland)
and Villiers School Choir
Saturday 12th May
St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick
Donations for Christian Aid Ireland and Trocaire

Signs of the Times by David Paul the People  
The debut album from this Northern Irish fourpiece offers intriguing utterly original Christian music and we hope a taste of things to come

Festival marks Titanic anniversary
Belfast Telegraph – On the night of the sinking, April 14, there will be a requiem for the lost passengers and crew of the Titanic at St Anne’s Church of Ireland cathedral in the city centre, followed by a candle-lit procession to the memorial garden at Belfast City Hall.

Swallow led to thirst for musical hit
Sheffield Telegraph – “It’s a bit of a plummy kind of thing and terribly old-fashioned and quite unPC in an involuntary way,” observes Neil Hannon the son of a Church of Ireland minister in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. “But I thought when you take it apart and put it back together …

Compline sung at Good Book Shop
The Good Book Shop was the unusual location for a service of sung Compline which took place on Thursday 29 March 2012 at 8.45pm The service was partly done as a way of preparation for Holy Week, but also as a way of marking the 350th anniversary of the English Book of Common Prayer. Compline is traditionally the final church service of the day. In the Anglican tradition, Compline was originally merged with Vespers to form Evening Prayer in the BCP of 1662. The Church of England’s proposed Prayer Book of 1928 restored a form of Compline to Anglican worship. The male quartet who sang the service included the shop manager Richard Ryan, Dr Paul Berry conductor of the chamber choir ‘Sciolto’ and Robert Thompson organist in St Molua’s Parish Stormont, and conductor of the Priory Singers. The cantor on the night was Revd Jack Kinkead, curate in St Finnian’s Parish Church, Cregagh.

National Chamber Choir in Ballytobin
Kilkenny People – The National Chamber Choir will perform a concert in Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan on April 21 at 8pm. Promoted by the Music in Kilkenny concert series, the tour titled “An Irish Colloquy” promises to “open up the notion of a dialogue between …

Treorchy Male Voice Choir’s accounts investigated by police
BBC – A police investigation has been launched after serious discrepancies were uncovered in the financial accounts of the Treorchy Male Voice Choir.
The choir contacted the police after the discrepancies – understood to involve thousands of pounds – were found by members in a recent audit