NCC/CELSO AN­TUNES

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC LISTINGS - Michael Der­van Michael Der­van

Great Hall, Queen’s Univer­sity, Belfast Wed 7.45pm £8 01-7007811; Na­tional Gallery, Dublin Thurs 6.30pm ¤12 01-7007811

The Na­tional Cham­ber Choir rounds off its win­ter sea­son, themed Soli Dei Glo­ria, with con­certs in Belfast and Dublin this week. There’s a new work by Elaine Agnew, the in­trigu­ingly ti­tled The Md­ina Gilder, and also a work by her teacher, James MacMil­lan, his O bone Jesu. The evening’s other two works can be linked to­gether, too. Mag­ni­fi­cat I is by the English com­poser Giles Swayne, who turned 60 this year. As a teenage com­poser, Swayne was en­cour­aged by his com­poser cousin, El­iz­a­beth Ma­conchy, and Ma­conchy had stud­ied with Ralph Vaughan Wil­liams, who pro­vides the ma­jor work in the NCC’s pro­gramme, the Mass in G mi­nor of 1921, a back­ward-look­ing piece which stands as a kind of choral ana­logue to the fa­mously beau­ti­ful Tal­lis Fan­ta­sia for strings.

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