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.