Weary of Oh Holy Night Already? Originally banned by the church and part of a seminal moment of the history of recording, have a listen to the fascinating history of the uber popular French carol here courtesy of Fionn Davenport's Newstalk podcasts.My first memory of hearing this carol was at a Lord Mayor's concert in City Hall, Cork about thirty years ago, sung by teenage soprano, Mary Hegarty, a clear and powerful voice soaring over the orchestra in the large hall.
Here is a round up of the various renditions I have heard in Clare in the last fortnight. Even in this heartland of traditional Irish music, this French operatic carol has taken firm root and features on most carol evenings in the run up to the 25th Dec. Fond and all as I am of it, I suggest some ground rules to preserve some of its 'je ne sais quoi' How about 'No singer to be allowed to perform it twice in a a two week period unless in a different language or backwards and no performance during daylight hours (which God knows are very brief enough anyway), for starters.Perhaps the parish musical director could arrange a licencing scheme, any breaches punishable by excommunication or early morning cantor duty for a suitably punitive period !
Clare Cantiques de Noel Census
110th Dec Cahercalla Christmas Concert Maret O Hehir
210th Dec Beau Soir at Danlann an Chlár Karoline O Sullivan & Maeve Cairney Duet
314th Dec St Columba's Ennis Katie O Donoghue, Lismorahaun Singers
4 15th Dec Edel O Brien St Senan's Kilrush
518th Dec Ruth Kelly Ecumenical Service Ennis at the Friary
620th Dec Ruth Kelly Jukebox Opera at the Friary
7 23rd Dec Tony Murray at the Food Emporium
8 24th Dec Tony Murray Midnight Mass Ennis Cathedral
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For a brief moment I thought I might be called upon to emulate radio engineer Reginald Fessendon's historic task of broadcasting a solo violin version when not one but two guest sopranos were indisposed on Christmas Eve. (yes, one could quote Oscar Wilde, to lose one, most unfortunate but two!..), but parish radio listeners were spared when Tony Murray (most recently seen as Mr Bumble in Ennis Musical Society's production of Oliver) stepped forward from the tenor ranks to perform the favourite. Bravo Tony! Bravo indeed sir!
|Radio Renaissance Man Reginald Fessendon|