A properly Christmassy concert from Irish Chamber Orchestra

Katherine Hunka leads on December 13.

GLORIOUSLY high after a rapturous reception in Carnegie Hall during November’s tour of the US, Irish Chamber Orchestra holds its Christmas concert on Friday December 13 at St Mary’s Cathedral. ‘Arias and Advent’ is the appropriate title to this festive programme with tenor-baritone Robin Tritschler welcomed back by the Orchestra.

Talking about his “weak at the knees” effect on audiences, the ICO’s Charlotte Eglington tells us that Tritschler will sing Finzi’s cantata ‘Dies Natalis’: “This work aptly reflects the joy and wonder of a newborn child’s innocent perspective on the world. Next, he features an aria from Handel’s celebratory Chandos Anthems, ‘The Lord Preserveth All Them That Love Him’ alongside popular carols.”

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Orchestra leader Katherine Hunka directs Albinoni’s ‘Adagio’ and Diane Daly brings another dimension to the performance through physical movement.

Elgar and Handel will close out a seasonal second half. Book in advance as seats are hard to come by for this St Mary’s performance annually,