"SONGS of FAREWELL: SAIL AWAY" A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE by the UCD CHORAL SCHOLARS at ST PETER'S CHELSEA in NYC

“What a heavenly evening last night, a place to listen to the music of  worlds we don’t  always  remember we inhabit. And what a program; unearthly voices singing songs of the ordinary life we know, love and quarrel with, and thrill too as well. Thank you to Artists Without Walls for putting all of us together – audience singers, music. What an inspiration. We are truly very grateful.” Kathleen Hill, author of “Who Occupies This House.”

This past Saturday evening, Artists Without Walls presented the University College Dublin Choral Scholars at historic St Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Chelsea section of New York City. Led by Director Desmond Earley, the Choral Scholars performed a program entitled Songs of Farewell: Sailing Away.  Beginning with Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil,” followed by traditional  and contemporary music, the Choral Scholars captivated the audience with their brilliant sound. Soloists Glenn Murphy, Emily Doyle, Sorcha Kinder, Susie Gibbons and Mark Waters were in fine voice and performed splendidly throughout the evening. 

One of the concert’s many special moments was historian and author Peter Quinn’s poignant story of his great grandparents leaving Ireland in 1847 during the Great Famine  and making a life on the Lower East Side of New York, which was followed by Sorcha Kinder’s beautiful rendition of Brendan Graham’s “Orphan Girl,” the song of a sixteen year old girl, who dreams of sailing to Australia from Westport, Ireland. 

If you’d like to hear this wonderful collection of singers they will be making their final US appearance at Lehman College’s Studio Theater, 250 Bedford Blvd West, Bronx, on Tuesday, March 18, 6:30pm. We guarantee you’ll be enraptured by the music. Reception to follow. 

Here are a number of Vera Hoar’s photos, which capture the essence of this memorable evening. 

Soloist Glenn Murphy and the UCD Choral Scholars

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Desmond Earley, Director of the UCD Choral Scholars

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Soloists Susie Gibbons(center) and Mark Waters (far right)

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Artists Without Walls’ co-founders Niamh Hyland and Charles R. Hale with the UCD Choral Scholars

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The UCD Choral Scholars

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Special guest Peter Quinn

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The UCD Choral Scholars

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Harpist Elsa Kelly

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3 thoughts on “"SONGS of FAREWELL: SAIL AWAY" A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE by the UCD CHORAL SCHOLARS at ST PETER'S CHELSEA in NYC

  1. Edward McCann says:

    What a remarkable evening that was — it’s certainly one I won’t forget. I look forward to seeing what else Charles and Niamh have up their sleeves!

    • Thanks, Ed. Between Niamh and me and, well, and you, I think we have quite a number of things.

  2. Joe McElligott says:

    What an unbelievable evening of extraordinary talent!!! Hats off to all of the University College of Dublin Choral Scholars, Niamh Hyland, Charles Hale, Peter Quinn and all of the AWoW members. It just doesn’t get any better than it did last night

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