St. Mary’s Church in Dingle was almost full to capacity for the performance of Mozart’s Requiem at 7.00 pm on Sunday 30th April. This was one of the much anticipated events of Féile na Bealtaine.
Mark Keane had got together an impressive ensemble made up from three choirs, Tribal Chamber Choir, Cantairí Chonamara and Tuam Cathedral Choir as well as a 20 piece orchestra. Mark was to conduct the perfomance himself but he was indisposed and his place was taken by Blanaid Murphy who proved to be a very able deputy.
The main part was Mozart’s Requiem but the choir and singers performed other pieces, some religious but also a few pieces from Mozar’ts operas including Un Aura Amorosa from Cosi Fan Tutto and the Voyagers Chorus from Indomeneo.
The third piece on the programme was Laudate Dominum from Solemn Vespers which was beautifully sung by soprano Joan O’Malley wonderfully complemented by the choir and orchestra. Joan O’Malley came to the fore in other parts and her singing was particularly memorable.
Some of the pieces had duets or quartet of voices and the other main singers, Eoin Hynes, tenor, Rory Costello, bass and Joyce Byrne, alto were very impressive.
The acoustics (from where I was seated, towards the front) were very good. We could hear each voice individually and the balance between soloists, orchestra and choir seemed just right. The audience really appreciated the performance and were very complimentary afterwards.
Who would have thought we would hear Mozart in Dingle? Dingle is more often thought of as a location for Irish traditional music, culture and dance but this performance proves that Dingle has what it takes when it comes to providing diverse entertainment. Féile na Bealtaine staged numerous events spanning different media and genres which attracted crowds from many ages and backgrounds, so that there was ‘something for everyone’.
Long may it last!