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The Irish Youth Choir Presents the life of Nadia Boulanger in Make Our Garden Grow

The Irish Youth Choir Presents the life of Nadia Boulanger in Make Our Garden Grow

The Irish Youth Choir presents its summer 2017 performance, Make Our Garden Grow, in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick at 7.30 pm on July 2.

Nadia BoulangerMake Our Garden Grow is the title for this year’s concerts and explores the remarkable life of Nadia Boulanger, perhaps the greatest music teacher who ever lived. This exciting programme is conducted by Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Choir, Greg Beardsell.

Nadia Boulanger, (born Sept. 16, 1887, Paris, France—died Oct. 22, 1979, Paris), conductor, organist, and one of the most influential teachers of musical composition of the 20th century.


She received her formal training in 1897–1904, studying composition with Gabriel Fauré and organ with Charles-Marie Widor. She later taught composition at the Conservatory and privately. She also published a few short works and in 1908 won second place in the Prix de Rome competition with her cantata La Sirène. She ceased composing, rating her works “useless,” after the death in 1918 of her talented sister Lili Boulanger, also a composer who is featured on the programme.

Nadia BoulangerProgramme:

Massenet – Chantez! From Chansons de Bois d’Amaranthe

Tchaikovsky – Blazheni

Saint-Saëns – Des pas dans l’allée

Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine

Monteverdi – Beatus Vir

Brahms – Liebeslieder Waltzes

Lili Boulanger – Hymne au soleil

Copland – Lark

Bernstein – Sanctus from Mass

Piazzolla – Libertango – arr. Swingles

Irish Youth Choir is the only dedicated national youth choir that offers training opportunities for young singers from all over Ireland. Set up as a choir in 1982. The Irish Youth Choir meets annually for a main intensive rehearsal course in the summer under the expert tuition of the Artistic Director, Greg Beardsell, and a team of tutors and vocal coaches. The week culminates in a number of performances by the choir.

Some of the previous descriptions about IYC concerts include glorious choral sound, always a pleasure to listen to, a vindication of the choir’s musical aims and methods, what they achieve in one week is impressive, a collective sound that is magical.

Tickets for Make Our Garden Grow can be purchased from the University Concert Hall,

Book tickets online here or call 061 331549,

you can also book in person at their box office.

Further information is available here or call 061 234823

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