M75 photo Feb 2014

Our 2015 Opening Concert celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the founding of Cork’s internationally renowned vocal ensemble Madrigal ’75 (Director James Taylor). Madrigal ’75 accompanied by the Cork Baroque Orchestra presented vocal and instrumental music from the Baroque and featured works by Handel, Telemann, Purcell, Monteverdi with the well-known Gloria by Vivaldi providing a popular opening to the Festival. Concert featured acclaimed soloists Deirdre Moynihan (soprano) and Bridget Knowles (alto).

Pre-concert recital featured the Band of 1st Southern Brigade.


Gloria RV589 – Antonio Vivaldi (1678 -1741)
Violin Concerto in A major ‘Die Relinge’ TWV51: A4– Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767)
Beatus vir SV268– Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

– Interval –

Chacony in G minor Z.730
If music be the food of love Z.379C
Evening hymn Z.193
Chaconne in C major Z.629 – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Dixit Dominus HWV232 – Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

Madrigal ‘75 is a vocal ensemble based in Cork City. Founded in 1975 by university students, the choir now comprises of a diverse combination of singers from all walks of life. Madrigal ‘75 has developed a reputation as a vocal ensemble of great skill and beauty, performing repertoire from the 14th century to contemporary choral works, both sacred and secular, including first performances of new commissions. In 2005 Madrigal ‘75 was a prominent participant in the Cork European Capital of Culture events and toured France as cultural ambassadors for the city. Madrigal ‘75 is also the winner of the Carols for Christmas 2006 and 2012 competitions on RTE Lyric FM. Other successes include Best Choir at the Montreux Festival, several Best Performances and First Prize awards at successive Cork International Choral Festivals, and the Irish Choir of the Year award. In 2013, Madrigal ‘75 returned to Montreux and was the highest placed choir in the mixed-voice category as well as being a Grand Prix Finalist. In its 40 year history, the choir has performed with several of Ireland’s leading ensembles, including the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. In 2008 and 2011, the choir presented the closing and opening concerts respectively of the East Cork Early Music Festival, followed by the highlight of 2014 when the choir was invited to present the atmospheric Evocations concert for the Cork International Choral Festival. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Madrigal ‘75, and to celebrate this occasion, the choir has a busy year of concerts planned as well as a tour to Europe later in the year. The choir is delighted to be performing the opening Concert of the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival. Since January 2007, Madrigal ‘75 has been directed by James Taylor, organist and harpsichordist, who, having held posts in the UK, New Zealand and Canada now lectures at CIT Cork School of Music. James has performed concerts in Canada and the USA, across Europe and New Zealand as well as participating in numerous television and radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist. His latest project is a recording of organ works on the newly restored organ in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The vocal ensemble Madrigal ‘75, together with Barry Douglas (piano), Alex Petcu-Colan (percussion), and the Chiral Quartet, are Artistsin- Residence to the CIT Cork School of Music.

Madrigal ‘75:

Sopranos: Aiveen Kearney, Deirdre Long, Eileen McMahon, Gemma Magner, Lorna Moore, Muirgen O’Mahony, Emma Power, Mary Shorten, Catalina Suarez, Veronica Tadman

Altos:Catherine Frost, Hilary Lennon, Claire McSweeney, Áine Ní Shé, Amy O’Connell

Tenors: Conor Brassil, Brian Callinan, Tim Fouhy, Aonghus Joyce, Mark Milford, Tomás Ó Drisceoil

Basses: Gordon Garde, Ben Jacob, Rob Kennedy, Frank McCann, Fearghal O’Connor, Robbie Pender


Cork Baroque Orchestra was set up as ‘resident band’ for East Cork Early Music Festival. Conceived as a response to the growing interest in historically inspired music performance, CBO provides a precious opportunity for Irish and Irish-based musicians to work with the world’s leading early music specialists, as part of a high-level, professional orchestra. CBO made its debut in 2013 (to great acclaim) with Finnish harpsichordist and conductor Aapo Hakkinen and; in 2014 one of the world’s foremost Baroque violinists, Elizabeth Wallfisch, led a programme of Vivaldi, Schmelzer, Telemann and a new work by the Clonakilty-based Justin  Grounds. According to the Irish Examiner the result was “…memorable for (its) energy, sense of phrasing, dynamic contrasts, and brilliance”.

Cork Baroque Orchestra:
Harpsichord & conductor: James Taylor
Violin 1: Claire Duff, Claire Fahy, Caitriona O’Mahony, Laure Giersch
Violin 2: Marja Gaynor, Aine O’Halloran, Sarah Walsh
Viola: Cian O’Duill, Lisa Dowdall
Cello: Aoife Nic Athlaoich, Eimear Reidy
Violone: Sarah Groser
Oboe: Diego Nadra
Trumpet: Vivienne Johnston


Bridget KnowlesMezzo-soprano Bridget Knowles studied at UCC, Cork School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the National Opera Studio, London. She has appeared as soloist on many top national and international stages including the  National Concert Hall, Dublin; the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and the Händel-Halle, Leipzig. She has performed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra; and has worked with conductors such as Charles Mackerras, William Christie, Alessandro Anissimov and Prionnsias O’Duinn. She is a lecturer in the Department of Creative and Performing Arts, WIT.


Deirdre Moynihan_Profile Image2Deirdre Moynihan’s CD of Vivaldi Cantatas was released by Naxos in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. Her voice was described as “unfailingly beautiful in tone” (International Record Review) and “perfectly suited to baroque music” (Music Web International). A second 2014 release, ‘From The Olive Tree’, with classical guitarist Alec O’ Leary, received praise for the  “striking clarity” of Deirdre’s vocal performance. She has sung as a soloist with, amongst others, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Crash Ensemble. 2014 included performances at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ardee Baroque and a series of concerts in Japan. 2015 includes performances with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra & RTÉ ConTempo quartet in addition to a recital at KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.  Deirdre holds an MA in Vocal Performance from the Cork School of Music. She is also the Programmes Manager for Music Network.






The individual movements performed are as follows.

1. Gloria in excelsis Deo
2. Et in terra pax
3. Laudamus te
4. Gratias agimus tibi
5. Propter magnum gloriam tuam
6. Domine Deus
7. Domine Fili unigenite
8. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
9. Qui tollis peccata mundi
10. Qui sedes
11. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
12. Cum Sancto Spiritu


1. Dixit Dominus
2. Virgam virtutis tuae
3. Tecum principium in die virtutis
4. Juravit Dominus
5. Tu es sacerdos in aeternum
6. Dominus a dextris tuis
7. De torrente in via bibet
8. Gloria Patri, et Filio