Press Release Tuesday April 17th 2018
Pro Cathedral to host unique concert with the boys of the Palestrina & the Escolanía
St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin will this week host a unique joint concert of two renowned boys’ choirs when the Palestrina, the boys’ Choir of the Pro Cathedral, will join with the Escolanía de Montserrat. The Escolanía belongs to the Monastery of Montserrat and is one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe.
Known simply as Escolanía, this is a boys’ choir of sopranos and altos based at the Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat near Barcelona, Catalonia, in Spain. When the repertory requires it, the Montserrat Chapel Choir, composed of former choirboys and the monks of the Ministry Chapel Choir, accompanies them.
The Embassy of Spain, the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Benedictine Abbey of Glenstal in Limerick are facilitating the visit of the Escolanía to Ireland this week. In Glenstal the Choir enjoyed a cultural exchange with the boarding students of the Abbey and were in concert in the Redemptorist Church in Limerick.
The Escolonía de Monsterrat has performed extensively abroad, having visited the United States, Russia, Poland, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium and Italy. This is their first visit to Ireland.
The joint concert with the Boys of the Palestrina Choir, directed by Blánaid Murphy, and the Escolonía de Monsterrat will take place in the Pro Cathedral at 8pm this Thursday evening (19th). Admission is free. ENDS