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The Call

July 23rd, 2018 Posted by About Us, Choristers, Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, News 0 thoughts on “The Call”


“Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life: Such a Way, as gives us breath”:….the flowing lyrics of the Ralph Vaughan Williams ‘The Call’ performed in the accompanying  videoclip by Dennehy’s Cross Church choir under musical Director Richard Rudkins.

This beautiful piece is one of four poems (one in two parts) by Anglican Priest George Herbert (1593-1633) and set to music by Vaughan Williams under the title ‘Five Mystical Songs’. Originally scored for Baritone voice, the choir’s version is with SATB arrangement by Richard Rudkins.




Malaga September 2018

July 23rd, 2018 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Malaga September 2018”

On the 28th of September the choir’s biennial trip abroad takes the members to the Spanish city of Malaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol. Malaga airport is the gateway for the well known sun resorts of Marbella,Torrremolinos, Nerga and Benalmedina and possibly as a consequence of this the city and surrounds are often seen as just another sun hot spot; however nothing could be further from the truth as Malaga has more than 3,000 years of history, indeed it is one of the oldest cities in the world – founded in 770 BC by the Phoenicians – inhabitants of Canaan ( also known as Phoenicia)  located in present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel. (more…)

Choral Festival Exchange Programme

April 15th, 2018 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Choral Festival Exchange Programme”

Sunday the 15th April and the choir headed off to St. Joseph’s SMA Church Blackrock to sing at the 12 noon Mass as part of the Cork Choral Festival Exchange programme.

It was the first time in a long time that the choir had participated in the exchange programme so it was a fairly new challenge to adapt to strange surroundings,

But everyone of the group rose to the occasion and it was so gratifying to hear a member of the congregation remark after Mass ‘that it was a beautiful big sound that really enhanced our Liturgy’

It was a homecoming of sorts for Richard our Musical Director who held a similar position with  St. Joseph’s choir for a number of years. He set out a challenging programme for his return:

Ent- Thine be the Glory…..Handel

off –  The Calll….Vaughan Williams ( SATB… Richard Rudkins)

Mass Parts – Christ the King Mass…. Patrick Killeen

Lamb of God – Dona Nobis…Mary Lynn Lightfoot

Com – Ave Verum..Mozart

A Clare Benediction…John Rutter

Rec – Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer… John Hughes.

Our sincere thanks to Fr. Alphonse Sekongo and the congregation at St. Joseph’s for their very warm welcome and generous applause at the end of Mass.






Easter 2018

April 1st, 2018 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Easter 2018”

This is a challenging time for the choir with such a diversity of music to be sung at the various ceremonies: I heard the voice of Jesus say – Vaughan Williams,  Stabat Mater, The Crown of Roses – P.I. Tchaikovsky, How deep the Silence – Thomas Tallis ( adapted by Richard Rudkins),  Gloria – Vivaldi,  The Call – Vaughan Williams,  Thine be the Glory – Handel,  just to mention a few.  It’s a tough few weeks for everyone involved but it’s rewarding to perform these pieces to a good standard and help to make the beautiful ceremonies of Easter Week more meaningful for the attending congregations….

To everyone who contributed to making it such a successful Triduum, to Choir members and followers of Dennehy’s Cross Website …….

Sanctus for our Lenten 10.30am Sunday Mass, Dennehy’s Cross

February 19th, 2018 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Sanctus for our Lenten 10.30am Sunday Mass, Dennehy’s Cross”