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Christmas by Candlelight

13th December 2019


Performance Ends 10:20pm

At The National Opera House, Wexford

Box Office: +353 (0)53 914 2144 or 1850 4 opera
Open from 9:30-5:30 Monday-Saturday Only

LYRIC OPERA brings the event of the season to the National Opera House – CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT. Presenting the most magnificent seasonal music with the world renowned PALESTRINA CHOIR, rising star of Irish opera RACHEL CROASH, and Ireland’s leading brass ensemble DUBLIN BRASS.

Artistic Director VIVIAN J. COATES creates this beautiful event, an evening of choral and musical joy, in an evocative candle-lit setting. Enjoy an array of Christmas carols – from the much loved to the lesser known – in a spectacular musical event which is not to be missed.

The music in this concert will be sung in Modern and Medieval English, Latin, Irish, and Ukrainian.

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Style of the Evening

This lavish evening will be a joyful and perfect way to celebrate the Spirit of Christmas through the glorious seasonal music from around the world. Christmas is a time of joy and peace, a time to be with friends and family. This special season bears witness to an extraordinary event in the Christian calendar where we commemorate with music and carols through the angelic voices of the PRO-Cathedral choristers – The Palestrina Choir, the triumphant brass ensemble and star soprano, well known to Wexford audiences through the Opera Festival – Rachel Croash.

Lyric Opera has always been renowned for its acute detail in presenting something special – more than just an ordinary concert. Visually – it must be a feast for the eyes not just for the ears. No company presents concerts like Lyric Opera… especially at Christmas.

Cast & Creatives

Vivian J. Coates


Blanaid Murphy


Rachel Croash


Dublin Brass

Palestrina Choir

  • The Palestrina Choir


    Joy to the World

    arr. Mark Wilberg

    Ding Dong

    arr. Wilberg

    Sussex Carol

    arr. David Mooney




    The First Nowell

    David Willcocks


    Boys of the Palestrina Choir


    Ceremony of Carols:

    Benjamin Britten

    This Little Babe




    soloist: David Smith


    Deo Gracias


    The Palestrina Choir


    Wexford Carol

    arr. Conor O’Reilly

    Shepherd’s Farewell

    Hector Berlioz

    In Dulci Jubilo

    arr. R.L. Pearsall


    Rachel solos TBD


    The Palestrina Choir and Rachel


    In the Bleak Mid-Winter

    Harold Darke

    Soloists: Rachel and Shane Barriscale


    Suantraí ár Slánaitheora

    Fintan O’Carroll

       Soloist: Rachel


    Bogoróditse Djévo

    Arvo Pärt


    arr. David Hill



    Adeste Fideles

    David Willcocks



  • The Palestrina Choir


    Adam lay y bounden

    Boris Ord

    Good King Wenceslas

    arr. Bob Chilcott


    arr. David Hill




    God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

    David Willcocks


    Rachel solo



    The Palestrina Choir


    Lullay, My Liking

    Rhona Clarke

    Silent Night

    arr. Chilcott

    O Holy Night

    Adolphe Adam

       Soloist: Rachel


    Dubln Brass


    Angels We have heard on high


    The Palestrina Choir


    Walking in the air (Boys)

    Howard Blake

    Ring Christmas Bells

    Peter J. Wilhousky

    The Twelve Days of Christmas

    John Rutter




    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

    David Willcocks




    We Wish You A Merry Christmas

    arr. Chilcott