Mornington Singers: Natural History

15 June 2024 18:00

St Bartholomew's Church

Mornington Singers and conductor, Orla Flanagan, are thrilled to present their summer concert, Natural History, at 6pm on Saturday 15th June in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road.

Natural History is a choral exploration of the wonders, questions, and capabilities of the natural world. Join us as we discover the beauty of flora and fauna, the awe of the universe, and the triumphs and trials of love.

The programme includes music by Roxanna Panufnik, Stanford, Elgar, Alfvén, and Vaughan Williams, as well as the Irish premiere of the astonishing and moving 'Alouette Meets her Maker' by Chris Sivak.

As always, we are so delighted to also be performing music by living Irish composers. Eoghan Desmond’s 'I Am' is a fiery, powerful piece which observes reflections on the Holy Spirit by medieval composer, Hildegard de Bingen. In the composer’s own words, they have “collaborated on the text across the ages.”

Laura Sheils’s 'The Daffodils' sets the iconic William Wordsworth poem in a warm, playful manner, reflecting the peace and tranquillity expressed by the poet at the sight of the dancing flowers. Our performance on the 15th of June will be a world premiere.

Finally, Emma O’Halloran’s 'Natural History', from which our concert title is taken, celebrates thousands of species of birds, reptiles, and other animals. The composer reminds us that “we’re a part of this natural world, too, and it’s something we should fight for.”

We hope you can join us!


Aftonen - Hugo Alfvén (1872–1960)

The daffodils - Laura Sheils (b. 1995)

The bee - Frank Bridge (1879–1941)

Celestial bird - Roxanna Panufnik (b. 1968)

The turtle dove - Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

Natural history - Emma O’Halloran (b. 1985)

Alouette meets her maker - Chris Sivak (b. 1982)

I am - Eoghan Desmond (b. 1989)

God and the universe - Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)

O wild West Wind - Edward Elgar (1857–1934)


€10-15. Online ticket sales available from Eventbrite, onling booking will close at 4pm on the day of the concert; any remaining tickets will be sold on the door.

Doors open at 5.30pm and the concert starts at 6.00pm.


St Bartholomew's Church

Clyde Road
Dublin 4