“On behalf of New Dublin Voices, welcome to our fourth CD: Make We Merry.
As an Irish choir we are incredibly proud that the eighteen brilliant Christmas carols, hymns and songs presented here have all been written or arranged by Irish composers. Exploring and supporting Irish music is something that New Dublin Voices always does, but we are hoping that doing it on a CD for Christmas – the time of year when the public appetite for listening to choirs is at its peak – will really help to bring these composers and their wonderful music to an even wider audience. There are old favourites here, some in fresh new settings, as well as pieces that are wholly new. All but two are products of the 21st century, ten are settings of medieval texts, and thirteen are premiere recordings. All will appeal in ways that either embrace belief or transcend it, all are worth listening to again and again.
This was the first New Dublin Voices project to be aided by a fund:it campaign. We were thrilled by the response we had and are extremely thankful for the generous support from our 85 contributors. Without that support this CD would not have been possible. Enjoy the music!”
Recorded at Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin 15 on 7-8 January and 2 September 2017
Recording engineer: Brian Masterson
Producers: Mark Armstrong, Bernie Sherlock
CD production: Monotype
Design: Tony Haddon