Ceiliuradh 150: A wonderful evening of Irish music at St. James Cathedral
Photography by Tom Sandler
In recognition of Canada 150, Ireland Park Foundation organised a musical evening with Irish composers, singers, and musicians named Ceiliuradh 150 last Thursday, November 9th at the Cathedral Church of St. James. We were delighted to welcome Odhrán O Casaide, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Maitiú O Casaide, Seathrún O Casaide, John Feeley, Mathilde Bosquillon de Jenlis, Lawrence Thackeray, Kathleen Ni Dhiarmada, David O Doherty and members of the Garda Band to perform for an audience of over 300 people that evening.
Odhrán O Casaide, one of Ireland’s most renowned composers, created several of the pieces that were performed, including “Canadian Wake.” Along with John Feeley, Ireland’s most prominent classical guitarist, members of University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and Sibéal Ní Chasaide, a charismatic young singer who has recently been signed to Universal Records, the group performed a mixture of both classical and traditional pieces for orchestra and choir. Audience feedback was extremely positive and we look forward to hosting Odhrán and Friends next year for the opening of Dr. George Robert Grasett Park.
We would like to thank Odhrán and all of the choir and orchestra for their incredible performances and dedication to making the concert a success. We would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Sheila Flanagan, who was instrumental in organizing this event. We also thank Providence House for collaborating with us to invite these musicians from Ireland to perform in Toronto, St. James Cathedral (particularly the Very Reverend Andrew Asbil, Rector of St. James Cathedral and Dean of Toronto and his staff), Biagio Ristorante and University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Finally, we would like to thank Culture Ireland and the Government of Ireland for sponsoring this wonderful event.