After its triumphant performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor in 2015, Chamber Choir Ireland makes an eagerly awaited return to the Festival under the baton of conductor Paul Hillier with a very different programme of spiritual music.

With a succession of masterpieces stretching back as far as the Middle Ages, the Russian Orthodox Church is home to one of the world’s great traditions of liturgical singing. This enticing concert explores that rich heritage through the work of great Russian composers, from Vasily Titov (leading exponent of the Moscow Baroque), to Stravinsky and Rachmaninov, whose celebrated Vespers are extracted here. This enthralling late-night programme offers a feast of choral music spanning four centuries of Russian sacred song.

rarely have I heard such a rich tonal blend from a 16-voice choir The Irish Times on Chamber Choir Ireland