Bridge of Song - Madrigal 75 Vocal Ensemble (Director: James Taylor)

Bridge of Song - Madrigal 75 Vocal Ensemble (Director: James Taylor)

Date: 4th May 2013
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music



Madrigal '75 is a vocal ensemble based in Cork City and its repertoire ranges from early music to modern, both sacred and secular. Founded in 1975 by university students, the choir now comprises a diverse combination of singers from all walks of life.


Madrigal '75 has developed a reputation as a vocal ensemble of great skill and beauty, performing repertoire from as early as the 14th century right through to contemporary choral works including first performances of new commissions. In 2005 Madrigal '75 was a prominent participant in the Cork European Capital of Culture events and toured France as cultural ambassadors for the city.

Madrigal '75 is also the winner of the Carols for Christmas 2006 and 2012 competitions on RTE Lyric FM. Other successes include Best Choir at the Montreux Festival, several Best Performances and First Prize awards at successive Cork International Choral Festivals, and the Irish Choir of the Year award.

In 2013, Madrigal ’75 paid a return visit to Montreux and was the highest placed choir in the mixed-voice category.

The choir has performed with several of Ireland's leading ensembles, including the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. In 2008 and 2011 respectively, the choir presented the closing and opening concerts of the prestigious East Cork Early Music Festival.

Since January 2007, Madrigal '75 has been directed by James Taylor, organist and harpsichordist, who, having held posts in the UK, New Zealand and Canada, now lectures at CIT Cork School of Music and is Assistant Director of Music at St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork.


The programme for this concert includes a wonderful Nunc Dimittis by Lukaszewski, a Finnish folksong arranged by Veljo Tormis, as well as some gems like Stanford’s Beati quorum via and Whitacre’s Sleep.


Tickets (€10/€7) are available at the door before the concert.

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