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Rediscover Christ Church Cathedral at the festive heart of the Old City, Temple Bar


This Christmas we invite you to rediscover Christ Church Cathedral in its role at the festive heart of the  the Old City, Temple Bar. There is something for everyone from concerts to Christmas markets to the cosy new Foxy Friars café, carol services to Santa’s grotto and not forgetting the beautiful, inspiring building itself. Everyone is most warmly welcome to come and celebrate Christmas 2010 in style!

Santa’s Grotto is in the cathedral, a very special place where  children can visit Santa, tell him what they have been doing all year and select a surprise gift. Storytelling and carol singing will
all be part of the Santa experience.

Dates & Times
11th December: 10am—5pm
18th December: 10am—5pm

Tickets to see Santa are priced at:

  • One child & one adult: €15 (additional adults €6 each)
  • Two children & one adult: €20 (additional adults €6 each)
  • Family ticket of 2 adults and up to 3 children under 12: €30
  • Ticket includes visit to Santa, gift and access to the Christmas market, as well as entry to the Cathedral.
  • Photographs of a visit to Santa will be available at an extra charge.
  • Entry to Cathedral and Christmas Market is €6 (adult) and €3 (concession).

Carol Services:
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by attending one of our traditional carol services, where beautiful voices blend with stunning architecture to create an unmissable yuletide experience. The Service of Five Lessons and Carols is free but arrive early to avoid disappointment. The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is also free, but ticketed – apply to the cathedral enclosing a SAE for free tickets.

  • 19th Dec at 3.30pm – Service of Five Lessons and Carols
  • 20th Dec Services at 8.00pm – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christ Church Christmas Market 2010
The remaining dates for the market in December are:
Saturday 4th/11th/18th December, trading hours 10am-5pm

For further details on events at Christ Church Cathedral log on to www.cccdub.ie

Laughing in melismas…

The Hallelujah Chorus still has the ability to raise the hairs on the back of the neck, as the audience in Christ Church Cathedral discovered last night. The Orchestra of St. Cecilia along with the Cathedral Choir gave a professional performance of Handel’s famous oratorio to a sell-out audience of 500 people. Performing all three sections of the work, the choir and soloists Deboragh Abbott, Duncan Brickenden, Peter Davoren and Philip O’Reilly captivated the audience in this festival highlight. Read about the performance on Aisling Ryan’s blog.

Another chance to win Dublin Handel Festival tickets!

The Dublin Handel Festival has launched and tickets are selling fast.  Christ Church Cathedral and Temple Bar Cultural Trust have 2 tickets to give away to one lucky winner for The David Rees-Williams Trio at Christ Church Cathedral this Friday April 17th at 8pm.

David Rees-Williams, described as the ‘British Jacques Loussier’ on piano, Phil Laslett on drums and Neil Francis on bass guitar, this remarkable Trio brings a unique freshness to classical repertoire through improvisation and superb musicianship.  With mesmerizing jazz interpretations of baroque, jazz and popular classics, their programme includes music that spans from the era of Buxtehude to the 20th century.  Taking place at one of the most beautiful and historical buildings in the city this promises to be an entertaining night for all.

EDIT: Competition is now closed and winners have been contacted.

Unique tributes to Handel at the birth-place of Messiah

Well, almost. Neal’s Music Hall doesn’t exist any more, but the choir that sang in the first performance of Messiah is the same.

The year is 1742 and, at Neal’s Music Hall in Fishamble Street, the choristers of Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral are warming up for the first performance of a brand new piece of music. This cutting-edge composition is the latest offering from the pen of George Frederick Handel and has aroused such interest from Dubliners that ladies have been asked to attend without hoops in their skirts and gentlemen without their swords.

Fast-forward 250 years to find the successors to the first performers paying tribute to the great Mr Handel by performing Messiah in the glorious surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral. Thankfully, there’s a bit more space at Christ Church than there was in Neal’s Music Hall, so patrons need not worry about hoops or swords. Thursday 16 April 2009. 7.30pm. Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

What was, 250 years ago, a ‘brand-new’ and unknown piece of music has become, arguably, the most famous piece of choral music ever written. In this anniversary year, Christ Church Cathedral is celebrating the new by combining Handel with Jazz – an art-form that didn’t even exist in Handel’s time! For a completely different take on Halleluiah, the David Rees-Williams Trio will perform a programme that unites the best of classical music with Jazz. What better way to celebrate the 250th anniversary of a composer who wasn’t afraid to push boundaries? Friday 17 April 2009. 8.00pm. Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

Peter Parshall, Music Development Office, Christ Church Cathedral

Click here for more details on the Dublin Handel Festival.