Be All Merry


The Choral Scholars is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir of gifted student singers led by founding Artistic Director, Dr. Desmond Earley, based at University College Dublin College of Arts & Humanities. Scholars come from various academic disciplines and commit to an intensive programme of choral study.

Be all Merry is one of three new pieces especially composed for the Choral Scholars. This lively carol for choir, orchestra and violin by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond evokes the joyful play of Christmas in the lines ‘Be all merry in this house/Exultet celum laudibus!’. The recording contains a remarkable setting of the Advent plainsong hymn Christe Redemptor Omnium for tenor solo, chorus, violin and violoncello by Ivo Antognini, crafted for Choral Scholars with the kind support of the Swiss Embassy in Dublin. The Adoration of the Magi by American composer Timothy Stephens is a breathtaking setting of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. A beautiful Irish-language lullaby – Cró na Nollag – set by father and son, Adhamhnán and Uinseann Mac Domhnaill, and the much-loved Scottish tune simply titled Suantraí, are also included. The Irish Chamber Orchestra are also featured on a number of tracks including The Wexford Carol and Carol of the Bells. The choir closes the album with the song most associated with friendship, hope and the promise of a new year, Auld Lang Syne.

The post-production phase of this recording project took place as the world grappled with the outbreak of COVID-19. American composer Linda Kachelmeier’s piece – We Toast the Days – serves as a reminder of the strength, love and hope that resonates throughout the world not simply at Christmastide but also during periods of hardship.


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UCD Choral Scholars

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Desmond Earley

Release date: August 2020

Catalogue code: SIGCD643

Barcode: 635212064320

1. In Dulci Jubilo – Matthew Culloton
2. Be All Merry – Eoghan Desmond
3. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – arr. John Høybye
4. Curoo Curoo – Elaine Agnew
5. The Adoration of the Magi – Tim Stephens, orch. Desmond
6. Suantraí – Fiontán Ó Cearbhaill
7. The Wexford Carol – arr. Desmond Earley

8. O Magnum Mysterium – Andrej Makor
9. Christe, Redemptor Omnium – Ivo Antognini
10. Cró na Nollag – Adhamhnán Mac Domhnaill
11. Carol of the Bells – Mykola Leontovych arr.
Desmond Earley
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Hugh Martin
arr. Desmond Earley
13. We Toast the Days – Linda Kachelmeier
14. Auld Lang Syne – arr. Desmond Earley

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