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Raising the roof at St George’s

Known to many as Handel’s church, St George’s in Hanover Square in the heart of the West End
provided a fitting venue for the latest in Irish Heritage’s “Christmas by Candlelight” concerts on Wednesday evening, 19 th December.

The great composer would have been impressed to see and hear the largest audience to attend the popular event enthusiastically joining in carol singing and enjoying the performances of performers and readers.

The guests of honour on the evening were His Excellency, the Ambassador of Ireland, Adrian O’Neill and his wife Aisling.

An eclectic programme of seasonal music and readings was professionally delivered by mezzo
soprano Jessica Costelloe, tenor Jamie Rock and the Arb Ensemble led by its Director Jonathan Darbourne. The organ and piano accompanist was Tracy Symon.

Readings were given by the Ambassador who chose a poem “Nativity” by Sinead Morrisey and an extract from a memoir by Gabriel Byrne, Angela Brady OBE who read Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” and Petroc Trelawny from BBC Radio 3 who read “A Christmas Childhood” by Patrick Kavanagh.

A post-concert reception provided an opportunity for the artists and audience to mingle and enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer.

Pictured (left to right) are: Petroc Trelawny, Angela Brady OBE, HE Ambassador O’Neill and Seamus McGarry (Patron of Irish Heritage).
Pictured (left to right) are: Petroc Trelawny, Angela Brady OBE, HE Ambassador O’Neill and Seamus McGarry (Patron of Irish Heritage).
Pictured (left to right) are: Michael Alen-Buckley (Patron of Irish Heritage), HE Ambassador O’Neill, Jessica Costelloe, Aisling O’Neill and Jonathan Darbourne (Director of the Arb Ensemble).
Pictured (left to right) are: Michael Alen-Buckley (Patron of Irish Heritage), HE Ambassador O’Neill, Jessica Costelloe, Aisling O’Neill and Jonathan Darbourne (Director of the Arb Ensemble).
Pictured (left to right) are: Petroc Trelawny, Angela Brady OBE, HE Ambassador O’Neill and Patrick Lennon (Chairman of Irish Heritage).
Pictured (left to right) are: Petroc Trelawny, Angela Brady OBE, HE Ambassador O’Neill and Patrick Lennon (Chairman of Irish Heritage).
Pictured in St George’s are (left to right): Audrey McKenna (Irish Heritage Artistic Adviser-Ireland), Jessica Costelloe, Angela Brady OBE, Aisling O’Neill and Petroc Trelawny.
Pictured in St George’s are (left to right): Audrey McKenna (Irish Heritage Artistic Adviser-Ireland), Jessica Costelloe, Angela Brady OBE, Aisling O’Neill and Petroc Trelawny.