Down East Singers, Castlebay, David Myers, Jr. and Jennifer McIvor


Down East Singers, a choral group that enjoys changing its musical style each December, will collaborate with Castlebay, tenor soloist David Myers, Jr., and pianist Jennifer McIvor in a concert entitled “A Celtic Christmas” on Sunday, December 10 at 2 PM at the Rockport Opera House. Anthony Antolini of Cushing will conduct the concerts.

The performances are the result of a musical collaboration with Dr. Desmond Earley, Artistic Director of the Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin, Ireland. Prof. Earley has spent part of his sabbatical working with members of Down East Singers on pronunciation of the Irish language and the style and interpretation of Irish and Scottish music. Many of the pieces on the program are arrangements by Prof. Earley. Also on the program are Cornish and Welsh Christmas carols arranged by John Rutter and David Willcocks and works by Irish composers Charles Villiers Stanford, Michael McGlynn and Fiontán O’Cearbhaill. Vocal soloists include Meredith Batley and Emma Hallundbæk.

In addition to accompanying Down East Singers, Castlebay will perform seasonal music from Ireland and Scotland.

Tickets to the Rockport Opera House performance on December 10 are $20; free to those 18 and under (but they must have a ticket), and are available from chorus members, online at, by calling (207) 619-0413, or at the following retail outlets: The Grasshopper Shop (Rockland), and The Owl and Turtle Bookshop (Camden). If tickets remain, they will be available at the box office at 1 PM the day of the Rockport performance.

Prof. Desmond Earley gives thumbs up to Down East Singers’ Irish pronunciation.
Photo credit: Marti Stone