Embassy of Ireland review, April 2014
Yesterday evening I opened a concert in Lausanne commemorating Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf. The group, Tale of the Gael, a predominantly Irish group, though with members based in both Switzerland and Ireland, is well known to this Embassy and played to a very high standard. The musical programme was varied and mixed with interesting information on Brian Boru, the battle and Irish/Norse customs of the time.
The group travels and plays across Europe, so I thought it might be useful to colleagues in to share the information about entertaining and informative cultural programmes this group regularly presents in case any of you are wish to host something similar in the future.
Contact details below… etc
› Justin Dolan | Embassy of Ireland | Kirchenfeldstrasse 68 | P.O. Box | 3000 Bern 6 | Switzerland !+41 31 352 14 42 | “+41 31 352 14 55 | # [email protected] | $ www.embassyofireland.ch
Just to let you know we really enjoyed your concert. You did a great job and it was obviously a great success for you.
Hope Basel went as well for you as Zurich. It would have been difficult to beat it.
D. Zosso, Zurich
..from our perspective it went down a treat and for those in my group that had never heard an Irish harp or for that matter Irish traditional music they were impressed. We all had a wonderful evening and the music was well suited to the acoustics of the venue. The CDs are great too, some really nice arrangements..
Grob-Nettleton Family, St. Gallen
Your concert was so fantastic that words couldn’t describe how enjoyable it was. You can all be so proud of your marvellous performance. It was a very special evening with so many meaningful and sincere moments.
The little girls were so adorable. L.Douse, Zurich
Das Konzert gestern Abend hat mir sehr gut gefallen – es erinnerte mich teilweise auch an Riverdance, welches ich vor Jahren gesehen habe. Ich spürte auch die Fröhlichkeit der Menschen auf der grünen Insel, die sich in der Musik und im Tanz ausdrückt. Fast hätte man am liebsten gleich selber mitgetanzt. Ich fand, die einzelnen Stücke gut gewählt – von langsam und relaxing bis zu temperamentvoll und lebendig.
…We enjoyed it all very much. Congratulation to all the band members. Your choice of carols and tunes and your
mixture of jigs, reels and airs and even storytelling
was excellent…..I loved the storytelling bit …
W. Lucas, Basle
We enjoyed and admired a lot your wonderful concert and Christmas charol-singing Thursday evening ,Dec.,3rd,in ZH, Prediger-Kirche.
Thanks a lot for this wonderful gift for Advent,to all of you,especially also to your two lovely girls.
We went home with a strong inspiration of Irish advent,
C. Holm, Zurich