A source of great pride for all of Derry, the historic and culturally significant St Columb’s Hall was closed in March 2020. However, the hall has been given a modern renaissance, its former glory revived, and this December it’s throwing open its doors to Candlelight—the series of enchanting candlelit concerts that have wowed audiences around the UK and the world.
As hundreds of candles glow within the hall and illuminate its striking features, talented musicians will take to the stage to perform the music of classical greats as well as modern-day geniuses. Take a look below to see Derry’s first Candlelight concerts on Friday 16 December.
Portraying spring, summer, autumn and winter, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” describe landscapes and scenes, evoke feelings and emotions, and the seasons are rendered in such imaginative detail they bring forth memories without the need for words.
Autumn rises with revelry and breaks with the sound of dogs before winter blows its icy chill across the land and teeth chatter. Spring arrives with the trill of birds and a feast to welcome the warmer weather while summer is suffocating heat followed by a refreshing breeze. No matter how many times you have heard this masterpiece before, it never tires and always has the capacity to astound.
Audiences at St Columb’s Hall will be able to experience selections of the famous work interspersed with compositions by Piazzolla, Max Richter and Jules Massenet for an enchanting evening of narrative music.
Music in a movie not only glues the characters to the plot, but it pulls us in and has us feeling all the feels: the highs become more ecstatic, the lows more emotional and the drama becomes all too much. It is the rhythm and it is the flow. Music is the beating pulse.
Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer has said, “a great soundtrack is all about communicating with the audience” and it’s no surprise that his incredible scores have captured the imagination of cinephiles.
The setlist for Candlelight: Best of Hans Zimmer includes songs from movies such as Gladiator, The Lion King, Inception and Pirates of the Caribbean. Audiences will be able to relive memorable on-screen moments from films like Interstellar, The Holiday and Spirit among others.
From classical to world music, Ludovico Einaudi’s music covers all. After travelling the world’s best stages, the Italian composer’s music finally arrives in Derry. Let yourself be swept away by intimate evening surrounded by a sea of lights as a talented pianist plays Einaudi’s legendary compositions. Can you picture a more magical setting?
Enjoy some of his most famous works like I Giorni, inspired by his travels in Africa; Nuvole Bianche featured in the horror film Insidious, and the distinguishable Primavera from The Intouchable, among others.
Take yourself back to those treasured Christmas mornings when you were a kid and enjoy some of your Christmas favourites in a warm and relaxing ambience. Laugh to the beat of some of Home Alone‘s best tunes or fall back in love with Love Actually‘s music. There’s a song for everyone, even the little ones.
Just imagine a string quartet threading together, note by note, a melody that engulfs your senses as you sit in a majestic place in your best outfit. All while hundreds of sparkling lights surround you, and your favourite people, in a tight embrace that will make this experience a true Christmas miracle.
Candlelight invites everyone to relive the greatest works of music and immerse themselves in flickering light and stunning sound. St Columb’s Hall, which in its time has welcomed world-renowned figures including Roy Orbison and Ruby Murray as well as Emmeline Pankhurst who delivered a keynote speech at the Hall in 1910, continues the enchantment in Derry.
Candlelight attendees have said that the evenings are “a creative, enchanting, and new concert experience” and that “the performers were fantastic!” Don’t miss out on elevating the musical experience to new, dreamy heights and advancing St Columb’s Hall cultural importance into the future.