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Irish choral music has little history before the latter part of the twentieth century. This is somewhat understandable for a country often subjugated, but with such a strong indigenous musical identity of its own. In 1987 Dublin composer Michael McGlynn founded ANÚNA, Ireland’s National Choir. Much of the group’s repertoire explores the relationship between traditional choral ideas in combination with the musical heritage of McGlynn’s native land. The choir’s name, originally An Uaithne, derives from the collective term for the three ancient types of Irish music, Suantraí (lullaby), Geantraí (happy song) and Goltraí (lament). They have, over the last quarter century, created a unique choral voice for Ireland, receiving wide accoladed for the originality of their performances, recordings and the natural quality of their vocal production.

Concerts feature a compelling combination of movement, elegant costume and candles with ethereal and haunting music sung in the choir’s own unique way. Their material is written or arranged for the group by Michael McGlynn, and includes reconstructions of early and medieval Irish music. Anúna sing unaccompanied and without conductor, with between twelve and fourteen singers in any performance.

Their flexibility as an ensemble, combined with their application of specific choral techniques, has allowed them to slip easily between musical genres. While the choir have appeared twice at the Fes World Sacred Music Festival in Morocco, given the first ever Irish Prom at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and appeared at the world-renowned Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, they were also featured artists with Riverdance from 1994 to 1996, gaining a top-ten single in the U.


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    Trying to make more stuff available for people to listen to... hope we can make this work :-)

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    "..." doom...metal? Someone having a bit of fun here? o . O

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  • DTTscanner

    It looks like an organized Christian bash to me. I'd like to point out that both England and Ireland have both been Christian since the Middle Ages. It would be difficult to find "ancient" music that predates this, no matter how hard you try. Even if the lyrics are about their Celtic roots, it doesn't mean that they are pagan by religion. I liked the movie "Thor." That doesn't make me a Norse believer. I just enjoy mythology. Saying you don't like Anuna because some of the music has Christian origin is like saying "I like sitar music -- too bad the musicians are Hindu." It's just an ignorant thing to say. Since I'm a Christian, I would be glad if it were actually true that they are Christian. I have sung in enough choirs to know that singing Christian music doesn't make you a Christian -- it just makes you someone who appreciates classical music. (Most classical European music was written by and for Christians.) Get over it.

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • anuna

    To bad they are Christian? What kind of rubbish is that? It just so happens that Anúna don't represent any form of Christianity at all. How sad that there are people out there who are more interested in the labels that people wear rather than what kind of people they are...

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Toki-Akane-Yuki

    I love their Gaelic songs, too bad they're christian [3]

    14 May 2012 Reply
  • Shinju-PD

    I love their Gaelic songs, too bad they're christian [2]

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
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  • creaty

    Очень моя музыка

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  • PaganRoots

    I love their Gaelic songs, too bad they're christian

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Hard to know what to say about them and their sound. I think that bodes well; it makes me interested in hearing them more.

    23 Sep 2011 Reply

    Maravillosa musica...!

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • melanie-mel

    Bonjour, J'ai eu l'occasion de découvrir Anuna il y a qques temps et j'apprécie bcp... C'est vraiment une très belle musique... Qq'un saurait-il me dire s'ils seront en représentation en Belgique?

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
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    Lindo Blessed Be

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  • TalentedZombie

    beautiful music.

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  • Maxilorve

    Beautiful :)

    25 Apr 2010 Reply
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    'sup with all the metal tags?

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