In May 2012, the Vaasa International Choir Festival brought together 53 choirs from around the world in 66 concerts around the city. For its part, Oneness-Dream performed songs of Sri Chinmoy in 6 concerts in churches of Vaasa.
From Florence the choir travelled in giro around this most beautiful part of the world – to Lucca, Vince, Pisa… Once again it was intense – 31 concerts in 10 days, in tiny family chapels and huge ornate cathedrals, singing, singing, singing.
Also on the Island of Iona, the little chapel of St. Oran proved to have a marvellous acoustic. In the graveyard around it are the mortal remains of 48 kings of Scotland, 8 kings of Norway and 4 kings of Ireland.
PERFORMANCE 10 Tuesday 26th April 2.00pm St Anne’s Church (Shandon Bells), Cork, Co Cork, 18th Century Located in Cork city, St Anne’s Church, Shandon is a known landmark and is best known as Shandon Bells because of the ringing of its famous church bells. Visitors are invited to play these and we dutifully did, pulling […]
Oneness-Dream: International Goodwill Initiative Scotland Pilgrimage (6-14 September 2014) The inspiration for the Oneness-Dream tour came, naturally enough, from Sri Chinmoy. When I took on the challenge of organising it, my first thought was to follow the same path as the Iceland – most of the spiritually significant spiritual sites in Scotland are quite difficult […]
Pluscarden Abbey, in the Moray countryside, is the home of a community of Catholic Benedictine monks. It is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose. The monks sing Latin Mass and Gregorian chant daily, and they proved to be an appreciative audience for the singers.
PERFORMANCE 6 Monday 25th April 3.30pm Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, 12th Century Jerpoint Abbey has been a national monument since 1880. It is located just outside the beautiful village of Thomastown in Co. Kilkenny and was built in 1180 as a Cistercian Abbey by the King of Osraige on the site of an even […]
Oneness-Dream was fortunate enough to celebrate Ganesh Puja with the Hindu community in Glasgow. The temple used to be the recording venue for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and is situated in the west end of the city.
The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, ecovillage and international centre for holistic learning, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future. The community grows much of its own food and the singers had a wonderful lunch before singing to the community members. The community members then sang to […]
PERFORMANCES 4&5 Monday 25th April 10.30am & 11.30am Reefert Church and The Cathedral, Glendalough, Co Wicklow, 10th Century The monastery located in Glendalough (valley of the two lakes) is situated in the mountains of County Wicklow and was established in the 6th century by St Kevin. After St Kevin’s death around 618, the monastery in […]
The Choir visited the south-west corner of Scotland and sang on the site of the original church (Candida Casa) that St. Ninian built in around 500 CE. The singers also sang in the crypt of the nearby priory. From the church there are views of the Isle of Man, Cumbria and Norhern Ireland.
Following tours in recent years to the Churches of Iceland, the Temples of Myanmar, a choir festival in Vaasa and the sacred places of Scotland, the purpose of this April 2015 tour was to sing in The Spanish Missions of California. The Spanish colonised California in the 18th century by establishing a series of 21 […]
PERFORMANCE 8 Tuesday 26th April 9.00am Holy Cross Abbey, Holycross, Co Tipperary, 13th Century Set in a small village in the beautiful South Tipperary’s Golden Vale, The Holy Cross Abbey is a restored Cistercian monastery near Thurles, situated on the River Suir. It takes its name from a relic of the True Cross or Holy […]
Founded in 1967, the centre is situated in a peaceful valley on the banks of the river Esk. Kagyu Samye Ling is the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to be established in the west. After the concert the singers were shown round the temple by one of the monks.
Oneness-Dream was invited to sing in the historic Jesuit church of St Ignatius in the old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia on Thursday the 15th of January, 2015. The afternoon concert was attended by an appreciative audience of 160. The tracks here are a sample of the songs performed, recorded from the audience. Photos by Adarini […]
PERFORMANCE 13 Thursday 28th April 8.45am St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, Co Kerry, 19th Century St. Mary’s Cathedral (1842-1855) is considered to be one of the most important and best Gothic Revival churches of the nineteenth century in Ireland. The spire and nave were completed by the Irish Architects Ashlin and Coleman of Dublin. Masses are […]
Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 by William Saint Clair as a place of worship and services continue to be held there weekly. By the late 18th century its fame had spread and visitors came from far and wide. Its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code and […]
The choir sang in this modern Church of Scotland church on the south side of Glasgow. The minister, Iain Galloway, was Moderator of the Church of Scotland in 2003 and spoke out against the Iraq war.
PERFORMANCE 16 Friday 29th April 11.30am Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick, 20th Century Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery of the Congregation of the Annunciation located in Murroe, County Limerick. It is dedicated to Saint Joseph and Saint Columba. The abbey is located in and beside Glenstal Castle, a Normanesque castle built by the Barrington […]
In contrast, this light and airy building had only recently been refurbished and the singers enjoyed singing in these beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Clyde. The priest gave an inspiring welcome to the choir and confessed to being moved by the singing.