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Anuna (Holiday)

Irish composer and choral director Michael McGlynn formed the chamber choir Anúna in Dublin in 1987 with the intent that it would unite the discipline of classical choral singing with the unaffected spontaneity typical of Irish folksinging. Until 1991 the group was named An Uaithne, which comes from the collective term for three types of traditional Irish song: lullaby, happy song, and lament. Its earliest repertoire was made up primarily of music from the 11th through the 16th centuries, but it has broadened considerably to include traditional songs of Irish, English, Welsh, French, and Cajun origins; Baroque polyphony; contemporary classical works; crossover collaborations with pop stars; and arrangements and original compositions by McGlynn.

Anúna came to international attention through its performance in Riverdance in 1995, and has tended to be linked to the show in the popular imagination, although its actual involvement in Riverdance was not large and the music used was not characteristic of the choir's usual work. Anúna typically performs with 12 to 14 members singing a cappella with no conductor, in costumes, and using candlelight. It has performed at Dublin's National Concert Hall, the World Festival of Sacred Music, the BBC Proms, and the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, and has toured 20 countries worldwide. The choir has performed in the premieres of works like McGlynn's Celtic Mass and Philip Hammond's Requiem for the Lost Souls of the Titanic.

The group's recordings reflect the diversity of its repertoire and its flexibility in working in a variety of genres. Besides its work on Riverdance, Anúna has collaborated with popular artists such as the Chieftains, Clannad, the Wiggles, and Elvis Costello, and is featured on the soundtrack of the video game Diablo III. Albums such as Invocation (1994/2002), Deep Dead Blue, which was nominated for a Classical Brit Award (1999), Sensation (2006), and Sanctus (2009) feature the group's characteristic concert repertoire, much of it composed or arranged by McGlynn, as does the 2009 DVD Invocations of Ireland. Holiday albums include Winter Songs (2002), Christmas Memories (2008), and Christmas with Anúna (2011).

In 2009, Anúna initiated an outreach program featuring choral workshops that have been held in Dublin, Poland, Sweden, Japan, and the Netherlands. In 2010 it officially changed its name to Anúna, Ireland's National Choir. The choir celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012 with the release of the album Illumination. ~ Stephen Eddins
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Cosy. Bsinsexmuva. Vdxw
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That's absolutely beautiful.
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Alleluia!
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I love Anuna. We saw them at a park when we were in Ireland a couple of years ago.
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One word = Beautiful. All praise and glory to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
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That was wonderful.
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mlmarotta7
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
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True Jen.very true:(worst song @ pandora
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simply beautiful
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real christmas music that honors the birth of Jesus
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mattsegel
You said it. Jesus is the reason for the season. ¡ ¡
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rpesavento4
This season is my favorite as it celebrates so many different things for so many different folk. Enjoy your special customs and have a Happy Holiday.
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Celebrating the birth of JESUS CHRIST is wonderful, thank you, have a beautiful holidays,
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Yes I agree with all of y'all Christmas is a beautiful holiday and a special season to celebrate the birth of jesus Christ
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 different songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
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thesarics
So beautiful... helps me remember the real reason for Christmas!! Jesus the Saviour's birth!!
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kfitzgibbon0
Voices of angels. This is what heaven must sound like!
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Beautiful...
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juliajean17
puri formosis
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Heavenly trip to bliss on this angel voice.
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Purchased a CD of Anuna years ago while in Ireland. Liked them and still do!
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beautiful voices, wonderful recording. thank you to all
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love these guy's, reminds me when I sang in college
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Really beautiful
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jaime.manwan i
Which Artist? The singer or the photographer ?
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jaime.manwan i
Love this group! Heavenly.
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Wow - who is this? They are transcendent !
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Dec 10 2010 and the living room is ringing with the sounds of Christmas songs...
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A bit of heaven; an unexpected joy.
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Wonderful; a zillion stars. The voices blend effortlessly - - t h i s must be the music of heaven!
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heather.n.ma t h e w s
Every year I hear this as a holiday song and love it. So beautiful!
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janice170
Absolutely lovely. This is how choral works should be - celebrating not only the words, but the music itself, the power of chords and the beauty of the human voice.
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fantastic and refreshing
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mjscarb
lovely!
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Wow. This cut "Pie Jesu" is just about as gorgeous as it gets. Those suspended chords.... wow. Will go on my wish list for my choir.
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Reminded me of how wonderful it is to sing in a choir! Truly lovely! :-D
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Out of this world. We listen to them all year round.Would like to see them do something else!
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Add their "Christmas Memories" CD!
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Anuna is a holiday Fav!
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Incredibly beautiful! Thank you!
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Beautiful music, thank you
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away in a manger is lovely, thank you, thankyou
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c.l.lindstro m
Beautiful songs, ethereal sound and impeccable technique. Absolutely divine.
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The harmonies they choose to use are very unique and appealing. Amazing tonal quality. Extremely pleasing and intriguing.
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pure heaven
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a calm, soothing antidote to the mayhem that all too often characterize s the holiday season
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beautiful
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Gorgeous! Very soothing to listen to.
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