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25 January 2024, 11:06 | Updated: 25 January 2024, 11:31
A moment of beautiful choral singing, and Robbie Burns’ timeless message in music.
In complex times, music and poetry often have that unique ability to find a way of expressing what we feel.
One piece of music holds a spirit of acceptance and warmth like no other. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ has long been a song performed as a new year enters, with words that capture bittersweet reflection and a spirit of goodwill. It’s also a classic from Burns’ Night celebrations.
This beautiful performance from the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin holds something to cherish whenever its needed. Watch the video below, it’s sung so powerfully by the talented young singers.
The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’
The poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ captures two friends catching up over a drink or two, their friendship having been long and occasionally distant. The words were written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788.
The song’s famous title translates as ‘old long since’, or ‘for the sake of old times’ – in other words, looking back, as a way to look forward.
This performance was recorded in 2020, with the social distancing that was such a part of our lives until very recently. It was recorded around the time of the release of one of their recent albums of seasonal music.
May this wonderful message from the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin fill you with hope, thankfulness and a sense of togetherness for 2024 and beyond.