Dublin Nights by Candlelight.

St. Andrews Parish Church illuminated by candlelight.

*Please note that this is not a paid review. This piece is not an ad. This piece is not sponsored in any way. I simply wanted to share an amazing experience. All opinions & thoughts shared below are my own. All photos shared have been taken my myself, with my own phone, they may not be shared without my written permission. Thank you.* 

I’ve said many times that I don’t talk about music often enough here on Katelovesliterature.com

I talk about musicals a lot, but I feel like I don’t express my love for classical music enough.

I studied music for years & I really enjoy listening to classical music. I am particularly fond of the strings. 

I listen to classical music fairly often. I like to have it playing quietly in the background while I’m writing or while I’m getting ready, or organising things etc. For any students who may be reading, here is a top study tip. Listening to classical music is actually extremely beneficial when you’re studying. It is less distracting because there’s no words & research has proven that classical music helps you relax & it also helps your memory. So if you’re studying, try throwing on some strings next time. This tip is extra helpful if you’re studying music. You’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll start to understand the music pieces that you’re studying if you listen to them often enough. You’ll start to hear the things that the theory talks about. 

Last Friday night I was so thrilled because I was finally going to a candlelight concert. 

I had seen these events so often on social media, I had heard they were fantastic, I have been wanting to go to one for the longest time & so when I finally bought tickets I was so excited. 

The concert took place in St. Andrews Parish Church in Dublin & I have to take a moment to say that if you ever get the opportunity to listen to a concert in a church, don’t miss it. Reverberation tends to be longer in churches because many churches have stone walls & this means that a powerful, beautifully rich sound is able to travel around the space. It was a gorgeous venue & I cannot express how stunning the place looked fully illuminated by candlelight. 

I love the pictures that I took & I believe that I got some lovely shots, but no picture can do this justice. 

The thing that makes these concerts so special (aside from the amazing music) is the decor. There are candles everywhere. I cannot imagine how long it must have taken to get the venue set up so I want to take a moment to say bravo & thank you to everyone who worked behind-the-scenes to make the place so beautiful.

The atmosphere was rich, beautiful, & romantic & the experience felt luxurious even though the tickets are extremely reasonably priced. €26 to see a string quartet in a beautiful, candlelit venue? That is a steal! 

I think it is amazing when events like this are more affordable & I believe the starting price for these concerts is €19. So if you want an excellent night out in Dublin be sure to check out one of these concerts. 

There are themed nights so if there is a specific artist that you’re a fan of, you might just find your dream theme if you take a look. We decided to go on Friday because it was a tribute to The Beatles & we thought that a night of The Beatles music played by a quartet would be fantastic. We were right. Every song was fantastic & it was so much fun to hear songs we knew & loved so well being played on classical instruments. 

I have to take a moment to appreciate the amazing musicians. Bravo to the Avoca String Quartet. This group is Ireland’s Premiere String Quartet. I have so much respect & admiration for musicians. The work they put in, the talent that they have, the passion for music that shines through when they play is so impressive & it is so lovely to see. If you get the chance to hear the Avoca String Quartet play, you have to hear them You’ll have an incredible time. 

I’m so happy that I finally went to see my first Candlelight Concert & it definitely will not be the last. 

A ball was had. It was a dreamy night filled with wonderful music. I’ve also decided that while the entire concert was wonderful, my favourite song was Across the Universe. I’d highly recommend listing to this song on the strings. 

Follow me on Instagram @katelovesliterature if you don’t already. You’ll see some of my literary inspired adventures & you’ll get updates about what is to come on Katelovesliterature.com. 

I’m also sharing the social links of the Avoca String Quartet & the Candlelight Concert below. 

Be sure to check them out! 

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