An Uaithne founded by Michael McGlynn in Dublin. First performance, September in Trinity College Dublin, including works by Machaut and Dufay. First Television performance was an arrangement of the traditional song Máire Bhruinneal on RTÉ TV [Irish National broadcaster] as guests on the Bibi Show.
Radio broadcast on RTÉ Radio of Early music including St. Godric Hymns Crist & St. Marie and St Nicholas and works by Hildegard of Bingen. Performance of Early and Renaissance music with consort in Trinity College Dublin.
Second place in the International competition at the Cork Choral Festival. Premiére of Patrick Cassidy's Children of Lir at the National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. First album recorded and released on cassette, An Uaithne.
Major concert of Irish vocal music at Dublin's Project Arts Centre includes The Rising of the Sun a specially commissioned work. Premiére of O'Malley Mass aka The Celtic Mass by Michael McGlynn. Performances of Purcell's Ode to St. Cecilia and Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia, works by Irish composers and John Tavener. Sang Mysterious Ways by U2 on Grafton Street with John McGlynn on guitar. First recordings in Windmill Lane Studios.
Live performances with Irish artists as guests - these include Jimmy MacCarthy, Mairéad Nesbitt, Declan Masterson, Nóirín Ní Ríain and Ronan Browne. Began recording first demos at Lansdowne Studios and The Tunnel. Recorded the soundtrack for the Sullivan/Bluth animated classic Thumbelina, performing music written by Barry Manilow. Recorded with Sting for the track Mo Ghille Mear as guests of the Chieftains. Became ANÚNA
April release of first CD entitled ANÚNA. Recorded Media Vita, Fionnghuala, Sciathlúireach Muire for BBC TV The Hungry Eye. Premiére of Bill Whelan's cantata The Spirit of Mayo at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and Castlebar with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Abortive recording of the album Invocation.
First international performance at Mayfest, Glasgow. Riverdance broadcast as part of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, Dublin. Performed "The Rising of the Sun" with Jean Butler, Peppercanister Church. Recorded Silent Night for BBC "Songs of Praise" from Belfast, and performed Riverdance at The Royal Variety Performance in London. Release of Invocation in August. Release of Winter, Fire and Snow EP. Riverdance single spends 18 weeks at top of Irish charts and goes top 10 in the U.K. Singles Chart. Win an Irish National Entertainment Award for Classical music. Recorded composer Robert Boyle's soundtrack to the Discovery Channel's Nile : River of Gods documentary.
Performed in January at Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, winning an award for "most popular public performance of the year". Recorded Media Vita and The Blue Bird for Public Broadcast Television [PBS] as part of the A Celtic Celebration programme. April - Riverdance the Show opens at The Point. June invited by Elvis Costello to perform with him at the Meltdown festival at London's South Bank. Riverdance opens at the Labatt's Apollo, Hammersmith London in July. Release of Omnis the choir's third album in October. Release ANÚNA on the Celtic Heartbeat/Atlantic label in the USA. Places at no. 11 in Billboard World Music Charts. Release of Invocation on Celtic Heartbeat.
January, premiére performance of excerpts of Behind the Closed Eye with The Ulster Orchestra at The Ulster Hall, Belfast. Performances include first tour of Sweden, Spain and France. Riverdance travels again to the UK and in March to New York. September, Anúna leave Riverdance - the Show. Participated at the opening ceremonies of the EU Presidency in Dublin. Perform on Later with Jools Holland on the BBC. Release Omnis (newly recorded version) and Deep Dead Blue. This version of Omnis released on Polygram
First visits to Norway and Germany. Record and release the album Behind the Closed Eye with The Ulster Orchestra. Record two projects with The Chieftains and record with Elvis Costello, Brenda Fricker and Dadawa for The Long Journey Home and Tears of Stone. Michael McGlynn interviewed for BBC Songs of Praise, and the programme includes performances of his Agnus Dei and Codail a Linbh. Sang at the inauguration dinner for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.
Sign exclusive recording deal with Gimell Records/Philips. First visit to Canada and Morocco where the group are the first Irish performers to participate in the World Sacred Music Festival at Fes. Begin recording tracks for Cynara.
January - record a PBS TV special in Lillehammer, Norway with Secret Garden. BBC2 film a performance of Behind the Closed Eye at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Open the State of the World Symposium at the same venue in May. August, perform at the The Royal Albert Hall in London at the BBC Proms as part of the first-ever Irish Prom. Release of Deep Dead Blue internationally. Chart placing in top 5 of U.K. Classical Charts.
First visits to Poland and Italy. Deep Dead Blue nominated for a Classical Brit Award. Release of Cynara in November. First solo performance at Dublin's National Concert Hall. Release of award-winning programme The Work of Angels featuring a score of McGlynn's work performed by Anúna.
First performances in Holland. Re-recording of Invocation including The Wild Song, and release of the albums ANÚNA 2002 and Winter Songs. Perform with The Ulster Orchestra to 14,000 people in Belfast as part of the BBC Proms.
Opened the Belfast Festival at the Ulster Hall with The Ulster Orchestra. First US tour. Derek Bell Memorial Concert in May at Dublin's Olympia Theatre with the Chieftains. First visit to Wales, Belgium and Finland where the group perform with Finnish chart-toppers Rajaton. Release of the compilation Essential Anúna on Universal Classics and Jazz in the U.K. results in a placing at number 6 in the U.K. Classical Charts. First U.K. Tour. Recordings begin for Michael McGlynn's Invocations of Ireland film.
First visit to Switzerland and first German tour. Release of Christmas Songs on Koch International Records in the USA. They accompany the President of Ireland, President Mary McAleese on her state tour of Chile and Argentina.
Release of US version of Essential Anúna on Koch in the USA. First visit to Japan.
The CD Sensation is released. US show Celtic Woman features Anúna soloists as lead singers, four since 2005 - Lynn Hilary, Orla Fallon, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha and Deirdre Shannon.
Artists in residence at Festival 500, Newfoundland. First Japanese tour. Recording of TV special ANÚNA - Celtic Origins in Cleveland USA for PBS TV with Elevation Group. Programme carried by in excess of 220 PBS Channels. The album charts at number one on Soundscan for World Music. Eight singers from Anúna travel across the USA in August on a promotional tour of Border's stores. Nine week tour of full group, with guest violinist Linda Lampenius, of the USA in Autumn. Venues included New York Town Hall, Orchestra Hall Minneapolis and Berklee Performance Centre, Boston.
Recording in June of second Elevation group collaboration Christmas Memories at Maryland Public Television, Maryland for PBS. Six Anúna singers travel across the USA for a month promoting the TV special at Border's instores. Programme achieves 80% coverage on PBS Channels, and CD reaches number 6 on Billboard World Music Charts. Ding Dong Merrily on High reaches number 26 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Charts. Celtic Origins wins four Telly Awards. The group debut in Amsterdam with a solo performance in the famous Concertgebouw.
Release of Invocations of Ireland, Michael McGlynn's self-made film on DVD. Licenced to Columbia in Japan and released with Japanese version of Sensation in December for second Japanese tour. Anúna give their first performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland at the NCH Dublin in a concert of Michael's work. The group embark on their first Irish tour and release the album Sanctus, which features a recording of Allegri's Miserere Mei Deus. Inaugurate the Anúna Education and Outreach Programme and launch it in Japan.
Recording and release of new track 'S Mise an Gaoth with Máire Brennan and Íarla Ó Lionard for Music of Ireland - Welcome Home a major exploration of Irish music to broadcast in March. Invocations of Ireland released on DVD and broadcast across Australia and New Zealand. The group give thirteen choral workshops throughout Ireland.
First tour of China in June. July saw the first Anúna International Summer School taking place in Dublin's National Concert Hall. Christmas Memories re-enters the Billboard 200 Album Charts in the USA at number 95 in September, the group's highest ever chart placing. They reach number 7 in the Billboard Catalog Charts the same month. Their fifteenth album Christmas with Anúna is released in Ireland and Japan, where The Best of Anúna is also released in anticipation of their Christmas tour there in December. Part of the tour comprises of a visit to the Earthquake Disaster Zone for performances and workshops. In November the group visited Sweden and performed in Gothenburg and Stockholm with Linda Lampenius.They also featured on the Christmas release by Australian super-group The Wiggles of their new album and DVD Its Always Christmas With You. The year ended with a highly successful Japanese tour that involved visits to schools in the Disaster zones around Miyagi and Fukushima a number of workshops throughout the country.