Dublin AOIC Members
Established in 2003, The Baldonnel Singers is a 4 part, Male Voice Choir whose members live mainly in the South Dublin - North Kildare areas. Choir members span a diverse range of professions, county allegiance, vocal pitch, waist size and hairline ! The choir rehearses on a Tuesday evening from 8-10 pm at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel in West Dublin, by kind permission of the Air Corps. The choir has developed a wide and varied repertoire, which it performs in a number of concerts for charity each year at various venues around the country.
Musical Director/Conductor: David Lanigan.
Secretary: Dave O'Brien
Contact: David Browne
Ballinteer Male Voice Choir
Established in 1994, the Ballinteer Male Voice Choir comprises 36 active members arranged in four sections. We are based in Ballinteer in South Dublin and rehearsals are held on the first three Thursdays of each month between 8pm and 10pm in the library of the local Our Lady School. On the fourth Thursday of each month we rehearse in Ballinteer St John's GAA Club.
This provides an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in joining us to come along and hear us sing. New members are always welcome.
Our Musical Director is Mr Thomas Kehoe and our Accompanist if Mr Graham Walsh.
In recent years the choir has performed throughout Ireland, at international festivals in France, Italy and the UK. We have also hosted choirs from France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norwary and Denmark as well as local choirs.
You are welcome to listen to some of our samples of our music from our website www.bmvc.ie.
Belvedere College Chamber Choir
The Belvedere College Chamber Choir directed by Ruaidhri O Dalaigh was established many years ago to give the older boys the opportunity to do some more challenging music in a chamber choir environment. The Chamber Choir is an a cappella group who sing repertoire from early medieval to modern 20th century composers.
Location: Great Denmark St, Dublin 1
Director: Ruaidhri O Dalaigh
Belvedere College Choir
The Belvedere College choir which is a boys SATB school choir based in Dublin. The ‘choir team’ comprises Ruaidhrí O’Dálaigh conductor, Frances Stoker-Phelan assistant conductor, and Patrice Keegan accompanist. The choir rehearses every Friday from 3.30-6pm to facilitate the many concerts and competitions the choir is involved in. The Annual Carol service and Musical Evening are the highlights, we maintain links with other schools, hosting choral projects and workshops. The choir’s repertoire varies from Fauré to the Beatles, Traditional Irish to World Music. The only requirement for admission to the choir is a love of singing and willingness to learn!
Location: Great Denmark St, Dublin 1
Conductor: Ruaidhrí O’Dálaigh
Belvedere College Junior Choir
The Belvedere College Junior Choir directed by Frances Stoker-Phelan was established in 2011 as a way to bring on the younger boys to help prepare them for the challenges of the larger Belvedere College Choir. The Junior Choir comprises trebles and altos only, and is a great opportunity for the juniors to establish themselves in their own right, develop their skills and explore SA material in addition to singing in the larger College Choir. The juniors have made an outstanding beginning winning at both Wesley Music Festival and the Feis Ceoil in their first year. These dedicated boys rehearse on Friday afternoons, as well as early mornings before school and at lunchtime. The main events for the Junior Choir are competitions, the Annual Carol Service and Musical Evening as well as being involved in workshops and joint choral projects with other schools.
Location: Great Denmark St, Dublin 1
Director: Frances Stoker-Phelan
The CanBelto Ladies Choir
The award-winning CanBeltos choir was formed six years ago by husband and wife team, Carol and Jimmy O’Byrne. Based in Baldoyle, the choir performs a wide choice of music ranging from pop songs to sacred and gospel music. They are in great demand for concerts and supported Red Hurley on tour with “How Great Thou Art” – a programme of spiritual hits - in the Gaiety, National Concert Hall and Wexford Opera House at various times over 2014 and 2015 culminating in a week of shows that also featured Aled Jones. They have supported Kathy Nugent in the National Concert Hall for a Stephen Sondheim celebration and appeared on The Late Late Show among other RTE appearances. They take part every year in The AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross to great public acclaim and this year won 1st prize in the Gospel Music competition taking the Tipperary Crystal Trophy 2015 as they did in 2013 too. They also came 2nd in The Female Choir competition. In 2012 they came 1st in the Irish Language Competition winning the European Year of Music Trophy. They compete in The Navan Choral Festival too and this year won 1st prize in the Popular Music competition. They love to travel internationally and have participated in the Lago di Garda Music Festival, Italy, the Krakovia Music Festival, Poland and most recently the Tuscan Music Festival in Montecatini Terme, Italy with plans to travel every 12-18 months. Regular appearances at The Helix Theatre in Dublin include Sing out loud, Sing out strong (in support of World Mental Health Day), and every December, Christmas Crackers, a family sing-a-long show which has become a firm Christmas favourite. Many people have asked about the name The CanBeltos. It is a play on the singing term Bel Canto or beautiful singing. They’re called The CanBeltos because they can really belt out a tune and have great fun in the process.
Cantairí Avondale is a mixed-voice choir based in Dublin city centre. The choir performs a wide variety of choral music including oratorio, a capella partsongs (both sacred and secular), jazz and modern classics. The choir puts on at least two concerts every year and has successfully competed in a number of choral competitions including AIMS Choral Festival New Ross, Navan Choral Festival and Cork International Choral Festival. Cantairí Avondale has a proud record in performing new choral works by Irish composers such as John Buckley, Marion Ingoldsby, Rhona Clarke and Michael Gallen.
Cantairí Avondale rehearses in Scoil Chaoimhín, (Department of Education), Marlborough Street on Mondays from 7.45 to 10.00pm. New members are welcome to audition at the start of each term. An ability to sight read is an advantage but not a requirement.
Cantando is a mixed voiced chamber choir founded 25 years ago by their director Órla Barry. A highly accomplished and versatile group, as well as being good friends, Cantando sing in a variety of styles and genres, always expertly guided by their enthusiastic and talented director. They have performed in numerous concert locations around Ireland including The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Aula Maxima, Cork, St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway, Trinity College, Dublin, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, St. Bartholomew’s, Clyde Road, Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, The Carlingford Arts Centre, Co Louth , St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth… They have taken part in International and National competitions at home and abroad. They were the first Irish Choir to achieve a gold award at the Verona International Choral Festival, were finalists in the Moore Stephens International Festival in Jersey, National Choir of the Cork Choral Festival and winners in numerous categories at Cork, Sligo, Arklow, Navan, New Ross and Dundalk. Cantando have made a number of recordings including several broadcasts for RTE and a double CD of Contemporary Church Music I sing for Joy. Their own Christmas CD The Time of Christemas was released in 2009. Cantando have sung at corporate events and weddings and always include at least one charity fundraiser in their annual programme. As well as challenging each other to reach the highest musical standards, a sense of fun and enjoyment has remained important to all the members old and new, since their inception 25 years ago.
Cantóirí is a vibrant amateur Dublin choir with an international membership. Our varied singing calendar takes in choral festivals around Ireland, as well as concerts and charity events. Our largely a cappella repertoire spans the centuries and styles, from the Renaissance to the 21st Century. Our particular speciality is folk music from all over the globe. Cantóirí sings each song in the original language. We are lucky to be able to draw on the language skills of our choir members from countries such as Finland, Italy, France, Russia, Germany, Hungary and Malaysia. Our musical director since 2006 is Ben Barnes. Ben is an accomplished singer, musician, music teacher, conductor and composer. As well as his work with Cantóirí, he is Senior Lay Vicar and Librarian with the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir. www.cantoiri.com
Cappella mixed voice choir
The current Cappella choir came into existence when Vincent Whelan became Musical director in 1998.An immediate decision was made to prepare the choir for choral competitions in order to achieve a high standard of performance. This proved successful as we entered and won our first competition that same year.
Since then we have won several prizes at competitions throughout Ireland, including An Oireachtas. Feis Ceoil, and the Irish Choir section of the Cork International Choral Festival. We then ventured further afield, taking on and beating UK choirs at Cheltenham, Llandudno and Isle of Mann.
On the concert platform we have sung in Arus an Uachtarain, The national Concert hall, Farmleigh, Olympia Theatre (with the Chieftains), National Museum, and many smaller venues, mainly for charity.
In 2002 we became international, performing in Prague, followed in subsequent years by concerts in Vienna, Lille, Tuscany, Nice, Germany (twice), Norway and Poland. Further international performances are in the pipeline.
Celtic Choristers Male Voice Choir
The Choir was formed in 1998 and is based in St. Mary’s College, Rathmines, Dublin. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm from September to June.
We have developed a diverse style and repertoire ranging from modern popular, spiritual and classical compositions in addition to the traditional Irish and Welsh Hymn formats.
We have performed at prestigious venues including Áras an Uachtaráin and the National Concert Hall and regularly support social, charitable and religious events (including weddings) in Dublin and beyond. We also perform at corporate functions and have successfully competed at numerous national and international choral festivals.
New members are always welcome. Ability to read music is not a prerequisite but a love of singing, camaraderie, and fun is essential!
Location: St Mary’s College, Rathmines
Director: Ethel Glancy
Telephone: Damian, 086 810 6203
Choir Contact Ireland (CCI)
Choir Contact Ireland (CCI) is a choral organisation with over 20 years’ experience of organising choral travel for Irish choirs. Our goal is to bring choirs from different countries together to share their love of music, to hear one another perform, and to sing together for an international audience. CCI have enabled many Irish choirs to take part in choir festivals and competitions throughout Europe, giving them the opportunity to share their love of music, culture and travel with choirs from around the world.
CCI has long-established relationships with international choir festivals, choir directors and municipal and religious institutions and by combining these contacts with our specialist knowledge, we can help you organise performances at festivals and competitions in historic and picturesque towns and cities throughout Europe.
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Sé aidhm an chóir ná sean amhráin, amhráin nua agus ceol diaga a chanadh go taitneamhach as Gaeilge.
Sí an Ghaeilge teanga caidreamh an chóir, ach cuirtear fáilte roimh daoine ar bheagáin Gaeilge
Tugann Forás na Gaeilge an-tacaiocht dúinn. Cuireann siad an halla ar fáil dúinn i gcóir cleachtadh gach seachtain.
Bíonn sos againn i lár an chleachtadh i gcóir cupán tae.
Tá atmaisféar íontach cairdiúil sa chór.
Sí Amy Ní Riain ár sár stiurthóir.
Forás na Gaeilge,
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Musical Director: Amy Ní Riain
Tel: 087 2566009 Róisín
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Culwick Choral Society
The Culwick Choral Society (founded 1898 by Dr James C. Culwick, a co-founder of Feis Ceoil) is a mixed-voice amateur choir of 140 members working with a professional musical director and chorus master. The Culwick performs with professional soloists and professional orchestral musicians in major venues such as the National Concert Hall and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Annual performances include: a major work in Spring, a Christmas concert, two performances of Handel’s Messiah for a charity. Rehearsals: Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6, Thursdays, 7.45pm. Membership enquiries welcome. Sight-reading an advantage but not a requirement.
Conductor: Bernie Sherlock
Under the musical directorship of Amy Ryan, Cuore is an award winning chamber choir dedicated to the high quality performance of interesting music. With a repertoire both challenging and adventurous, the choir rehearses every Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 9.15pm in Saint Stephen’s Church (also known as the Pepper Canister Church), 2 Mount Street Crescent, Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2. Prospective members should have previous choral or orchestral experience and a reasonable level of sight singing. If you are interested in being part of a dynamic and exciting group, we would love to hear from you to arrange an audition. All enquiries to email@example.com or call us on 087 8234097.
Discovery Gospel Choir
Discovery Gospel Choir is Ireland’s leading inter-cultural SATB choir, singing songs of hope from around the world. As a mixed community of like-minded people, we participate in artistic expression, integration and interfaith dialogue in the heart of Dublin City. Through the power of music, we share our languages, our cultures, and an open space for people to share their stories, develop their talents, and always be met with mutual respect and love.
Since its foundation in 2004, Discovery has grown from a small community group to a widely celebrated choir. Ever-growing in demand, we have graced the stages on The Late Late Show, at Electric Picnic, in Áras an Uachtaráin, for the 'Ireland 2016' commemorations as well as alongside renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, Kíla, Sinead O’Connor, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Gemma Hayes to name only a few. Everywhere we go, we share our vision of a modern Ireland and uplift audiences through our vibrant performances, soulful spirituals, colourful costumes and our inspirational motto, “Discover Beauty in Everyone”.
Discovery currently includes over 35 members of 14 different nationalities and a diverse repertoire of gospel and world music in over 30 different languages.
New members are welcome – singers learn by ear and an audition is required. Feel free to get in touch with queries or bookings.
Location: St. George and St. Thomas' Church, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin
Musical Director: Grace Bergin
Diva Voces is a female-voice choir established in 2006 by experienced conductor, Liz Powell. The choir rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7:30 - 9.30pm in a Dublin city-centre venue. The choir's repertoire is wide-ranging; from Pergolesi to Cole Porter and encompasses classical, blues, jazz, spiritual and pop. The choir is a fun-loving but hard-working group and has grown in both standard and numbers. Conductor Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh has recently joined and the choir is now seeking new members. An ability to sight read is an advantage but not required. Diva Voces has featured on RTÉ Radio's 'The Business' and 'The Arts Show' and performs concerts regularly.
Location: Dublin city centre
Conductor: Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh
T: Mary, 0879611193
Dolce is a mixed voice choir (SATB) based on the northside of Dublin, with practices in Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, Thursdays 8pm-10pm. We have a membership of around 50. Dolce performs at concerts in the locality, as well as singing for charity and entering competitions. Musical styles include popular, classical, musicals, sacred, Irish, jazz. New members are welcome, sight-reading is not a necessity but is an advantage, and an audition is required. Why not come along and give it a try and see if you like it!
Location: Northside of Dublin
Conductor: Deirdre Ní Chaomhánaigh
T: 087 2207832
Dublin Airport Singers
The Dublin Airport Singers are a long-established choir of over 40 members based in North Dublin.
Under the guidance of Musical Director, Paul Deegan, the choir perform regularly in competitions, festivals and concerts and have a diverse repertoire encompassing sacred and secular, ancient and modern music from many countries and cultures.
We practice every Tuesday evening in St Vincent de Paul Girls National School, Griffith Avenue, Marino, Dublin 3 which is approximately 10 minutes from Dublin City Centre.
We hold occasional open evenings where potential new members are invited to come and meet the choir and sit in on a rehearsal. The ability to read music is not essential as the rudiments of sight reading are incorporated into our rehearsals, as is vocal training.
If you are interested check out our website for more information and contact us through that or at the email address below.
Dublin Male Voice Choir
The Dublin Male Voice Choir came into existence as a choir for male voices in 2006, the aim being to develop a suitable repertoire, to be performed to the highest possible standards.
The choir membership now nears thirty. New members are always welcome, so that we can aspire to even greater heights. Membership of the choir is not linked to any particular area of Dublin. Rehearsals were first held in the music room at the rear of St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row. At present, we meet weekly in the Community Centre at the Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar.
Location: Rathgar, Dublin 6
Conductor: Áine Mulvey
Dublin Rock Line
Dublin Rock Line is a unique choir that offers an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir, giving a new approach to vocal training and entertainment. We are having fun, weekly rehearsals singing arrangements of well-known rock and pop groups.
But Dublin Rock Line is more than a choir. It is a social and musical experience. A Rock/Pop school and vocal coaching. It is your chance to sing in a choir with no entry auditions and no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience.
As a member of Dublin Rock Line you may choose to simply rehearse or take to the stage at a variety of events and shows. And you’ll never have to sing on your own or be under any pressure as our main purpose is TO HAVE FUN!
What the members say:I have looked for ages to find a singing group like this. I was blown away by Michael and his unique easy going coaching. It made me feel relaxed and this in turn st the atmosphere for a joyous experience. I cannot wait to get back next week. The venue is great too, intimate yet seems to be the place where special things can happen . . . Magical for some reason.
Musical Director: Michael Dunfalk
Location: Dublin City Center
The Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir
The Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir is a four part choir (first tenor, second tenor, baritone, bass) comprising 50+ members, based in the Royal Hospital in Donnybrook, Dublin 4. While we have a distinct Welsh ethos, over half the choristers are Irish, with a small number of other nationalities, such as, Scottish and English. As well as having an extensive repertoire of Welsh music, we sing in other languages including Irish, English, French, Italian and Finnish. The choir performs at concerts and other engagements about twice a month both in Ireland and internationally. Details of upcoming performances are posted in the Events Section of this website. Our Musical Director, Geraint Waters, is a native of Cwmgwrach, a village in the upper Neath Valley in South Wales and a resident in Ireland for over 25 years. Our accompanist is Dubliner, John Shera, B Music, who is a professional music teacher and performer.
The experience is not restricted to singers resident in Dublin; anyone willing to commute is welcome to audition.
Dublin Youth Choir aims to fulfil the regional gap in choral music education in Dublin. The young singers will perform a wide repertoire, from medieval and renaissance music to compositions by living composers, placing a special emphasis on the performance of music of Irish composers.
If you are interested in members of the DYC team visiting your school, providing choral workshops, and auditioning prospective DYC members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.dublinyouthchoir.com
Dun Laoghaire Choral Society
Dun Laoghaire Choral Society is a choir of 85 amateur singers, based in and around the Dun Laoghaire area. We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7.30 til 10pm at the Quaker Meeting House in Monkstown, Co. Dublin Founded in 1982, our current Music Director is David Brophy and our wide and varied repertoire ranges from medieval to 21st century choral music.
Over the past 30 years we have performed in all the major Dublin venues with some of Ireland's leading orchestras. We also like to support up and coming singers and musicians, such as our collaboration with the Fishamble Sinfonia for our Complete Mozart Mass series between 2014-2015, when we performed the entire series of 17 Mozart Masses together over a series of 5 concerts. We look forward to further collaborations and series of this kind in the coming years.
Our aim is to perform regular concerts - the turnaround is often only a few weeks! - of varied musical genres and to share our love of choral singing with our audiences. Under David Brophy we are always working on something new and exciting. Auditions are held in September but we also hold an open night in May each year, for aspiring members to come along and see if they like it! We also organise an annual Conductors Course for choral conductors, led by David Brophy and involving the whole choir.
Enchiriadis Treis Choir
Enchiriadis Treis is a mixed adult choir of about 120 voices, based in Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland. Founded by Dr. Marion Doherty Hayden in 1994, it is committed to achieving musical excellence through performance of the great classical choral works.
We are united by our love of choral music and by a desire to perform it at the highest possible level. Our main repertoire is based on the great classical choral works, but we also perform lesser-known works by modern (including Irish) composers.
In recent years we have performed in most of the major Dublin venues plus in our local areas. Some of these performances include Beethoven 's Mass in C Major, Jenkin's "The Armed Man ", Vivaldi's Gloria, Verdi's Requiem , Mozart's Requiem , Handel's Messiah and many many more. We now perform Handel's Messiah annually in St. Anne's Church , Portmarnock , on the last Sunday in November, whereby we invite all choristers, who are familiar with the work , to come along and join us.
We have participated in many Choral Workshops and performances in Europe, including Portugal , Slovenia, Poland, Austria , Italy and England. It is such a privilege to sing in these countries, joining in with some wonderful choirs and learning from world famous teachers, as well as making many new friends along the way.
Our motto is “Excellence Through Performance”. We aim to improve with every successive performance and we see ourselves as being on an unending musical journey of continuous learning and improvement.
In December each year we sing our Christmas Carols for a charity. This year we chose Focus Ireland and last year we sang for the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul .
We are currently rehearsing for our concert "War and Peace" as part of the commemoration of 1916.We will be performing, along with the Fingal Childrens Choir, Karl Jenkins, "The Peacemakers" and Aloys Fleischmann's "Clare's Dragoons. This will take place in the Helix on Sat. April 30th 2016. Tickets 25 Euro- or 80 Euro for a family of 2 adults and 2 children
We are also rehearsing for the Jim Molloy production "A Night in Vienna" in NCH on May 10th 2016.
Musical Director/Conductor: Cathal Clinch
Fingal Chamber Choir
Fingal Chamber Choir was founded in September 2006 by director David Maxwell with membership mainly drawn from North County Dublin. Our repertoire is extensive and varied, ranging from mediaeval to contemporary music, classical sacred repertoire, and lighter arrangements. True to our name, we are committed to giving concerts in venues in our native Fingal, but also perform all over Dublin and throughout Ireland, and contribute regularly to television and radio services as part of RTÉ’s religious programming. Every few years we undertake a concert tour outside of Ireland - in June 2015 we were invited to Bobbio, Italy, while 2013 saw us travel to Carcassonne in the south of France, and 2011 brought us to Trondheim, Norway. FCC rehearses on Monday nights in St. George's School, Balbriggan, from 7:30 to 9:30pm. New members are always welcome to audition - good sight singing ability is an advantage and choral experience is required.
Location: Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Conductor: David Maxwell
T: 087 290 9536
Fingal Children's Choir
‘Fingal Children’s Choir’ was founded alongside ‘Fingal Youth Choir’ in September 2014, by Michael Dawson and is conducted by Claire Sheedy. The choir performs regularly around the country and participates in competitions. In the choir’s first year last year they came 2nd in the Navan Choral festival , beating many choirs who have been going for years.
The choir sings a wide range of music, last years pieces include ‘Happy’, ‘Counting Stars’, ‘Ave Maria’, “Caribbean Christmas Holiday’ and ‘Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho’. The choirs conductor Claire Sheedy on scholarship previously spent a year in Hungary studying choral conducting and music education in primary school children. The rehearsals are both intense and fun and the choir is a great way of improving children’s confidence, singing and making friends!
As part of joining the choir each member is encouraged to participate in specially designed sight-reading classes. There are a different classes/levels for everyone and it is excellent for improving singer’s confidence in reading music!
If you are interested in joining the choir and are in 3rd class – 1st year please contact Máire on 087 225 5139.
Fingal Youth Choir
Fingal Youth Choir was founded along side Fingal Children’s choir by Michael Dawson in September 2014. The choir regularly performs around the country and members take part in trips away for workshops, competitions, rehearsal weekends and choral festival. One of the highlights of 2014 was when the boys of the choir performed on season 2 of the T.V series “Vikings”.
The choir performs a full mix of repertoire from popular pieces such as Bohemian Rhapsody to classical pieces and pieces in other languages. The director is Michael Dawson who also conducts Maynooth University Chamber Choir and Enchiriadis Chamber Choir, both of which have won awards Internationally.
As part of joining the choir each member is encouraged to participate in specially designed sight-reading classes. There are a different classes/levels for everyone and it is excellent for improving singer’s confidence in reading music!
If you are interested in joining the choir and are in 2nd-6th please contact Máire on 087 225 5139.
The Firhouse Singers is a mixed voice choir, 50 strong, established in 1976 by Ray Ryan. It rehearses every Wednesday night (8-10) in Scoil Carmel, Firhouse Rd., close to exits 11 and 12 on the M50. The varied repertoire includes popular music, songs from the shows, calypsoes, spirituals, and the occasional light operatic chorus. The choir has sung in such venues as the National Concert Hall, Castletown House and The Civic Theatre, raising tens of thousands of euro for charity over the years. New members are always welcome; ability to read music is not essential.
Location: Firhouse, Co. Dublin
Conductor: Ray Ryan
The Forget-Me-Nots Choir from Dublin NorthEast is a community choir under the Musical Direction of Ms. Norah Walsh. It was set up in 2014 in Baldoyle and got its inspiration from two Musical Memories choirs on the Southside and from The Unforgettables Chorus in New York City. The choir was featured on the RTE Radio 1 Documentary “A song for Kathleen” that aired in August 2014. It is a Quality Arts project that embraces Social Inclusion for the elderly, their families, carers, friends and neighbours, and with a particular welcome for those families affected by dementia and memory loss. Its membership reaches into all parts of the community to include residents from the local nursing homes. It is a voluntary organisation currently funded by Fingal County Council, the HSE Wellness Programme for Dublin NorthEast, and KBC Bank as part of its ‘Bright Ideas’ community awards scheme. The choir meets to rehearse most Tuesdays in Baldoyle Community Hall from 11am to 12.30pm and you can find out more about them by visiting www.forgetmenots.ie or www.facebook.com/ForgetMeNotsIE. Everyone from the community is welcome to come along regardless of musical ability – it’s all about the great sound the choir can create together and how much fun they have in the process!
The Frascati Singers
Founded in 2001, the Frascati Singers is a mixed voice choral group based in Blackrock, Co Dublin, and now boasts a membership of over 30. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from 8.00 - 10.00 pm. The choir sings compositions in a wide range of styles:- sacred, folk, popular, seasonal and contemporary, including some by founding director Mary Kelly. Under current director, Mairéad Déiseach, the Frascati Singers continues its programme of participation in festivals, local concerts and charity support. The choir is now recruiting Tenors and Basses.
Location: Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Conductor: Mairéad Déiseach
Gloria, Dublin's Lesbian and Gay Choir was established in 1995 to allow lesbian and gay men to sing together and to promote a positive image of the lgbt community. The choir has grown and become highly successful both within the lgbt and choral communities. The choirs repetoire is wide ranging; from musicals to madrigals and from classical to camp. The songs are chosen sometimes to surprise, sometimes to challenge but always to entertain!
The choir rehearses every Tuesday in Dublin city centre from 7.30pm-9.30pm. Musical director: Mr Ian Packham.
The Goethe-Institut Choir
Founded in 1965 the Goethe-Institut Choir comprises a refreshing mix of singers of many nationalities and ages. With renowned conductor John Dexter at the helm, the choir lives up to its high reputation and plays a vital and vibrant role in the cultural life of Dublin. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings.
Programmes have featured the music of a wide range of composers including Vittoria, Schütz, Monteverdi, JS Bach, Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Bruckner, Haydn, Rossini, Fauré, Britten and Jenkins.
The choir performs at least three concerts each year, including the very popular Christmas concert at the National Concert Hall and the annual Good Friday concert at St Patrick's Cathedral in aid of the Carmichael Centre. The schedule has also included participation in special events such as the JS Bach Cantatas Series and the opening gala concert at Cork Choral Festival. The choir has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on a number of occasions, accompanying Bryn Terfel in 2013 and performing Karl Jenkins’ Big 70 birthday concert conducted by the composer in 2014. On December 8th 2014, the Goethe-Institut Choir will perform parts I, II & IV of the JS Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St Cecilia at the National Concert Hall. The Good Friday 2015 concert on 3rd April at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin will feature Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.
Founded in 2012, Harmony Federation are focused on building a national A Cappella chorus of international standard, singing mainly (but not exclusively) in the barbershop style. Members come from Cork, Dublin, Sligo and several other counties and all are also members of other choirs and groups. Rehearsals are held on an approximately monthly basis in west Dublin (to facilitate travelling members) and our director is Linda Corcoran, who is based in the UK and has directed many UK choirs including The Great Western Chorus of Bristol who have been UK Barbershop champions 8 times under her direction. We are actively recruiting new members.
Location: National – members from all parts of the country
Conductor: Linda Corcoran (from August 2015)
The Mornington Singers is an award-winning mixed-voice chamber choir conducted by Orla Flanagan. The 35 members come from all over Europe and further afield. Repertoire is broad with an emphasis on a capella and contemporary pieces. We perform concerts throughout the year both in Ireland and abroad. Recent venues included Leinster House, Electric Picnic and Tallinn, Estonia. Awards include 1st prizes at Cork Choral Festival and Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas. The choir rehearses in Dublin city centre on Wednesday nights from 7.15pm - 9.30pm. New members require some sight singing ability. See website for audition details and vacancies.
Location: Dublin city centre
Conductor: Orla Flanagan
New Dublin Voices
International award-winning New Dublin Voices is a leading Irish chamber choir. Founded in 2005 by conductor Bernie Sherlock, NDV performs an innovative repertoire ranging from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers and has given numerous Irish and world premieres.
NDV has won prizes at major competitions in France, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, England and Italy. It was awarded ‘Ireland’s Choir of the Year’, and 2nd prize overall at the Cork International Choral Festival 2013, and first prize at the Concorso Polifonico in Arezzo, Italy in August 2013, thereby becoming the first Irish choir to win a place in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. NDV was selected to take part in three of Europe’s most prestigeous festivals: Musique en Morvan 2012; European Youth Choir Festival 2014, and Polyfollia 2014.
NDV released two CDs in 2010 – Something Beginnning with B, and Christmas with New Dublin Voices, declared "favourite Christmas CD" in the RTE Guide. The choir's busy calendar includes fund-raising for charities, television appearances, guesting with both orchestras of the national broadcaster, RTÉ, and performing at special events.
Bernie Sherlock studied conducting in Hungary with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár, and in Ireland with Gerhard Markson. She is also Musical Director of the Culwick Choral Society, and Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
Ossia Youth Choir
Ossia Youth Choir is a mixed voice choir based in Clontarf, Dublin.
Established in 2011 by conductor Carmel Whelan, the choir rehearses weekly in Clontarf where they are joined by accompanist Norah Walsh.
Though many are based locally, members hail from various locations across North Dublin and are currently aged between 9 and 18 years of age. Ossia performs a modern repertoire, performing exciting choral arrangements of rock and pop music.
Since its foundation, the choir has been heavily involved in community and charity events. Ossia has had many exciting performance opportunities to date including "Round The Clock" Fashion Show, LIFT Youth Arts Festival 2013, Peter McVerry Trust Annual Christmas Concert with Mary Black, The Battle of Clontarf Viking Festival and Derry Choral Festival. In July 2014, the choir were involved in the recording of Music Matters' first album, "Celebrating 140 Characters", providing backing vocals for several tracks as well as two solo tracks for the album.
Conductor: Carmel Whelan
Location: Clasac, Alfie Byrne Road, Dublin 3
Perfect Harmony Choir is a mixed voice choir (SAT... and possibly B if number of men allows!) who rehearse in Walkinstown, Dublin 12 on Wednesday evenings from 8 until 9.30. Nicola White is our music director and we sing a diverse range of music from rock, popular to gospel and songs from musicals. The emphasis is on fun and bringing people together to make beautiful music.
We are also always on the lookout for musicians such as guitarists, keyboardists and drummers who might like to join us and increase the range and type of sound we can make. Sight reading is not essential and auditions can be held before Wednesday night rehearsals by prior arrangement with Nicola. There is a small subscription per 10 week term to cover overheads. Do feel free to contact her via email below if you are interested in finding out more and/or to audition. Also check us on facebook, Perfect Harmony Choir.
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The Ranelagh Singers
The Ranelagh Singers is a community based mixed voice choir based in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. This dynamic choir was established in 2009 and is conducted by Rosemary O'Brien. It's repertoire spans from Medieval to Contemporary choral music. The choir is an integral part of the annual Ranelagh Arts Festival and performs regularly at many local events. We meet every Monday evening in Sandford Park School, Ranelagh for rehearsal and new experienced singers are always welcome.
Location: Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Conductor: Rosemary O'Brien
T: 086 822 5030
Resurgam makes a unique and distinctive contribution to Ireland’s musical life, and is widely acknowledged to be one of the country’s most accomplished vocal ensembles. The choir was established in 2003 and is a project-based ensemble of up to 24 voices comprising some of Ireland’s finest choral singers. Resurgam has performed in many venues throughout Ireland and also in the UK, and has featured in several major Irish festivals, including the Cork International Choral Festival, Ardee Baroque and the Galway Early Music Festival. The choir has worked with many internationally renowned conductors, including Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn and Gary Cooper, as well as its own founder-director Mark Duley. Resurgam is supported by its very generous friends and patrons, and in 2009 by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Singers interested in auditioning should contact the choir by email.
RTÉ Cór na nÓg
RTÉ Cór na nÓg was founded by Colin Mawby in 1987 and consists of over 60 children aged 10-16 from all parts of Dublin and surrounding counties. As well as providing excellent musical training there is a strong emphasis on the enjoyment of music-making as well as the hard work and commitment required. Their unique relationship with RTÉ leads to varied and exciting performance opportunities with regular broadcasts on national radio and television and collaborations with artists of the highest calibre.
The choir rehearses during term-time on Wednesday evenings, 5.30-7pm and Saturday mornings, 10am-12noon and members are expected to regularly attend both. Auditions for each new September intake are held in March, with applications open from January. Children need to be 10 by September of the year they apply, and boy’s voices unbroken.
Choral Director: Mary Amond O’Brien
RTÉ Philharmonic Choir
The RTÉ Philharmonic Choir has been at the heart of music-making in Ireland since its foundation by Colin Mawby in 1985 and has become the country’s finest symphonic choral ensemble, performing around 5 concerts each year mainly with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and broadcasting regularly on RTÉ lyric fm. The choir rehearses each Wednesday evening in RTÉ with the Season running from September to May. General auditions are usually held in May, but applications can be taken during the year and new members heard at other times if agreed by the Chorus Master and Choral Officer. The ability to sight-read reasonably well is important.
Guest Chorus Masters: Jeremy Haneman & Mark Hindley
T: 01 208 2977
Singing for the Health of it
Nothing activates as many areas of the brain as music. Singing is a stimulating experience which triggers all sorts of positive energy in the mind and body. Social interaction is the best way to shake off the blues. Put it all together, and you get Choral Singing at its best.
This is the principle that founded this new Choir. With a repertoire entirely of rock ‘n’ roll, the Choir is having a lot of fun and working together to make a great team and a fine sound.
Singing For The Health Of It! was founded in May 2013 by Liz O’Connor. We started out working in 3-part mixed voice format, but with only a small Baritone line, reformed into 3-part female voice in early October, with remaining baritones doubling the alto part.
We rehearse on Wednesday evenings in Kilmacud, Co. Dublin and new members are always welcome.
Director: Liz O’Connor (087) 230 6158 firstname.lastname@example.org
Singsation is an all female singing group. We have 22 members, mostly from Dublin’s north eastern suburbs of Sutton, Howth, Raheny, Clontarf , Baldoyle and Malahide. We formed just a few years ago and already have a wide repertoire of songs which we normally sing with the accompaniment of the musical director and also with backing tracks for many of the songs. We learn off all the words so we don’t have to use songsheets during performances. Practices are held on Monday nights in the Presbyterian Church in Howth. We focus mainly on singing easy-listening popular songs with the prime purpose of entertaining our audiences. We sing songs from the 50s 60s 70s and some right up to the minute numbers, with some stunning solos included and also the odd classical piece or older song. The songs are sung in pleasing four part harmonies, penned by the well known and talented musical director, Andy O Callaghan. Our performances tend to centre on local venues, culminating in 2012 with a performance in the Mahony Hall at the Helix.
While we like to keep the group relatively small we are always interested in hearing from good singers who like the idea of singing songs in the light entertainment genre. We look for people who can show commitment and enthusiasm along with a willingness to learn and to work well within a group. Auditions can be arranged at any time during the year.
Location: Howth Presbyterian Church
Conductor: Andy O'Callaghan
T: Mary Hanson: 086 8185543 or Emer Cullen: 087 6788039
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Songs in the Key of D
The choir was set up set up in 2013 to perform at the Dublin Fringe Festival and took off from there. It aims to bring together people living in all parts of Dublin to explore songs that have a connection with the city and to capture what songs most represent about it both in the past and present. Membership is open to anyone living in or around Dublin.
The repertoire explores musicians from Handel to Hansard and Lynott to Drew. The choir is proud to have given sold-out performances in Smock Alley (2) and the National Concert Hall (3) and has performed with Aslan on The Late Late Show as well as taking part in the Centenary Concert in Board Gais Theatre – to name but a few!
Rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons with an extra rehearsal or two in the run up to a performance.
We have two Musical Directors – Chris O’Sullivan and Killian Grumley-Traynor – who arrange our music, accompany us and take us through our paces.
Tallaght Choral Society (TCS)
Tallaght Choral Society was formed in 1967, when Tallaght was still a small village at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has grown under a succession of musical directors, beginning with our founder and current president, Fr Donal Sweeny, O.P., who continues to sing with the choir. Lynsey Callaghan was appointed Musical Director in September 2015.
Successful collaborations have included performances with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the R.I.A.M. orchestra, Belfast Philharmonic Choir, Liverpool Welsh Choral Union, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and most recently, the US choir Bel Canto Chorus.
Down through the years Tallaght Choral Society has performed many of the major choral works.
Our next concert in November will include the Bach cantatas 61 & 62 and the US- Norwegian Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass. Full details will appear on our website.
We are always happy to welcome new members. If you are interested, check out our website www.tallaghtchoralsociety.net.
The Garda Ladies' Choir
The Garda Ladies’ Choir is a three-part, upbeat, lively and audience-focused musical ensemble which brings together female staff members of An Garda Síochána, family members and friends of the organization. Throughout the year the Choir maintains an active concert schedule, appearing at fundraising events for various charities, hospitals, schools and Churches including performances at official Garda functions and weddings. Since its formation in 1986, the choir has performed in numerous Irish venues including The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Waterfront in Belfast, City Hall in Cork, Farmleigh House in Dublin and The Ramor theatre in Virginia, Cavan. The Choir has also performed on several occasions in London with the Gwalia Welsh Male Voice Choir.
Variety is the keynote of the Choir and it has an extensive repertoire including favourites from musicals, popular standards and contemporary classics. The Choir is under the expert musical directorship of Rodney Baldwin, who is a well-known harpsichordist and piano teacher. Its accompanist is Mairead Reidy, a Licenciate of the Leinster School of Music and a former Musical Director of the West County Musical Society.
The Choir rehearses on Tuesday nights in the Garda Band Room, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin from 8.00-10.00 p.m. New members are welcome. Ability to sight-read whilst an advantage, is not a requirement to joining. Please contact our Musical Director to arrange an audition.
Musical Director: Mr. Rodney Baldwin
The Gaudete Singers
The Gaudete Singers is a mixed voice chamber choir directed by David Leigh, Assistant Organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The choir was established in 1976 by eight friends, initially with no conductor. In 1978 this responsibility was taken up by Joe Ryan, who continued to direct in competitions and concerts until 1990. Since then, the choir has been conducted by David Milne, Gráinne Gormley and Andrew Johnstone. The choir sings mainly a capella and the repertoire extends from early music to the 21st century often in double choir formation. We are about 20 singers and hold 3 concerts per year. Sacred works are performed in the Lady Chapel of St Patrick’s Cathedral in November and St Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road in March/April and a secular concert in The Unitarian Church in St Stephen’s Green in May/June. We have a convivial glass of wine with our audience after each concert!
The choir rehearses on Thursday nights from 7.30pm to 10.00pm in Colaiste Choilm School, Swords. Our repertoire at present consists mainly of contemporary English choral music, in particular the work of Bob Chilcott. Though we work hard in rehearsals and strive for excellence, we always enjoy a relaxed drink and chat afterwards.
We presently number approximately 30 singers. If you are interested in hearing and seeing what we do simply come along and attend a rehearsal. If you then think you might be interested in joining the choir you simply arrange to meet with the director for a short audition. There are no specific prerequisites to becoming a member other than the love of good music and the desire to sing well.
If you have any other queries we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us at:
Or call Eric Duffy 086 2555751
The Line-Up is a community choir based in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Directed by Róisín Savage, the group of over 125 singers cover contemporary songs from the Rock, Pop and Soul genres, putting their own spin on songs such as Clean Bandit’s Rather Be, Otis Redding’s classic Try a Little Tenderness and a floor thumping version of Foo Fighter’s The Pretender.
Formed in 2012, some of their most notable performances to date include appearances at Body & Soul, Dublin Pride, Electric Picnic, St Patrick's Festival and in venues both in Dublin and abroad including The Sugar Club, Civic Theatre, The Village, The Button Factory, The Mansion House, The Shelbourne Hotel, The Academy, Dublin Castle, The National Gallery, The Four Seasons Hotel and at the Southbank Centre in London where they broke a Guinness World Record! The group have also performed live on Ireland AM, The KC Show and The John Murray Show and have also accepted invitations to perform for Six Nations Champions the Irish Rugby Team, President Michael D Higgins, The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gay Byrne and Imelda Maye.
Collaborations to date include a performance with The Commitments actress and vocalist, Bronagh Gallagher in Christ Church Cathedral and also with both Paddy Casey and Jerry Fish in The Olympia Theatre to support Barretstown. In April this year, the choir were delighted to join Academy Award winner Glen Hansard for an impromptu performance of two songs at a charity event in Whelans. In 2014, the choir also joined forces with both Gloria and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus in a fundraising event in The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to support marriage equality. They have performed with the singing priest Fr Ray Kelly and also with country singer Nathan Carter and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the world's second longest running chat show The Late Late Show. More recently, the choir featured on the season opener of the The Ray D'Arcy Show with the indie rock band Wheatus to perform their classic hit Teenage Dirtbag.
The Line-Up were one of only five choirs in the country selected to take part in The Events, David Greig's award winning play with music by John Browne in The Abbey Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. The invitation was then extended to a special performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London where the choir were one of only two choirs representing Ireland in a super-choir of over 200 singers.
Over the past three years, the choir has supported several charities including Make-A-Wish, Peter McVerry Trust, Barnardos, Solas, Black Santa appeal and the Mansion House Fuel Fund whilst also performing at the Light Up a Life events in Our Lady's Hospice Harold's Cross and Lauralynn as well as their annual Christmas performances in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children.
Contact: Róisín Savage
The People's College Choir
The People’s College Choir is a mixed-voice choir (SATB) of 47 members. It was founded in 1993 as part of the wider cultural programme of courses and subjects offered by the People’s College Adult Education Association, Dublin. The members of the choir come from all parts of Dublin and their repertoire reflects their eclectic musical tastes; from madrigals, spirituals and traditional Irish airs to arrangements of modern popular songs. The choir performs at a variety of functions, concerts and charitable events. It has participated in festivals both at home and abroad, having travelled to Denmark (2000), Italy (2004) and Austria (2008) and has undertaken choral exchanges with other European choirs, most notably with Chantes Esnandes (France 2007), Coral lo Lliri (Spain 2010) and the Llanberis Male Voice Choir (2015). The choir rehearses every Tuesday night from 8.30 – 10.00 pm in Club na Múinteóirí (the Teachers’ Club), Parnell Square. New members are welcome and sight reading is not a necessity.
Location: Dublin city centre
Conductor: Paul Walsh
T: 087 7446787
The Ulysses Chamber Choir
The Ulysses Chamber Choir is a mixed voice (SATB) Dublin-based choir founded in 1992. We sing in four or more parts and currently have around 22 choir members. Our musical director is Fergal Caulfield. Fergal studied music at Trinity College Dublin, from which he graduated with BA and PhD degrees. He is repetiteur for the RTE Philharmonic Choir and works regularly as keyboard player with the RTE National Symphony and RTE Concert orchestras.
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 6.45pm to 8.45pm in Ely House, 8 Ely Place, located in Dublin City Centre, just off St. Stephen's Green. Ulysses Chamber Choir is currently looking for good choral singers who are motivated, committed, with previous experience in choral singing to augment and improve the choir.
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Third Day Chorale
This Northside choir was founded as an oratorio choir in 1975 by Marie O’Shea, a native of Cork who studied music in UCC. The choir gets its name from the Parish Church of Bayside, Sutton - the Church of the Resurrection where the choir rehearses there each Wednesday night from 7.45 – 10pm.
In early 2010 the musical directorship was taken up by Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh who graduated from NUI Maynooth. Ruaidhrí was Musical Director until May 2015. In September 2015 Dr Edward Cetto took on this role. Edward Cetto is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford and the University of Iowa.
The choir has continued in its dedication to oratorio and sacred music and also sings many other styles of music including spirituals, ‘Pop’, songs from musicals, Irish Airs etc., has annual concerts in May and December and performs in a number of different locations throughout the year.
Friendship and fun while enjoying choral music, is the hallmark of the Third Day Chorale. New members are always welcome so please visit our website www.thirddaychorale.com.
Unison World Music Choir
In its sixth year, the choir is an important initiative in the Clondalkin area of South Dublin. It promotes social inclusion, cultural diversity and artistic expression. The members are from diverse backgrounds and include the following nationalities: Irish, Iraqi, Russian, Moldovan, Belorussian, Dutch, Italian, Czech, Latvian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, French, English, Chinese and Georgian.
The choir has participated in many cultural events, organised by local communities and by South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council and the Office of the European Commission in Ireland. Last year the choir competed in the annual Pan Celtic Festival, Mayo Choral Festival and Cork Choral Festival. At the invitation of the Mayor of Moscow, some members of the choir also participated in a music festival in Moscow in 2010. Last year the choir has been invited to participate in a European festival based in Sicily.
Musical director of the Unison World Music Choir is Anna Shubina (Russian conductor), who holds a third-level degree in Folk Choir and Creative Music Group Direction from Ogaryov Mordovian State University, Russia.
Guided by the multicultural diversity of its members, the choir’s repertoire includes songs from each of the nationalities, sung in the native language of that culture. Accompaniment is generally on piano, but whistles, uilleann pipes and guitar are also used in some of the arrangements.
University of Dublin Choral Society
Founded in 1837, The University of Dublin Choral Society (UDCS) is the oldest and largest choir in Trinity College. We are a four part mixed voice choir, consisting of undergraduates, postgraduates and staff. Choral specialises in performing large-scale choral works with full orchestral accompaniment both within and outside the walls of Trinity College. We typically perform two concerts per year, with one in each of the main terms, Michaelmas Term and Hilary Term. We rehearse each week on Wednesday evenings in Regent House (just above Front Arch) from 7pm until 9pm under the direction of our professional conductor, David Leigh. We enthusiastically encourage people of all voices and ages to join the society. While previous experience of choral singing or the ability to read music is advantageous, the most important requirements are to have a love of music and to be willing to put in hard work!
Conductor: David Leigh
AOIC is awaiting further information for the following member choirs in Dublin:
- Lassus Scholars / Piccolo Lasso
- Rockford Manor Sec. School Choir
- Wesley College
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