Choral Diary - Dublin


DATE:  18/12/2018

TIM:  8pm


The Palestrina Choir

St Mary's Pro-Cathedral Girls' Choir

Dublin Bach Singers


Hannah Gries, soprano

Alison Browner, alto

Conor Prendiville, tenor

Benjamin Russell, bass


Marlborough Baroque

Thérèse Timoney, leader


Blánaid Murphy, conductor

VENUE:  St Mary's Pro-Cathedral


Continuum Youth Choir, soprano Sharon Lyons, organist David Grealy



TICKETS FROM:  http://bit.ly/2qnWLGh

Christmas Concert

DATE:  Sunday, December 9th

TIME:  7pm

Annual Christmas Concert. Guest soloist:Kathleen Turner. Programme includes Chilcott 'Christmas Story'.


VENUE:  St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

CONDUCTOR:  David Milne

OTHER PERFORMERS:  Kathleen Turner, Stuart Nicholson


TICKETS FROM:  eventbrite.ie

FURTHER DETAILS:  guinnesschoir.org



I'll Be Home For Christmas - Lucy O'Byrne in Concert

Following a hectic couple of years coming runner-up in BBC's The Voice UK, and having since starred in The Sound of Music, Les Miserables and Evita, Lucy returns home to give an intimate concert of festive classics just in time for Christmas.
Special guests to be announced

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 from 20:00-22:00

The Playhouse @ Song and Dance Studios, College Street, Baldoyle

Tickets €15. Visit www.songanddanceireland.com or call 0851465033.


DATE:  Saturday 8th December 2018

TIME:  4pm

Dublin Youth Choir and Dublin Youth Chamber Choir present a special programme of winter music and Christmas carols


VENUE:  Unitarian Church

CONDUCTOR:  Lynsey Callaghan

TICKET PRICES:  €11 - adult €5.50 - student/child



Culwick Christmas

Special guests soprano Rachel Croash, the Dublin Brass Quintet, and the DIT Youth Choir join forces with the Culwick Choral Society and their award-winning conductor Bernie Sherlock for this year's unmissable celebration of Christmas featuring much-loved carols, music and songs from across the ages.


The Culwick is proud to present the World Premiere of The Happy Grass by Seán Doherty, specially commissioned by the Culwick to celebrate its 120th anniversary. The choir’s long, long tradition is beautifully reflected in Brendan Kennelly’s poem The Happy Grass which honours the eternal nature of song in human society. This brilliant new piece honours all Culwick singers – past, present and future – and by extension all singers and those who love singing.


And then, following on from the choir’s huge audience hit in December 2015 with Cecilia McDowell’s A Winter’s Night, the Culwick is greatly looking forward to performing another of McDowell’s sparkling Christmas cantatas: Christus natus est. In what will be a most memorable Irish premiere, Christus natus est magically weaves together five favourite carols with soprano soloist, brass ensemble, organ, percussion, children’s choir, and of course the Culwick Choral Society in full voice!


Other highlights of the evening include two sublime Christmas motets from the sixteenth-century by Giovanni Gabrieli, Christmas music from Messiah, Stuart Nicholson’s exciting Lord of the Dance, the traditional lullabye Suantraí with Rachel Croash, a rollicking Rudolph performed by the DIT Youth Choir, and a medley of much-loved carols with the Dublin Brass Quintet.


The audience will be greeted and hosted throughout the concert by our special compère, the outstanding Irish broadcaster Olivia O’Leary.

In all, a lovely evening is in the offing and a delightful beginning to the Christmas season.


For further information, please contact:




National Concert Hall

4th December, 8pm


The Culwick Choral Society

Rachel Croash, soprano

David O’Shea, Organ

DIT Youth Choir

Dublin Brass Quintet

Compère, Olivia O’Leary


Conductor, Bernie Sherlock



National Concert Hall, Tuesday 4th December, 8pm

Tickets €6 - €27



Christmas Concert

DATE:  09/12/2018

TIME:  4pm


Frascati Singers Annual Christmas Concert with Favourite Carols


VENUE:  St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Mount Merrion Ave, Blackrock

CONDUCTOR:  Eunan McDonald

OTHER PERFORMERS:  Susan McKeown & Máiread Déiseach



Tickets at the door on the day or online through Eventbrite. U12’s free, complimentary tea, coffee & mince pies after the performance



Mellow Tonics Christmas concert

Mellow Tonics choir present their annual Christmas concert, As The Snowflakes Fall, in Trinity Chapel on Sunday Dec 9th at 6pm.


All proceeds to The Irish Motor Neurone Association.


Tickets available through Eventbrite

Rorate Coeli - Cuore Christmas Concert

DATE:  01/12/2018

TIME:  8pm


A seasonal concert of Advent music and Christmas favourites, in association with the Peter McVerry Trust.



St Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin Westland Row, Dublin 2



TICKET PRICES:  €12 / €8 conc.

TICKETS FROM:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/52237410501


Our title piece 'Rorate Coeli' by the 16th century composer Francisco Guerrero sets the scene for our programme of heavenly choral works by Palestrina, Reger, Tchaikovsky and others, topped off with a sprinkling of traditional and seasonal Christmas Carols.


Since Cuore's foundation in 2014 we have won first prizes at most of the major competitions in Ireland including multiple trophies at Cork International Choral Festival earlier this year.


The Peter McVerry Trust is a registered charity and has been opening doors for 35 years to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage.




A Magical Musical Christmas

DATE:  12th December 2018

TIME:  7.30pm


Dolce presents its annual Christmas concert with a selection of old and new Christmas songs and carols.



Church of our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace, Raheny, Dublin 5.


CONDUCTOR:  Deirdre Ní Chaomhánaigh

OTHER PERFORMERS  Accompanist: Celine Kelly


TICKETS FROM:  EventBrite.ie or at the door

Phil Coll

DATE:  10th December 2018

TIME:  8.00pm

 A Concert of Festive Choral Music

VENUE:  Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Ave, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

CONDUCTOR:  Rosemary O'Brien


Sandford & St Philip's Parish Choral Scholars, Four Winds Brass Ensemble, Gonzaga College Orchestra, Sandford Parish National School Choir


TICKET PRICES:  Free Event - a collection will be made in aid of TRUST


DATE:  Monday 10th December

TIME:  8pm


A Christmas concert featuring ANAM Chamber Choir (Dublin) and St Molaga's School Choirs (Balbriggan)


VENUE:  Ss Peter and Paul's Church

CONDUCTOR:  Annalisa Monitcelli


School choirs conducted by Jennifer Ferguson, Ruth Gray, Patricia Hegarty, Mairead Kiely


TICKET PRICES:  donation at door



Christmas Songs

DATE:  13th December 2018

TIME:  6pm

The Supertones present a journey through a winter wonderland in Blackrock Library.


VENUE:  Blackrock Library, Dublin

CONDUCTOR:  Julie Shanley

OTHER PERFORMERS:  Zacharie Fetchati



DATE:  20/12/2018

TIME:  8pm

A festive concert to round off the year

Arvo Pärt: Magnificat

John Tavener: The Lamb

John Tavener: God is With Us

GF Handel: Christmas Sequence from 'Messiah'

A selection of Christmas carols and seasonal favourites.


VENUE:  St Ann's Church, Dawson Street

CONDUCTOR:  Blanaid Murphy


Continuum Youth Choir, soprano Sharon Lyons, organist David Grealy



TICKETS FROM:  http://bit.ly/2T5BK09

Carols by Candlelight

DATE:  10th December

TIME:  19:30

Carols by candlelight in the beautiful All Hallows Chapel. Mulled wine and mince pie reception after.


VENUE:  All Hallows Chapel, Drumcondra

CONDUCTOR:  Christina Whyte

OTHER PERFORMERS:  Will Palmer: Trumpet and Ronan Murray: Piano

TICKET PRICES:  Free admission

TICKETS_FROM:  No tickets required



Carraig Dove Christmas Concert

DATE:  Sunday 16th of December
TIME:  5pm

Nocturnes, canons, carols, Christmas songs, poetry.

VENUE:  Baker's Corner, Kill o' the Grange, Dun Laoghaire
CONDUCTOR:  Julie Shanley
OTHER PERFORMERS  Duncan Brickenden
TICKETS FROM:  contact pcronnelly@gmail.com for tickets
FURTHER DETAILS:  Glass of mulled wine and mince pie included in ticket price.

Maynooth University Chamber Choir Christmas concert

On Thursday 13th December, The Maynooth University Chamber Choir are putting on their annual Christmas concert and this year we're raising funds for Barnardos children's charity. It's in St Andrew's, Westland Row, at 8pm. Should be finished by 9.30pm. 


Tickets are €10 (and €5 for concession). Available on eventbrite, or on the door. 


All children twelve yrs or under get in for free, no need to buy a ticket for them! 


Eventbrite Link




Here is a list of pieces we are singing. 


Gloria - Vivaldi (opening movement) 

In Dulci Jubilo

Riu Riu Chiu

In The Bleak Mid Winter - Holst

Don Oiche ud i mBeithil

Coventry Carol

Beati Quorum Via - Stanford 

Wexford Carol

Wade In The Water - Hogan 

Baba Yetu - Tinn

Ave Maria - Bruckner

O Salutaris Hostia - Miskinis



And yes, there will be audience participation so we'll all sing a few tunes together. I'm also going to create a little junior super chamber choir out of all of the 12 year olds and younger, to come up and sing Jingle Bells and Away in A Manger. This will be hilarious and adorable! 

Bach Christmas Oratorio

DATE:  17 December 2018

TIME:  8pm


Bach Christmas Oratorio Parts 1,3 and 4

Settings of Ave Maria by Pärt and Rachmaninoff Carols



CONDUCTOR:  John Dexter


Katy Kelly, Christina Whyte, Dustin Drosdziok, Eoghan Desmond


TICKET PRICES:  €15 - 25 Usual discounts


Winter Dreams

DATE:  15/12/2018

TIME:  8pm


Join Ború and Ossia Youth Choir, accompanied by festive strings, as they perform a selection of seasonal favourites in the beautiful surroundings of St. John The Baptist Church, Clontarf. With performances from special guests, covering everything from carols to Christmas classics, this choral spectacular guarantees to put you in the festive spirit!


VENUE:  Church of St. John The Baptist, Clontarf

CONDUCTOR:  Carmel Whelan


Piano: Bryan Mullen, Strings: David O'Doherty, Niall Mannion, Ilona Adams, Andrew Yay, Dan Bodwell


TICKET PRICES:  €15 general admission, €50 family of 4



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