Education & Training

AOIC Come and Sing; Handel's 'Messiah'


Handel's 'Messiah'


Bernie Sherlock, Conductor

Newman University Church, 87A St Stephen's Green, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2

Saturday 24th March, 2018

Come and workshop excerpts of Handel's Messiah with inspirational conductor Bernie Sherlock on Saturday March 24th 2017 in the Dublin, leading to a performance 6pm. All singers are welcome to take part. 


Soprano- Rachel Croash

Mezzo Soprano- Dominica Williams

Tenor- Ross Scanlon

Baritone- David Howes

Fee: €20 per participant (tea/coffee provided) 

Non AOIC members: €30 (tea/coffee provided) 

Concert attendee tickets: €5 each



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10.00am  Registration & tea/coffee

10.45am  Warm-up & rehearsal

1.00pm  Lunch break

2.15pm  Rehearsal

3.30pm  Break

3.45pm  Rehearsal

5.00pm Tea/coffee

6.00pm Performance/concert 





Ross Scanlon

Irish born Tenor Ross Scanlon trained at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he was awarded the Michael McNamara Gold Medal of excellence in performance and at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he studied with Phil Doghan.

At the Royal Academy of Music Opera School, his roles included Lurcanio Ariodante, Masino La vera costanza,Monostatos Die Zauberflöte and Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos.

Elsewhere, his roles have included Le Thérière L'Enfant et les sortlièges with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, London. Hot Biscuit Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera, Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for Irish Youth Opera, The Bookkeeper The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonnyfor OTC, Dublin, Remendado Carmen for Lyric Opera, Dublin, Bill A Hand of Bridge, Remendado Carmen and TaminoThe Magic Flute for Glasthule Opera.

Ross sings widely in concert, his engagements most notably including Alexander's Feast, Messiah and The Creation with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Messiah at the Halle Festival, Germany, at the Handel Music Festival, Dublin, and with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as performances with choral societies through the UK and Ireland. 

Recent engagements include creating the role of 'Ed' in 'A Belfast Opera' conducted by David Brophy in association with Northern Ireland Opera, recital for both the Irish and British Embassies at Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid and Tenor soloist for The London Concrodia Foundation Christmas Gala, St Paul’s, Covent garden.

Rachel Croash

Dublin Soprano Rachel Croash was a finalist in the 9th Festspiele Immling International Singing Competition and was subsequently invited to perform the role of Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Gilda in scenes of Rigoletto in the Festival’s Verdi Gala in 2017.

A graduate of Maynooth University and The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Rachel was an Opera Theatre Company HUB Artist and the recipient of numerous awards including The Wexford Festival Opera Aria Friends Award and WFO & PwC Emerging Artist Bursary.

Rachel recently performed in the premiere of Brian Irvine’s ‘Opera - It’s all about like…’ for the launch of Irish National Opera, other roles include Una (Eithne, Opera Theatre Company), Mrs.Coyle (Owen Wingrave, Opera Collective Ireland), Fiordiligi  (Così fan tutte, Lismore Opera Festival), Susanna (Susanna’s Secret, Opera Theatre Company), Serafina (Il Campanello); Reneé (Koanga); Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel); Annina (La Traviata, Wexford Festival Opera), Valencienne (The Merry Widow, Lyric Opera Productions), Frasquita (Carmen, RTÉ Concert Orchestra; Cork Operatic Society), Gorm (Flatpack, Ulysses Theatre Company) and Narrator (The Oldest Woman in Limerick, Wide Open Opera). 

Oratorio engagements include Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with The Guinness Choir, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Culwick Choral Society; Maynooth University Choral Society and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes Confessore and Bach’s Cantata 41 at St.Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.

She has performed in Concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, The Wexford Sinfonia, City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra, Drogheda International Classical Music Series, Ardee Baroque Festival and in Recital for The Music in Great Irish Houses Festival, Music for Galway, Dublin Philharmonic Society, Sligo Con Brio, The Contemporary Music Centre and The Metropolitan Club, New York.

Rachel made her recording debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, singing ‘Press Closer’ from Michael Gallen’s suite ‘Wilde Stories’, which was commissioned by RTÉ Lyric Fm.

Future engagements include Madame Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor with INO, Elvira in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri with Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and a return to Festspiele Immling for a revival of Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice as well as concert performances with The RTÉ Concert Orchestra/Opera Collective Ireland, Our Lady’s Choral Society and Limerick Choral Union.

 David Howes

 David Howes is a Baritone from Limerick where he began his studies with Olive Cowpar. David now studies with Robert Dean and is a graduate of the distinguished Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera.

In opera, David has performed the roles of Jack and Flynn in the world premier of Andrew Synott’s Dubliners. Other roles include those from Rigoletto, Der Schauespieldirektor, Madame Butterfly, la boheme, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Traviata, Silent Night, Tosca, and le nozze di Figaro with companies such as Lyric Opera, OTC, Buxton Opera Festival, Irish National Opera, and Wexford Opera Festival.


Highlights in oratorio include: Baritone solo in Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria and the Bass solos in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Requiems by Saint-Saens, Mozart, and Faure, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, Vaughan Williams’ First Nowell with Culwick Choral Society, Haydn's Nelson Mass and The Creation, and Handel's Messiah, Dettingen Te Deum and Dixit Dominus with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

David has had the privilege of covering the Title Role and Masetto in Don Giovanni (NI Opera) that was directed by Oliver Mears, the newly appointed Artistic Director of The Royal Opera House. In recent years David has had the honour of partaking in masterclasses with Simon Keenlyside, Sir Thomas Allen, Ian Burnside and Ann Murray.


Future engagements include: Covering the Title role in le nozze di Figaro with Irish National Opera, Stanford’s Requiem with The Newquay Singers, Brahms’ Requiem with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, and recitals for the Dublin Philharmonic Society in May 2018, and in the Rua Centre, Ballyrowan in late 2018.

 Dominica Williams

Dominica Williams - Mezzo-Soprano Dominica is a mezzo-soprano from Dublin. At the beginning of this year, she sang the mezzo role in ‘Opera — it’s all about like…’ by Brian Irvine at the launch of Irish National Opera, and she will sing the role of Second Bridesmaid in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ with INO in April. As a Young Artist with Northern Ireland Opera (2016/2017), she sang the role of Dorabella in an abridged touring production of ‘Così fan Tutte’ by Mozart. She previously sang the role of Second Secretary in the cover performance of ‘Nixon in China’ with the National Symphony Orchestra and Wide Open Opera & Second Maiden in Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ with NI Opera. Dominica frequently sings in opera choruses, working with companies such as Opera Holland Park, Opera Theatre Company, NI Opera, and Wide Open Opera. Dominica has a passion for contemporary music, and she was thrilled to be asked to perform four new works for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola, and harpsichord with members of Kirkos Ensemble for the Irish Composers’ Collective in November 2016. She sang in a masterclass with baritone Simon Keenlyside as part of the New Music Dublin festival in the National Concert Hall in March 2017 and she is currently covering the role of Amy in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s new opera ‘The Second Violinist’, which has already enjoyed successful runs in Galway and Dublin, and travels to the Barbican, London, this September. As an oratorio and concert soloist, Dominica has sung with the Ulster Orchestra, East Cork Choral Society, Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, Dublin County Choir, University of Dublin Choral Society and AIB Choral Society. She is delighted to be singing alto solos for ‘Messiah’ highlights with the Association of Irish Choirs on March 24th. Dominica continues her vocal studies with Judith Mok in Dublin. uses cookies to analyse traffic through the site and help us improve user experience. By continuing to use this site you agree to the use of cookies. More information Accept