Festivals, Events & Initiatives

National Choral Singing Week, in association with Mental Health Ireland, will take place from 8th to 14th October 2018.

Choral events will be organised all over the country by choirs, schools and other groups to mark World Mental Health Day and to highlight the fact that choral singing is good for your mental health!

Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. The release of these endorphins can leave you feeling completely rejuvenated. 

Please get involved by sending AOIC your events - it can be an open rehearsal, a performance or a coffee morning with singing as part of it! Please get in contact with us if you'd like your event added: aoic@ul.ie.


How group singing can help promote mental wellbeing

Positive feelings: Singing has been shown to be a joyful and uplifting experience. It generates a sense of positive mood, happiness and enjoyment. Such positive feelings also counteract feelings of stress or anxiety and help to distract people from internal negative thoughts and feelings.

Expectation and hope: Enjoyable activities such as singing with others are things people will look forward to each week. They can become highlights of the week and positive memories remain alive for hours and days afterwards. Where an activity involves working towards a goal such as a performance, there are enhanced expectations of rewarding outcomes.

Self-belief: A change of identity can occur for people with mental health issues by participating in group singing, from thinking of themselves as choir members. This can raise a sense of self-esteem and confidence and performance events can bring a sense of social recognition and status. Performances help to reduce stigma and labelling by others.

Abilities and skills: Confidence is brought about by the ability to repeat previously learned tasks or skills (including social skills), with a high degree of accuracy. Successful skills might also help to improve success in new, related skills, when tried for the first time. Learning new songs or harmonising parts of songs, can help concentration and focus, and stimulate learning and memory. Concentration can also provide a distraction from other concerns, leading to respite from them.

Social support and networking: Singing in a group offers the opportunity to build social capital, encourage social inclusion and raised status of the members, and creates an opportunity for communities to come together.

Organisation and structure: Structure is something that is easily lost when ill. People can feel adrift and disconnected. Having the purpose and goal of attending a weekly group can be motivating and create an anchor upon which other weekly activities might build.


Events 2018


Minded by Music

On World Mental Health Day 2018 10th October we are officially launching Minded by Music with a charity concert featuring local performers. 

Please come along to help support an incredibly worthy cause and hear some of our fabulous local talent from both young people and not quite so young people!
Tickets are free with donations to the work of Minded by Music on the night.

Our charity aims to:

- Raise awareness of the importance of music education in schools and its benefits to pupils’ mental health, self-esteem, social skills and academic performance across the full spectrum of subjects

- Establish a Minded By Music Youth Choir to allow young people aged 11-18 to get together in a friendly, fun, no pressure environment to sing uplifting and accessible music

- Hold concerts for the local community to spread the benefits and enjoyment gained from listening to and engaging with music

- Run lunchtime music making workshops in local schools as a form of stress relief during the school day

- Deliver talks to teachers to promote the use of music in the classroom and discuss how music can be incorporated into all subjects even if it is simply listening to calming music during study

- Provide bursaries for individuals from low income households to enable them to engage further in music (for example to subsidise music lessons)

- Provide bursaries for local schools to provide extra resources that will allow more pupils to get engaged in music


The event starts at 7.30pm in Ballyclare Town Hall, County Antrim and tickets are free with donations to the work of Minded by Music on the night.

Open Rehearsal

ParSonik - a community choir in Belfast belonging to Parkinson’s UK - will hold an open rehearsal on Saturday 13 October, from 3.30-4.00. Friends, family, people with Parkinson’s and interested members of the public will be welcome to come and sing a few songs with us.

ParSonik was formed in 2015, based on the Sing to Beat Parkinson’s movement, in which Prof Grenville Hancox is key. It is a choir formed of people living with the condition and their supporters. Weekly sessions (and home practice using rehearsal recordings) has helped some members to maintain or improve their vocal strength and clarity. Supporters often find respite and support from time spent with others who can share their experience.

Event: ParSonik open rehearsal

Date: Saturday 13 October

Time: 3.30 - 4.00

Venue: St Anne’s Parish Centre, Finaghy, Belfast




Open Rehearsal 

Voices of Cork Community Choir planning to hold an open rehearsal with a coffee evening during the break for chats on Wednesday 10th October, from 7.15pm - 9.30 pm.

The open rehearsal will take place in St Patrick's Infant Primary School, Gardiners Hill, Cork

Our musical director Eamon Nash will be leading us in the open rehearsal. Our choir aim to highlight the wonderful benefits of singing on our mental health and the joy we get singing together as a group. We are an adult community choir and welcome all levels of ability.





The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience

DATE:  Saturday 13th October
TIME:  2-5pm

Pop up choir workshop with a difference! Learn all those amazing harmonies to the Queen song, Bohemian Rhapsody, then enjoy blasting them out to the backing track with others!

VENUE:  Cox's Hall, Dunmanway, Co.Cork

CONDUCTOR:  Caz Jeffreys and Jane Goss


Please contact either Caz or Jane to book your place cazjeffreys@gmail.com

Open Rehearsal

Cór na nÓg Inis Céin a youth choir in the West Cork parish of Enniskeane are hosting an open rehearsal and on this rehearsal night we will also be launching our new song which was composed especially for Cór na nÓg Inis Céin. The song called 'My Guardian Angel Friend' was composed recently by my father Colum Cronin who is one of the musicians for this youth choir. This song promotes mental health in different ways. The opening lyrics "When darkness hides the light of hope, who helps you see the stars" are a testament to that. On the night we will begin teaching this song to the choir and in turn aim to promote mental health. In the near future we will hopefully record the song. 

We will host this event on October 8th at 19.00-20.00 pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Enniskeane. All children between the ages of eight and eighteen years are welcome on the night.

Open Rehearsals 

To celebrate National Choral Singing Week Sonatina Music Academy will have open rehearsals for three of our adult groups.  If you are interested in attending one of these open rehearsals please contact rachel.sonatinamusicacademy@gmail.com. Booking is important as places are limited for out open rehearsals. Enjoy the wonders and positive benefits the voice and group choral participation has to offer. 

 The Show Stoppers: Monday 8.15 - 9.30p.m. Our adult Musical theatre Group.       Venue: Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil, Dunkettle, Glanmire, Cork

The Hill Harmonics Choir: (adult mixed choir) Tuesday 7.30-9.30p.m. Venue: the First Fruit Arts Centre, Watergrasshill, Cork 

The Sonatinas (adult female choir) Wednesday 7.30-9.30p.m. Venue: Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil, Dunkettle, Glanmire, Cork. 

Open Rehearsal

The Carrigaline Choral Group will have an Open Rehearsal next Wednesday 10th October at Carrigaline Educate Together National School at 7.30pm. This marks part of National Choral Singing Week. Vacancies in all voices, Tenors and Basses are especially welcome! For more information contact Mary 0872325913.

Open Rehearsal

ABC's The Saint Aloysius Barbershop Singers, the first school barbershop chorus in Ireland will have an open rehearsal from 1 - 2 in our school, Main St, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. Everyone is welcome to come along to observe and join in. This is also an opportunity for new students to join our chorus.

Open Rehearsal

Clonakilty Voices will be holding an Open Rehearsal for National Choral Singing Week. Details as follows:

Wednesday 10th Oct.

8:00 - 9:30

Clonakilty Parish Hall

Facebook link as follows:





City of Derry International Choir Festival (24-28 October)
Symposium on 'Singing, Health & Wellbeing', Wednesday 24 October

The City of Derry International Choir Festival's Symposium will be held in the Ulster University Magee campus on Wednesday 24 October from 10.00 to 12.00. The discussion will focus on a research paper by Dr Hilary Moss UL, entitled 'Singing, Health and Wellbeing', the largest international study of its kind to date. Contributors will include representatives from music and health backgrounds, as well as a performance from the local Derry choir, Melodies and Memories, whose members comprise mainly older members of the community living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. This Symposium is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
For more details, see https://www.derrychoirfest.com/2018-festival/ or contact Grainne Stevenson, Acting Festival Manager:
Email: grainne.stevenson@derrychoirfest.com
Tel: 07970 788935


Open Rehearsal

An open rehearsal & social evening hosted by the Rathfarnham Gospel Choir aimed at all ages and abilities will take place on 10th October.

The rehearsal will be led by Fiona Baldwin, RGC's music director, and aims to not only raise awareness of the benefits of singing and music for mental and physical health, but also to highlight the wonderfully social element of performing in a group. 

All are welcome to this free event, which is open to all ages and abilities. Those attending will have the chance to chat over light refreshments after the rehearsal. 

The event starts at 7.30pm in Rathfarnham Parish Centre. Those planning to attend are asked to register their interest by email at singrathfarnham@gmail.com or by texting 087-6842289 in advance. 

New composition performance

Ba mhaith linn tú a chur ar an eolas go léireofar

Aifreann le Kevin O’Connell

den chéad uair riamh

11:00am Dé Domhnaigh, 14 Deireadh Fómhair 2018,

in Leas-ardeaglais Naomh Mhuire, Sráid Marlborough, Baile Átha Cliath 1

Is iad Palestrina and Senior Girl Choristers a chanfaidh an t-Aifreann,

faoi stiúir ag an stiúrthóir cóir Blánaid Murphy

agus faoi thionlacan ag an orgánaí David Grealy

Cumadh Aifreann le linn Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 ar iarratas na teaghlach seo a leanas:

Kerrigan Quinn, Meek Conlon, Moore Murphy, O’Driscoll McDonagh,

O’Driscoll Murray, O’Shea Farren agus Quinn Elliot.

Is Aifreann poiblí é seo agus tá fáilte roimh chách

The first performance of a new Irish language Mass, the first Irish language Mass composition to contain the new setting of the Mass.

It was composed by Kevin O’Connell and will be performed by the Palestrina Choir and the Senior Girl Choristers of the ProCathedral in Dublin, under the direction of their choral director, Blánaid Murphy, as part of 11 a.m. Solemn Mass at the ProCathedral on Sunday 14th October, 2018.

Singing Bach Workshop 

Hosted by Irish Doctors Choir on  Saturday 13th October 2018.

Singing together is known to improve health and well-being so its good that the Irish Doctors Choir are taking some of their own medicine! 

This workshop  is  a one day exploration for choral singers of works by JS Bach. It will be led IDC's Music Director, the well-known Irish conductor Brian McKay.

Venue The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Dublin 4. 

Participation is open to all singers.

Find out more and get (participation) tickets on Eventbrite.

Open Rehearsal 

Choir of Church of the Divine Word in Marley Grange Rathfarnham, Dublin would like to welcome everyone at their open rehearsal on the 9th of October at 7.30pm in the church.

Open Rehearsal 

Choir of St Jude the Apostle Church, Templeogue, Dulin 6w would like to invite everyone to their open rehearsal on the 11th of October at 7.15pm in the church.

Goethe-Institut Choir

Love to sing?  Want to rehearse Bach, Rachmaninoff and Pärt with one of Dublin's leading choirs?  

We are inviting singers to join our rehearsal. You can sing with us and there will be refreshments on the night too. We look forward to seeing you there!   

When & Where: 

Tues 9th Oct at 7.15pm in the Lutherhaus Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. For more details please see our website Joining the choir — Goethe-Institut Choir Dublin.  

Short Recital

In support of UCD Mental Health Week the UCD Community Choir will be perform on the ground floor of the O'Brien Centre for Science on Tuesday, 9th October at 1.15pm for a short recital of: 

  • High Hopes
  • Lean on Me
  • This is Me

The UCD Community Choir currently has over 120 members from all across the UCD community and the choir is directed by the incredibly talented choir master Caoimhe O’Neill, who expertly guides those present through a variety of songs from a various popular artists such as Snow Patrol and Bruno Mars.

Join in the fun every Tuesday during term time from 1-2pm, on the 4th floor of UCD O’Brien Centre for Science.  No experience is required and all are welcome to come along.  

Enquiries to paula.fogarty@ucd.ie




Open rehearsal

Mountbellew folk choir Co Galway will have an open rehearsal on Friday night the 9th of October to celebrate national choral singing week with refreshments after. Anyone is welcome to join us.



Mental Health Concert

Limerick Choral Union, St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick cathedral choir, Killaloe Male Voice Choir, East clare community choir and the Voices of Limerick are performing at st Marys cathedral Limerick on October 12th at 7.30.



Sing Along

Roscrea Community Choir are having a Sing along on October 8th at 8.30 pm in the Methodist Hall, followed by a chat and a cup of tea.




Dordan Male Voice Choir will be singing at The Waterford Health Park.

Slievekeale Road ,Waterford.

On Thur.Morning At 11.00 am.

So please come along and enjoy.



Open Rehearsal 

Bray choral society are having on open rehearsal Tuesday 9th October from 7.30 to 9.30.Everyone is welcome! We will be working with Wicklow Choral Society on "Invictus: A Passion" by Howard Goodall. We will be presenting the ROI premiere of this brand new work on 2nd February 2019 in St Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin 2.



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