Choirs in the Republic of
Anúna was formed in 1987 by
The group perform material spanning 1000 years of history. Their name
Anúna comes from the Irish An Uaithne, the collective
name for the three ancient types of Irish music Suantraí [lullaby],
Geantraí [happy song] & Goltraí [lament].
is a mixed-voiced choir with members from all over
Connemara in the west of Ireland that has sung together since it was
founded in 1999. The choir is currently stepping up its contribution to
the local community through more concerts and events. Cantairí Chonamara
has a broad repertoire of short songs and longer choral works to draw
from. It is also learning new pieces suitable for specific events.
While the main focus is on classical works, the choir also has a range
of lighter pieces in many styles.
Carlow Choral Society
Since 1965 Carlow Choral Society has become one of the most eminent
names in an astounding Irish network of choral music. This success has
been the result of the many talented and skilled succession of musical
directors that the society has befriended since its instalment. With
over 60 members (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass) from all over County
Carlow and surrounding counties, all singers come from many backgrounds
but share in common a passion for choral music, singing and a commitment
to performing to audiences throughout Carlow and Ireland. The choir
rehearses every Monday evening between September and May in St. Patricks
College, Carlow. Under the new musical direction and talents of Niall
Kinsella since January 2014, Carlow Choral Society has become more
determined to share with our audience a highly enjoyable choral
expedience. We always welcome new members at the beginning of each term
each Monday night. If you would like to join a diverse group of people
of all ages who love to sing, we are always open to
enthusiastic and interested singers. Although the ability
to read music is not a requirement, it is an advantage.
Carlton Singers -
The Carlton Singers, a madrigal group, were formed in 1983. Five of the original members are featured on their first album. The group got its name from The Flying Carlton Showband. Currently, the Carlton Singers, is made up of people from 9 different Irish counties with representatives from Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Clare, Wexford, Roscommon, Tipperary, Kerry & Cork, it makes for a heady mix of banter & song! The group is based in Drogheda, as we all live in the greater Navan/Drogheda region.
Carra Choral Group -
A four part Choral group with
20 members and have been established for over four years.
The members come from an area covering Belcarra, Balla, Manulla Castlebar, & Carnacon. We meet once a week in Belcarra
Church for practice & we also enjoy frequent social occasions. Our
aim is to strive for perfection in our music but also to enjoy the
social and friendly aspects of meeting people with the same love of song
Cathedral Youth Choir Waterford
- The Cathedral Youth Choir was formed in 1983 with the majority of the choir being formed by secondary school students in the Waterford area. The choir grew in size and at its height, there were over 120 members in the choir. Today the choir is smaller in number but is still dedicated to providing music and song for the Vigil Mass in the Cathedral, Barronstrand
Street, Waterford. Recently the choir supported the Harlem Gospel Choir
at a very special performance in the Forum, Waterford.
Celtic Choristers -
Formed in 1998, the Celtic Choristers is a relatively
new Male Voice choir based in St Mary’s College, Rathmines Dublin. We
have steadily established ourselves in the Choral World and our
membership currently stands at forty. The choir has developed a diverse
musical style, which encompasses popular, spiritual and classical
compositions, in addition to the more traditional Irish and Welsh Hymn
formats. We have performed in the National Concert Hall and in The Royal
Hospital Kilmainham. We regularly perform at social, charity and
religious events in Dublin and further afield. At competition level we
have competed successfully in New Ross, Navan, Llandudno Wales and the
Sligo and Coleraine International Choral Festivals.
Christ Church Cathedral Dublin -
Christ Church cathedral choir enjoys an
enviable reputation as one of Ireland's most outstanding choirs, and is
constantly in demand to perform in concerts, on tours and on radio
broadcasts nationwide. Tracing its origins back to 1493 with the
founding of the choir school, the cathedral choir has always been highly
regarded in Dublin's musical life and took part in the first performance
of Messiah in Dublin in 1742.
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Waterford
The cathedral choir numbers some 20 singers and is robed. There is a
weekly rehearsal on Thursays at 6pm and a short rehearsal before the
10am service on Sunday mornings. As is the tradition in many churches
they sing a setting of the Eucharist and a communion anthem on the first
and third Sundays on the month and Matins on the second with a setting
of at least one of the canticles together with the psalm and other
music. On the fourth Sunday (Service of the Word) a junior choir takes
over in the morning while the choir sings a traditional Choral Evensong
at 7pm with an introit, settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimmittis,
an anthem, sung responses and special organ music. On Easter Sunday they
will sing a special Festival Eucharist which will include the Coronation
Mass and Laudate Dominum while the voluntary will be the Fantasia and
Fugue in F minor. If you are interested in joining the choir, please
contact the Cathedral at
– new members are always welcome!
City of Cork Male Voice Choir
- The City of Cork Male Voice Choir is an amateur TTBB choir founded in May 1968.The Choir is renowned for its versatility and dedication to good music and good fun. We currently have in excess of 50 members.
Cór Cois Abhann, Cork City
Cois Abhann choir was founded in 1990 and takes its name from the river
that flows through the centre of
County Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir
We are a Male Voice Choir - all members of the Co Sligo
Golf Club in Rosses Point. Sligo. Ireland. The choir was formed in 1993
under the musical directorship of Mrs Sheila Crowley. Their members and
musical directors, as their name suggests, are members of the
highly rated Co Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point in the Northwest of
have participated with distinction at choral festivals throughout Great
Britain and Ireland, securing many first prizes most notably at the
North Wales Choral Festival in 2008 where they were first in their
section and first in the overall festival. They have also secured prizes
at the Cork International Choral Festival and the Sligo International
Culwick Choral Society,
The Culwick is a
large amateur choir whose members are drawn from all over Dublin
(Ireland) and the surrounding counties. The choir under professional
Bernie Sherlock and Chorus Master
David Leigh aims for a professional standard
in performances in prestige venues such as the National Concert Hall,
and engages professional soloists and musicians for these
performances. While the choir is versatile in its repertoire,
performance of the classical choral works is undoubtedly dearest to the
heart of the Society. Standard performances each year include: a major
choral work each Spring; an annual Christmas Concert; and since 1990 the
choir has sung Handel's Messiah for two nights each December in
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin to benefit a designated
charity. Rehearsals: Thursday (7.30 pm for 7.45 pm start),
House, Leeson Park,
Applications for membership welcome, enquiries to the Hon. Secretary.
Discovery Gospel Choir,
Dublin - Ireland's first multicultural gospel choir. The
choir performs music inspired by its members who originate from
different countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. Through its
powerful performances, Discovery Gospel Choir aims to promote
integration, multiculturalism and social justice in Ireland. The
choir is based in Dublin and is directed by Róisín Dexter.
Dublin County Choir
Dublin Gospel Choir
- Not too many Irish acts, let alone international ones, can boast of sharing the stage with music industry heavyweights such as Rod Stewart, John Legend, James Brown, Damien Rice, and The Chieftains. But that is exactly what the Dublin Gospel Choir has achieved over the last few years.
From their modest beginnings as a local school choir in Dublin’s inner city 12 years ago, they have become a household name in Ireland, playing a host of concerts each year, plus a large number of corporate and charity events. Add to that their annual slot at Ireland’s internationally-acclaimed boutique festival Electric Picnic (at which they played on the Main Stage again in 2008) and a performance in front of 82,000 people at Croke
Park in 2007, and you have a group of people who are really going places
Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir
Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir was formed in the 1960s by a small number
of Welshmen who had settled in Dublin. Over the years, many Irishmen
(and even a few Scots, English and a Dutchman) have combined to form the
present choir, which has retained a unique and authentically Welsh
choral sound and repertoire - with Irish songs included for good
Fingal Chamber Choir
e-mail only: contact:
David Maxwell Based in
Balbriggan in north county Dublin, Fingal is the largest of
4 administrative districts of county Dublin. The choir has been in
existence since 2006 and is an auditioned SATB choir of 15 voices, some
of whom sing or have sung professionals and all are competent sight
singers. FCC appears regularly on Irish television and performs at 6 or
7 concerts a years as well as appearing as guests at various events in
the Fingal area. The choirs repertoire extends from Bach to Whitacre and
many points in between.
Galway Baroque Singers.
We are a mixed 4-part choir with anything up to 70 members.
Since their first performance of
Handel's "Messiah" in December 1983, the Galway Baroque Singers have
established itself as one of Ireland's most accomplished amateur
rehearse every Wednesday at 8:00 pm. We recently celebrated our silver
of Choristers of St. Mary's, Dublin. We
are a church choir, founded in 1904, which sings at 9:30 am Sunday mass
in St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, Dublin, Ireland from start
October until end June each year, singing Latin polyphonic church music
and Gregorian chant.
A mixed four-part choir which meets every Tuesday night at
8.00pm for rehearsals. The choir sings at 11.00am mass in the Jesuit
Church Galway every Sunday morning at 11.00am. The choir also
performs at other venues from time to time.
Lassus Scholars, named after the great virtuoso of Renaissance
polyphony, Orlande de Lassus, seek to achieve excellence in musical
expression and interpretation not only in the 16th Century polyphonic
repertoire but also in all musical styles to the present day. The
Lassus Scholars perform a wide repertoire of choral music at
many venues in Dublin including the National Concert Hall, the RDS,
The Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, the National Gallery, Adam & Eve's,
Merchants' Quay, St Kevin's Harrington St and Christ Church Cathedral.
Limerick Choral Union
- Limerick Choral Union was established in 1964 so that Limerick
would have a choir to accompany the Radio Eireann Orchestra
on their visits to the city and with the aim of bringing
the best of choral music to Limerick. This initiative
emanated from the Limerick Symphony Concerts Society
and Radio Eireann. Limerick Choral Union was in fact
one of the first manifestations of Ecumenism in the
The Mayo Male Voice Choir e-mail
Since the choir was
established in 2000 it has grown from strength to strength and now has a
total of 48 men who travel from all parts of Mayo to rehearse and
perform together. The choir has been under the direction of the very
accomplished and talented Ms. Deirdre Lee since it's inception. Deirdre
is a music teacher at St. Joseph's Secondary School so her expertise and
experience are invaluable to the choir. The Choir has traveled to
various countries over the years including England, Germany and Czech
Republic, it has competed in various Choral Festivals, coming second at
the Sligo International Choral Festival & The Mayo International Choral
Festival. New members are always welcome, auditions are generally at the
start of the choral year in September.
- Established in 1997 by a group of graduates from Trinity College
Dublin who wished to continue singing together. Today, the choir has
between twenty-five and thirty singers from a wide variety of
backgrounds including Ireland, England, Wales, Estonia, Slovakia,
Greece, Hungary, Australia and the United States.
National Chamber Choir of Ireland
- The National Chamber Choir of Ireland is widely regarded as Ireland’s most distinguished choir. It is celebrated both in Ireland and internationally for its fresh and innovative sound.
Founded in 1991 by composer and conductor, Colin Mawby and developed under the direction of Brazilian conductor Celso Antunes until early 2007, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland is the country’s only professional vocal ensemble. In 2008, the internationally celebrated and grammy-award winning conductor Paul Hillier joined the National Chamber Choir of Ireland as
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.
The National Chamber Choir is made up of
extraordinary vocalists drawn from the ranks of Europe’s leading choral singers. Each vocalist has a different and wide-ranging background in solo, opera and choral performance, which enhances the choir’s ability to undertake some of the most
diverse and challenging choral work and contributes to the warm and special sound that is unique to this Irish ensemble.
Our Lady's Choral Society
Lady’s Choral Society (OLCS) was founded in Dublin in 1945, after the
Dublin Archdiocese brought together the best singers
from all the church choirs of Dublin for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Today
OLCS welcomes members from all religions and walks of life. The 120
choristers chosen for membership are united by a passion for singing great
choral music at a professional level.
Polyphonics Barbershop Chorus
is a male choral group, specialising in the barbershop style.
Established in 1980 they are ten times winners of the National Male
Barbershop Chorus Championship. They are also winners of Light
Entertainment and Jazz Section of Cork International Choral Festival in
2006. With members from all over Cork City and County they are based in
Carrigaline. They always welcome new members. No prior experience
necessary as long as you can sing in tune!
Riverside Chorus, Co Roscommon - A
40-strong SSA choir, formed in 2001. The age profile of Riverside Chorus
currently ranges from 9 – 18 years. The main objective of the group is
to develop young people’s interpretation and understanding of choral
music to a professional standard. The choir has competed and been
successful in many of the national choral competitions as well as
participating in the West Wales Choral Festival. As well as performance
opportunities, huge emphasis is placed on music education and
sight-reading. The group rehearses from September to May, Friday nights
7-9.30 in the Old School House, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. contact:
email - only
- Rockmount Choir was
formed in 1977 from the amalgamation of two smaller local choirs.
Averaging 34 members, the Choir's repertoire has covered every style of
music from light entertainment and musicals, through sacred music,
classical choral works, madrigals and plainchant. In the 27 years of its
career, the Choir has developed a high standard of choral performance
and interpretation, enjoying a significant level of success in choral
competitions and festivals throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The latest addition to a long list of wins and placings is a bronze
trophy from Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale in Verona, Italy
St. Patrick's Choir, Celbridge A mixed adult choir has
been in existence for over 150 years singing for the local community at
Mass each Sunday and also performing in concert's and choral festivals
in Ireland, Wales and Italy. email only: contact only:
Suaimhneas Choral Singers, Co Roscommon
- A 40-strong SATB choir, based in Co Roscommon and formed in 2003. In
a short space of time, the choir has performed a broad range of music
encompassing oratorios, opera, musical theatre and Irish folk music.
These concerts have been achieved alone or in collaboration with other
choirs/ soloists. Most recently, we performed Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’,
Rutter’s ‘Requiem’ and Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’. The choir has a
particular interest in choral competitions and hope to develop this
further in the future.
We rehearse from September to May,
Tuesday night 8-10 in the Old School House, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon.
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Tallaght Choral Society
Tallaght Choral Society was formed in 1967,
was still a small village at the foot of the Dublin mountains. A group
of singers came together under the direction of Fr. Donal Sweeney
OP to form a church choir based in the Dominican Priory. Under a
succession of music directors, the small church choir gradually took on
the mantle of a choral society and now has a membership of over 100.
The current music director Mark Armstrong was appointed in 2002 and
under his baton the society has continued to flourish and now has a
reputation as one of Ireland’s strongest choral societies.
Choir (Dublin) is a four-part 25 strong chamber choir, founded in 1992.
The choir has, over the years, developed a wide and challenging
repertoire, which is constantly being expanded
University of Limerick Choir
The Choir is formed by around 30 singers (students and staff). The
Choir is conducted
percussionist and conductor specialised in Gopsel music.
A small Committee of
singers are involved in the running of the choir.
Waterford Male Voice Choir
now in its sixth year and since its inception has created quite a stir
in music circles in the South East. From an initial group of just ten
members, the choir has grown from strength to strength and now boasts a
membership of over forty members. However the choir soon realised that
it had the potential to be far more than originally thought, performing
in two concerts and competing in the New Ross AIMS Festival in its first
year. Since then it has performed in many local concerts including the
annual Male Voice Choirs of Waterford Concert, performed with the Garda
Band and various visiting international groups and has travelled twice
to perform in festivals in Wales. The choir has also had many successes
at competitions; last year alone it received first places in both the
Arklow and New Ross Choral festivals and was in the prizes in the Cork