Phew! That semester flew by!
Our Magnificat concert is swiftly approaching, and we would be delighted if you could join us in the Exam Hall (TCD Campus) on Wednesday 18th March and/or Thursday 19th March. There’s nothing like some choral music after the chaos of St. Patrick’s weekend: bring your friends, family, classmates, coworkers, first dates and life-long partners for a wonderful evening of quality chorus. We’ve had a blast practising for this one – Rutter is about as jazzy as one can find in the choral repertoire, and Bach is his usual zesty self; we’ve certainly been kept on our toes.
In the intervening weeks we have also hosted our annual acapella competition, the Cherry Cup! Adjudicated by Dr. Marion Doherty, two spirited quartets battled it out over ‘April is in my Mistress’ Face’, with experienced choristers and long-term members Ross, Aoife, Gayle and David pipping their competitors to the post – commiserations to our runner-ups Chris, Caroline, Darien and Rachel! We do extend warm congratulations to every competing singer however, it was a lovely end to our usual Wednesday rehearsals and we enjoyed each performance heartily.
Also of note: our AGM will take place on Wednesday the 11th March ahead of our usual rehearsals, which will in turn be followed by some slap-up platters courtesy of the Choral Society bank account. Come along for the free food and stay for the wildly entertaining Treasurer’s Report, am I right?
Until next time,
Isobel Hon. Treasurer UDCS
Our concerts this term are proudly supported by the Trinity Association and Trust @TCDTrust
Visit http://www.udcs.org/trinity-association-and-trust for more information.
University of Dublin Choral Society is pleased to present Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht, Mendelssohn’s Christus and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture.
Join us on the 19th & 20th of November in the beautiful surroundings of Trinity’s Exam Hall for a wonderful evening of Choral music not to be missed!
Tickets are now available on eventbrite here
Our second semester performances of Bach’s St. John Passion will be held on Tuesday the 9th and Wednesday the 10th April. These concerts will take place in the Trinity College Chapel and start at 7:30pm. Tickets can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/university-of-dublin-choral-society-presents-bach-st-john-passion-tickets-58532637695?aff=website
Our Michaelmas performances of Haydn's Nelson Mass will take place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd of November. Accompanied by two other short pieces from Haydn's repertoire (Te Deum laudamus and Insanae et Vanae Curae) these performances - set in the breathtaking and historic surroundings of Trinity College's Examination Hall - promise to be unmissable events this November.
Tickets can be bought online here
Our Hilary term concert is just a couple of weeks away! This year’s performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle on the 21st and 22nd of March are sure to be two brilliant nights of choral music, not to be missed!
Rossini composed the Petite messe solennelle in 1863, 34 years after his last opera. With one review at the time reading:
“One could sense, from the first measures, the powerful spirit which animated this artist thirty years ago at the time when he chose to put a stop at his glorious career at its culminating point. The composer of William Tell stands proudly before you in his eminence, and you realise with astonishment that neither time nor inactivity have caused any loss of the intelligence with which he is so marvellously endowed.”
Be sure to join us in the wonderful surroundings of the Trinity College Exam Hall for our final concert of the academic year.
Tickets available here!
The new academic year is about to kick off, and we could not be more excited! Freshers Week will run from 18-22 September, and Choral will have a stand each day from 9am-4pm. Be sure to drop by and sign up for the year. For more information on our events programme for this year, check out our programme below.
Our first rehearsal will run from 6.30-9pm in Regent House (above Front Arch) on Wednesday 27th September (subsequent rehearsals will run from 7-9pm). You can also come along and join at this rehearsal. Singers of all levels of experience are welcomg to join us as we prepare for our performances of Mozart's dramatic Requiem in November. If you have any further questions, please get in touch via our contact us page.
We’ll have a stall in Front Square for the entire week where you can come along and join!
Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday 27th September in Regent House from 7-9pm. You can come along and join on the night, or at any of the first three rehearsals
Michaelmas Term Concert
Mozart Requiem and other pieces. Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd November 2017 in the Public Theatre, Trinity College.
Stay tuned for further details on this exciting event scheduled for December 2017!
Hilary Term Concert
March 2018. Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle
We are HUGELY excited to celebrate 180 years of the choral society and 100 years since the birth of Brian Boydell, a key figure in the choir’s (and musical life in trinity’s) history, with our Hilary Term Concert in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday the 5th of April.
To celebrate we will be performing a truly original work; Brian Boydell’s Under No Circumstances. This work was composed specifically for the choir and is, more importantly, about the choir. For the work, Boydell selected excerpts from the minutes of the early days of the society, as such, it is intrinsically linked to our history as a choir and makes no better way to celebrate our 180-year anniversary. The work is laced with satire, witty moments and dark humour, the outcry against ladies attending the societies concerts being just one of many highlights of this rarely-performed work.
To balance this comedic twist, we have Brahms’ German Requiem, a powerhouse of the German Romantic era, the Requiem is renowned for its striking melodies, wonderful counterpoint, and memorable melodies.
Be sure to join Choral as we ring in our 180 in the National Concert Hall with a night of fantastic music. Be sure to get good seats, as this will be a night not to be missed!
Tickets available here!