Verdi Requiem

The University of Dublin Choral Society is proud to present Verdi’s ever popular Requiem, a work which, as much as any of his operas, traverses the gamut of human emotion, from the terrifying and blood-curdling vision of the day of judgement to the consolation of eternal peace and rest.  The Society is joined in this performance by orchestra and soloists drawn from the best of Ireland’s young singers.


Conducted by David Leigh

Soloists: Donna Gallagher, Laura Lamph, Jack Kinkead, Eoghan Desmond

8pm, Thursday 19 March 2015

National Concert Hall

Tickets are available from the NCH website



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Hilary Term Concert: Orff’s Carmina Burana and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet


Join the University of Dublin Choral Society and Orchestra on the 10th of March in the National Concert Hall as they proudly present Orff’s dramatic and world renowned Carmina Burana along with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. The performance will be conducted by Mr. David Leigh and UDCS is delighted to be joined by the Girl Choristers of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The combination of such a famous programme and beautiful venue promises for a sensational evening of music that can be enjoyed by all. Tickets range in price from €15-35 and are available through the National Concert Hall box office and

This event is supported by the Trinity College Dublin Association and Trust and the Visual and Performing Arts Fund of Trinity College Dublin.

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Summer Singing 2013 is underway

Rehearsals are underway for the first Summer Singing project of 2013, a performance of Mozart’s Sparrow Mass and the Pergolsi/Durante Magnificat. Rehearsals take place at 7pm on Wednesdays, typically in the Eliz Rooms in House 6 and occasionally in the Musuem Building. If you are interested in taking part in Summer Singing, please get in touch with us and we will add you to the mailing list. Alternatively, just turn up to a rehearsal!


Summer Singing was conceived as a simple way for members to continue singing with one another over the University’s summer break. The conductor and soloists for performances are typically drawn from the society’s membership. In the recent past, works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Coronation Mass have been performed, along with numerous smaller pieces.

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Choral + concert

Our new chamber ensemble Choral + will be giving its first public performance next week as part of the Trinity Week 2013 event programme. The concert will take place in the Ideas Space of the Long Room Hub on Tuesday 9th April from 6.30-7.15pm. The programme will include a selection of nine short pieces, from composers such as Bach, Mozart, Sullivan, Rossini and Mendelssohn. Admission to the concert will be free.

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End of 2012-13 season

This week, UDCS presented two tremendously successful performances of Brahms’ Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht. This brings an end to Choral’s main activities for this academic year. There is however, musch to look forward to over the coming weeks and months. Our newly formed chamber ensemble, Choral +, will present a short concert with a variety of diverse works in the Long Room Hub for Trinity Week, on Tuesday 9th April. In addition to this, the society’s Summer Singing initiative will relaunch over the coming weeks.



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Upcoming concerts

Our upcoming performances of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht will take place in the Public Theatre, Trinity College on March 20 and 21 at 8pm. The soloists for the concerts will be announced shortly, and tickets will be available in the coming weeks.


In other news, UDCS will be taking part in the revival of the Choral Intervarsities, taking place at TCD this upcoming weekend. Our AGM will be on Wednesday 13th February, while the Cherry Cup competition will happen a week later on the 20th.

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UDCS presents Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Haydn’s Nelson Mass

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November at 8pm
Tickets: €15 / €10 (concession) – Available at door or online (see below)
Special student ticket price of €7 for tickets purchased in advance at our stand in the Arts Block during the week of the 19th of November.

Join the University of Dublin Choral Society in our upcoming performance of W.A. Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Haydn’s “Nelson Mass”.

The Mass in C Minor is one of Mozart’s great choral works, but, like his Requiem, remains unfinished. UDCS performed the Irish premiere of this work 106 years ago, and is delighted to present it once again.

Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass for troubled times), popularly known as the Nelson Mass, is one of his finest settings of the mass. It is a work of sharp contrasts – after beginning with the Kyrie in the foreboding key of D minor, the work quickly develops into a joyous celebration, written with a great sense of clarity and confidence.

Conducted by David Leigh

Orchestra led by Alan Smale



Maria Hughes – Mezzo-soprano

Shauna Buckingham – Soprano

Judith Lyons – Soprano

Niall Gallagher- Tenor

David Howes – Bass

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“Bach’s Mass in B Minor” Michaelmas Concert 2011

Join us for this special performance of  “Bach’s Mass in B Minor” , Conducted by David Leigh, with guest soloists; Elizabeth Hilliard  (Soprano), Sarah Busfield (Soprano), Katie Schofield (Alto), Jack Kinkead (Tenor) and Jeffrey Ledwidge (Bass).

There will be two performances on the 23rd & 24th of November, the concert begins at 8pm in the Examination Hall. Tickets are available at the Door, €15 or €10 [concession].

J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

The Mass in B Minor is a musical setting of the Latin mass by Johann Sebastian Bach. The work is one of Bach’s last compositions, Bach assembled the Mass in its present form in 1749, just before his death in 1750. The Sanctus of the Mass in B minor dates back to 1724. The Kyie and Gloria had been composed as a Luteran Missa in 1733. To complete the work Bach composed  new sections of the Credo such as Et incarnatus est. These were his last major compositions.

The Composition was premiered by the University of Dublin Choral Society in Ireland in 1908,  and this is the first time in 25 years that the Choir performed this work. The Choir has been practicing very hard for these last few weeks and are especially looking forward to performing this beautiful piece.

Join us the 23rd and 24th of november for two performances not to be missed!

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2010-2011 Academic year comes to a thrilling conclusion

Many thanks to all of our members for their hard work in preparing for the Verdi Requiem concert on April 2nd, which was a tremendous success. The combined forces of Choral and the Guinness Choir soared with the colourful double fugue of the “Sanctus” while the precise playing of the Ulster Orchestra ensured that the sound of the menacing “Dies Irae” and “Tuba mirum” reverberated around the Grand Canal Theatre. A huge thanks also goes to the wonderful audience for their attendance and appreciation. The concert recieved an extremely positive review in the Irish Independent, which can be located here: . The conclusion of this concert sadly brings an end to the 2010-2011 academic year for Choral. We wish our student members all the best in the upcoming exams and look forward to seeing you all for the beginning of the new academic year in September.

The University of Dublin Choral Society, Guinness Choir and Ulster Orchestra combine forces to present Verdi's Requiem under the baton of Mr David Milne

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