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 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
Tomorrow marks the start of the 2018/19 academic year, and we could not be more excited! Freshers Week will run from 3-7 September, and Choral will have a stand each day from 9am-4pm. Be sure to drop by and sign up for the year.
Our first rehearsal will run from 6.30-9pm in Regent House (above Front Arch) on Wednesday 12th 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 welcome to join us as we prepare for our performances of Haydn's Nelson Mass in November. If you have any further questions, please get in touch via our contact us page.
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!
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!
Join us on Wednesday 23rd September for an exciting performance of some of the best loved choral works in the canon.
The University of Dublin Choral Society’s Summer Singers will be joined by the Viva String Ensemble, Niall O’Sullivan (trumpet) and guests for this concert.
Mozart Organ Solo Mass
Handel Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened
Handel “Eternal Source of Light Divine”
The concert will be conducted by Ross Cullinane.
Admission is free!