New term approaching…

Freshers’ Week, is now just over a month away! Choral has an extremely exciting line-up for the 2013-14 academic year, kicking off with performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Te Deum in November.

We are accepting new members across all voice parts for the upcoming term. You can sign up at our stand in Front Square during Freshers’ Week (16-20 September) or at our first rehearsal in Regent House on Wednesday 25th September at 7.30pm.

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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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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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First Rehearsal of 2012!

The first rehearsal for our upcoming performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place this Wednesday [18th of January!] in Regent House. Please arrive by 6.30 pm to allow time for registration and the distribution of scores before the singing commences. New members of some, or no experience at all are more than welcome to come along and join (no audition is required). We look forward to seeing both familiar members return and also plenty of new faces at rehearsal tonight to begin what should be an exciting term!

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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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Verdi’s Requiem at the Grand Canal Theatre – Saturday April 2nd at 8pm

Our long awaited performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Grand Canal Theatre is now a mere day away and is completely sold out! We are thrilled to once again be associated with this work, 135 years after presenting its Irish premiere. The collaboration with the Guinness Choir and Ulster Orchestra should ensure that the performance is a fitting one to celebrate the Tercentenary of the Schools of Medicine, Chemistry and Botany in Trinity College Dublin.

We look forward to seeing you at the Grand Canal Theatre tomorrow. Doors open at 7pm and the performance will commence at 8pm.

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Cherry Cup Winners!

Congratulations to Eoghan Desmond, Raymond Tedders, Judith Lyons and Margaret Bridge on winning the Cherry Cup last Wednesday. Well done also to Dermot Frost, Charlie Kerrigan, Fionnuala Barrett and Joanna Staunton for winning the ‘highly commended’ prize. It was fantastic to see four quartets compete for the coveted trophy this year and we hope many of our members have been inspired to enter for next year! The committee would like to thank Mr David Brophy, Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, for judging the competition.

The winning quartet in full flow

Even though it’s reading week, rehearsal will take place as normal from 7 pm in Regent House. Our Annual General Meeting will take place in a fortnight, during rehearsal on the 16th of March. Tickets for the Verdi Requiem performance in the Grand Canal Theatre are continuing to sell briskly, so we urge you to purchase tickets as soon as possible. They are available at:

The audience and competitors eagerly await the result.....

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Verdi’s Requiem – 2nd April

University of Dublin Choral Society

The Guinness Choir

The Ulster Orchestra

Directed by David Milne

Sylvia O’Brien – Soprano
Emma Selway – Mezzo Soprano
Robert Chafin – Tenor
Simon Bailey – Bass

Grand Canal Theatre
8pm Saturday 2nd April 2011

Tickets are priced at €25, €30, €35

On the 2nd of April, the University of Dublin Choral Society is joining up with the Guinness Choir and the Ulster Orchestra to present a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in the Grand Canal Theatre. Mr David Milne, a former conductor of Choral and current musical director of the Guinness Choir will conduct the performance. This concert is being organised as part of the Tercentenary celebrations of the Schools of Medicine, Chemistry and Botany in Trinity College Dublin.

Tickets are available at:

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