Society News

Hilary Term Concert Cancelled

Hi all,

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of our Hilary Term concerts on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th of March. The college is closing as of today until the 29th March in accordance with government guidelines concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result the CSC has suspended all society events planned for the period of closure.
We shall do our best to ensure our choir’s hard work has not gone to waste, and that this programme may be performed in part or in total during a semester in the near future. As you may imagine, everything is a little up in the air.

Despite everything, we managed to successfully carry out our AGM last night. With Dermot Frost expertly taking the lead as Chair, this went off without a hitch; we successfully welcomed in a new committee for the next academic year. A handover will be carried out as and when social gatherings are once again permitted without the fear of endangering public health.
On behalf of the outgoing committee, I would like to offer my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by these proceedings (it has been a stressful few days…). We would also like to thank our choir members for all their hard work and dedication to this programme for the last few months – regardless of this untimely end to the semester, we have had a blast singing with you all.

Huge thanks also to our audience members, Friends, orchestra members, soloists, anonymous donors, the TCD Association and Trust, the Visual and Performing Arts Fund Committee, and all who have supported the choir this year. I would like to personally thank David Leigh for his continuing commitment to the choir, our auditors John Hynes and David Chew for putting up with me, and – last but not least – our wonderful Hon. Secretary Áine Dineen.
I could easily write a book on everything Áine has done and is continuing to do for this choir, and we will never be able to thank her enough for it all – though if you do happen to see her around, don’t hesitate in trying to do just that! Do not, however, try to convince her to return to rehearsals next semester…
On that note: take care, wash your hands properly and regularly, and tune in next time for Choral Society 2020/21!

Yours truly,

Hon. Treasurer UDCS


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First Rehearsal of 2020

A very happy new year from all of us here at the Choral Society.

We are delighted to announce that this Hilary Term we will have the opportunity to perform the contrasting pieces of

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Rutter Magnificat

Our first rehearsal of term will be held tonight, Wednesday the 22nd of January 2020 from 7-9pm in Regent House, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin. If you would like to join us you are more than welcome to come along, no audition required! We rehearse weekly and will be accepting sign ups until the 5th of February.


Our concerts this term are proudly supported by the Trinity Association and Trust @TCDTrust

The Trinity Association & Trust provides grant support for a wide variety of College projects where funding is not available from mainstream resources.

One of the main sources of funding for the Trinity Association & Trust comes from the Trinity Affinity Credit Card. With over 10,000 cardholders to date, a percentage of the annual turnover on these cards is donated back to College by Bank of Ireland. The more graduates and staff join, the more Trinity benefits.

All income from the Trinity Affinity credit card supports the work of the Trust in providing grant support for the unique Trinity educational experience in areas such as Academic Research, Student Welfare, Student Travel, Clubs and Societies. The Bank of Ireland donation from your annual spend comes at no cost to you and without any disclosure of confidential account details.

Further information:

We hope you will join us for an exciting term ahead,




Áine Dineen

Hon. Secretary

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Michaelmas Concert 2018

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

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Freshers Week 2018 and First Rehearsal!

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.

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Hilary Term Concert 2018: Rossini Petite messe solennelle


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!


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Freshers Week 2017

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.


Freshers’ Week

We’ll have a stall in Front Square for the entire week where you can come along and join!


First Rehearsal

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.


Christmas Concert

Stay tuned for further details on this exciting event scheduled for December 2017!


Hilary Term Concert

March 2018. Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle

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Hilary Term Concert 2017: Brahms/Boydell

Hey Friends!

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!


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Rehearsals for Brahms Requiem at the NCH begin in January. New members welcome!

Choral has exciting plans for early 2017 and we’re on the lookout for new members to join us for our next performance. On 5 April 2017, Choral will be returning to the National Concert Hall to present a performance of Brahms’ dramatic and powerful Ein deutsches Requiem, alongside Boydell’s Under no Circumstances. Choral is proud to return to this intriguing piece by Brian Boydell during the centenery of his birth. Under no Circumstances was written in 1987 for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the University of Dublin Choral Society. It offers a unique and often light-hearted take on various events from the Society’s history.


Rehearsals will commence in Goldsmith Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017. New members of all voice parts are more than welcome to join the choir on the night. No previous singing experience is necessary. Learning aids will be made available to help you learn your part. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

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Bach: Mass in B minor First Rehearsal


Choral Society returns to Trinity in its 180th session this year. To mark the occasion we are singing the monumental B minor Mass by J.S. Bach. The first rehearsal will take place in its usual slot; the first Wednesday of school term, this year falling on the 28th of September. Rehearsal starts at 7:30pm but people will be present from 7pm to accommodate the signing up of new members. 

If any of you have been into college, I’m sure you’ll have noticed the scaffolding covering Regent House/House 5. Unfortunately due to the construction Choral Rehearsals will be displaced for the foreseeable future. Enquiries have thankfully offered us Goldsmith Hall on the other end of campus until construction is completed. 

If you have any questions or further inquiries, please do not hesitate to message the facebook page or e-mail us at

Looking forward to seeing you all for a great year of singing!

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