Choral Sings for Simon!

Dermot Frost conducting Christmas carols with Choral in Dundrum Town Centre!

On Sunday 12 December, Choral took part in the Sing for Simon campaign in order to raise money for Dublin Simon Community. The afternoon was a tremendous success and saw a solid contingent of Choral stalwarts sing popular Christmas carols such as “Away in a Manger” and “Ring Christmas Bells” in Dundrum Town Centre, with the esteemed committee member Dermot Frost taking up the conducting duties. In total, €1,211.74 was raised during the afternoon. Many thanks to all that came along and we wish you all an enjoyable Christmas break!

For a selection of photographs from the carol singing, please visit our gallery.

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Christmas Carols!

After taking a well deserved break of a fortnight, it’s time to warm up those vocal chords again for some Christmas carols! Yes, we have been doing Christmas music all term, but now we’re finally getting around to all the classics from “Away in a Manger” to “Silent Night”. Rehearsal will take place during our regular slot from 7pm on Wednesday in Regent House. This rehearsal is aimed at getting the choir in shape for carol singing in aid of Simon Community this Sunday in Dundrum Shopping Centre from 4pm. We are looking forward to seeing you there and helping this worthy cause.

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Concert series concludes…

Our Michaelmas Term concert series for 2010 has now come to a close. We would like to thank all of those who attended the concerts and also all of our members for attending rehearsals so diligently and encouraging friends and family to see us! Visit the site soon for an extensive photo gallery from the concerts and news about upcoming Choral events.

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Concerts this week!

After 9 weeks of rehearsals, the time has finally arrived for us to perform our concerts. Beginning at 8pm this Wednesday and Thursday in the Examination Hall, Trinity College, we will present a selection of works by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams including the festive works Hodie and Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Tickets will be available at the door are priced at €15 for adults, with a €10 concession rate. Students can also avail of discounted tickets at the rate of €8 if they purchase their tickets in advance at our stand in the arts block this week. We are tremendously excited about the upcoming concerts and sincerely look forward to seeing you in attendance.

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Rehearsal Schedule Update

We are now a mere two weeks from the concerts and we have decided to schedule two additional Saturday rehearsals to ensure we are as best prepared as possible. The first of these will be held in Regent House this Saturday, the 13th of November from 10am-12pm. The final revised schedule is below. In addition, tickets will again be available at all rehearsals between now and the concerts. We encourage all members to get as many friends and family as possible to come along. Also, don’t forget that student tickets purchased in advance come with a 20% discount!

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Michaelmas Term Concert Series

Michaelmas Term Concert 2010Preparations for our upcoming concert series are in full flight! The complete programme consists of Hodie, Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Serenade to Music and Willow-Wood, all by the renowned British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The performance of the Christmas cantata Hodie will be only the third ever in Ireland and the first in 28 years! Choral is extremely proud to present the Irish premiere of Willow-Wood, a cantata for orchestra and baritone solo that has only been performed live once before.

The Michaelmas Term concerts will take place in the Examination Hall, Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th November 2010, with tickets priced at €15 or €10 concession. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Also, there is still time to become a Friend of the Society in advance of the upcoming concert series. Friendship includes two complimentary tickets to the final concert of each term and entry to the pre-concert Friends reception. Click here for further information.

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Rehearsals Continue

Many thanks to all who came to our first rehearsal last Wednesday – it was a very impressive attendance! Apologies again for the situation with the scores, but this should be resolved for this week’s rehearsal. Since it is still only the second week of term, we would also like to mention that new members are still welcome to join. Just show up at our rehearsal on Wednesday in Regent House (above Front Arch).  Since we will need to distribute scores to all members this Wednesday, we ask everyone to arrive by 6.45 pm if possible. Hope to see you all on Wednesday!

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First Rehearsal Tonight!

Tonight marks our first rehearsal and the official beginning of the 2010-2011 year for Choral. The rehearsal will begin at 7 pm in Regent House (above Front Arch), but we ask members to arrive for about 6.30 pm, as many new members will be queuing to sign up and scores will be distributed. Also, we will be going MacTorcaills pub on Townsend Street afterwards for some food and drinks, so please don’t run off when the rehearsal is over! The committee looks forward to meeting all of you this evening. See you there!

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First Rehearsal

Now that the dust has settled after our tremendously successful Freshers’ Week and Wine Reception, we are only a couple of days away from getting down to the business of singing at our first rehearsal. It will take place in Regent House (above Front Arch) on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm. Be sure to arrive early as many new members will be queuing to sign up on the night and scores will also need to be distributed. During the rehearsal, we will be looking for members to express their interest in going on the trip to the Messiah from Scratch in the Royal Albert Hall, London on the 28th of November.

As previously outlined, this term’s programme is a Christmas-themed celebration of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, consisting of Hodie and Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Also, if you didn’t get a chance to sign up to Choral during Freshers’ Week, never worry as you can sign up at the rehearsal on Wednesday night (and remember, no audition is required!). The commitee looks forward to seeing you all there!

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Wine Reception Reminder

It’s been a great Freshers’ Week for Choral thus far, with well in excess of 100 new members joining the society! On Friday evening at 6 pm we will be hosting our main event for the week – a wine reception. It should be a great opportunity for new members to meet each other and the committee for the upcoming year. It’s being held in the Eliz Rooms on the first floor of House 6 (the one with the SU shop!). If you havn’t yet joined, we will of course be at our stand in Front Square near the Chapel until 4 pm on Friday to sign you up. Hope to see a good turnout at the reception and then at the first rehearsal next Wednesday!

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