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Freshers’ Week 2017 and the term ahead

Choral is tremendously excited to kick off it’s 180th year this coming September. We have some really exciting plans for the year ahead, and are looking for new members from across the college community: students, graduates and staff.

Choral is the largest and oldest choir in Trinity College, and is steeped in tradition. To this day, members have the rare privilege of wearing academic gowns during our performances, which typically take place in Trinity’s famous Public Theatre (also known as the Examination Hall).

We stage two main concert series each year, towards the end of each of the main teaching terms. On Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd November this year, we will perform Mozart’s dramatic and powerful Requiem (alongside some other works by Mozart and Haydn). In March we will be presenting Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle.

Aside from these events, we have a host of other smaller activities during the year, ranging from social events like table quizzes, to our famous Cherry Cup competition for vocal quartets. We are also planning an exciting additional concert for December, with further details to be announced shortly.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please pop down to our stand in Front Square during Freshers’ Week, where you can sign up. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings in Goldsmith Hall from 7-9pm, with our first rehearsal being on Wednesday 27th September. You can also come directly to this rehearsal, or any of the following two in order to sign up.

We’re really excited about our events for this year, and would be delighted if you were part of them!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Hilary Term Concert 2017: Brahms/Boydell

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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 choral@csc.tcd.ie

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Bach: Mass in B minor First Rehearsal

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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 choral@csc.tcd.ie

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

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Online Ticket Sales Open!

Ticket sales have opened online for our performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah on 23 and 24 March in The Examination Hall, Trinity College! Tickets are available online via Eventbrite (see the tickets link at the top of the webpage), at the door and special student advance tickets will be on sale in the Arts Building on the 21-23 March. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, and Facebook event which will be updated with all the latest news.

 

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Annual General Meeting 2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting will take place this Wednesday 24 February at 7pm in Regent House. The list of nominees for the 2016/17 Committee has been posted on our noticeboard in Front Arch. Rehearsals for our Hilary Term performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah continue afterwards! Keep an eye on this site, on Twitter (@udcs) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/Trinitychoral) for all the latest updates and announcements!

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Hilary Term 2016

In March 2016, Choral will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The concerts will take place on 23rd and 24th March in the Examination Hall, Trinity College. The upcoming term will also see the 2016 iteration of the Cherry Cup competition for unaccompanied vocal quartets. Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.

 

Rehearsals will commence on Wednesday 20th January at 6.45pm in Regent House (just above Front Arch). New members are welcome to join the choir on the night. If you have any questions regarding membership, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Handel’s Messiah Concert November 24th/25th

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***Online ticket sales for the Tuesday performance have now closed. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door from 7.30pm***

Tickets for the Wednesday performance remain available at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/handel-messiah-tickets-19498122409

 

George Friedrich Handel          Messiah

Conducted by David Leigh

With guest soloists

Join the University of Dublin Choral Society, Trinity’s oldest and largest choir, for a very special performance of one of the best loved choral works of all time: Handel’s Messiah. Echoing the first premiere of this work in Dublin back in 1742, the splendid setting of Trinity’s Examination Hall will help to get you in the festive mood just as December rolls around. Joined by guest soloists under the expert baton of David Leigh, the University of Dublin Choral Society invites you to mark the date in your diaries and join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening of music and festivities.

Doors open 7:30pm

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