All the way from California, USA, we welcome the highly-regarded Episcopal Choral Society under the musical direction of Dr Chas Cheatham. Regaling Dublin audiences with choral works from classical and contemporary repertoires, they will be joined by Dublin’s An Cór Choir Perrystown, Meath’s Cór Fingal and Kerry’s The National Folk Theatre Choir. These energetic Irish choirs will perform a mixed repertoire of classic and modern pieces, showcasing the best of Irish choirs.
Cór Fingal was set up by former members of Enchriadis Chamber Choir and Fingal Choral programme in order to continue and develop the tradition of choral music initiated by Dr Marion Doherty in 1988. This ensemble caters for singers over 18 who wish to challenge themselves musically and be part of a vibrant community. The choir has a long list of festival performances and recordings, including providing the voices for One4All’s online Christmas advert since 2015. The choir is conducted by former member of Enchiriadis Chamber Choir, Eoin Conway, who sang under Dr Marion Doherty for years, and Cór Fingal’s assistant conductor is Rebecca Gilbert. Cór Fingal is managed by Fingal Choral programme as part of Fingal Academy of Music.
The Episcopal Chorale Society, nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1983 when choirs from seven predominately African-American Episcopal churches joined together under the direction of Dr. Chas Cheatham to honor Absalom Jones, the first African-American Episcopal Priest. Nearly 33 years later, the Chorale includes more than 40 voices of people of varied faiths and cultural backgrounds. It has become locally and internationally renowned by conducting musical ministry throughout the United States and touring cities in Argentina, Australia, China, Cuba, Holland, Germany, Puerto Rico, Spain and Italy, where it was honored to receive a Papal audience with Pope John Paul II. In 2000, the Chorale was one of only five choirs in the world invited to Austria to perform at the Melk Abbey celebration of its 924th Anniversary. The Chorale has granted more than 100 scholarships to musically-gifted youth in the Los Angeles area.
The National Folk Theatre Choir is a sub-section of the National Folk Theatre, based in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, Co Kerry. We are a mixed-voice choir and have been incredibly busy since we were established in September 2015. Our repertoire includes both modern and traditional Irish and English pieces. We perform annually at our Ceiliúradh na Nollag, a celebration of Christmas carols, along with supporting the National Folk Theatre performing company when the need arises.
In 2016 we performed as part of the celebrations for the 1916 Centenary, and sang an arrangement of Róisín Dubh accompanied by traditional instruments at Banna Beach where President Michal D Higgins was in attendance. In 2017 we competed at the Navan Choral Festival in the Irish Language Category and were runners up in that competition.
Our aim is to achieve a high standard of music-making and to collaborate/engage with other groups whilst also heightening the profile of the National Folk Theatre.
We are a choir of around 40 members based in South Dublin founded by Maria Tyrrell. We have members who travel from near and far and some are only a stone’s throw away from our rehearsal space in Perrystown Community Centre.
The Choir is currently under the musical direction of Michael Fay, an accomplished award winning choir director who has worked on the Dublin scene for 15 years.
Our music is drawn from the classical, musical theatre and folk traditions. We strive to be the best choir that we can be, but we always have great fun together and enjoy a laugh at our rehearsals and social evenings.
We put our heart and soul into all our rehearsals and performances! We really enjoy singing together and welcome you to come along to St Anne’s on March 23rd.
St Ann’s Parish Church
The church in the heart of the city with the city at its heart
St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street (beside The Mansion House) maintains a very busy city centre ministry dating back to 1707. The clergy are responsible for the pastoral care of two hospitals, the chaplaincy to the Royal College of Surgeons and Dublin Port –– including the Mission to Seafarers Centre in the dock area (open every evening of the year) –– and a considerable parochial ministry.
The church, a much loved place of worship, is also the venue for civic events, lunchtime recitals and evening concerts, as well as being a popular destination for tourists, with upwards of 40,000 visitors annually.