Dónal Doherty

Dónal’s passion for choral music was nurtured as a member of the Schola
Cantorum in St Finian’s College Mullingar and later at University College
Dublin. He was Head of Music Services for the Western and Southern Regions of
Northern Ireland during the period 1996-2016 and was Director of the Music
Promise initiative in 2013, a key element of the inaugural UK City of Culture
programme in Derry. Dónal founded the City of Derry International Choir
Festival the same year, now recognised as one of the foremost choral festivals
on the international calendar.

As Director of the chamber choir Codetta, he has worked with conductors
Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko and David Robertson in the BBC Proms series in
London. Recent projects include recording the music for the film ‘Lost Lives’ for
BBC with the Ulster Orchestra and celebrating what would have been Seamus
Heaney’s 80 th birthday with choral music by the American composer
Mohammed Fairouz.

Current initiatives include both the ground-breaking Harmony North project
based in North Belfast and the Codetta Junior and Youth Choirs in Derry, which
were launched in September 2017.