Our Lady’s Choral Society (OLCS) was founded in Dublin in 1945, after the Dublin Archdiocese brought together the best singers from all the church choirs of Dublin for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Today OLCS welcomes members from all religions and walks of life. The 120 choristers chosen for membership are united by a passion for singing great choral music at a professional level.
The group perform predominantly contemporary choral music (both aca-pop and contemporary classical) and have won at choral festivals such as the Cork Choral Festival. Check out our social media pages for more information.
A choral group with a current broad focus on both sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the modern day. The aim of SATBX is to work consistently on a slowly growing repertoire in order to learn, blend and develop together.
Dunmanway Community Choir is an inclusive, open-door group that has been active since 2015.
We sing acapella arrangements in a variety of genres which reflects the diversity of musical interest within our group.
Founded in 2006, Belfast Philharmonic Youth Choirs programme provides musicianship classes, choral singing, and high-quality performance opportunities for children and young people aged from 7 to 22. The choirs meet weekly in term-time, learning choral music and musicianship in a programme designed using the Kodály principles of music education.
Singers are auditioned for one of three choirs: Phil Kids; Belfast Philharmonic Youth Choir; and Youth Chamber Choir. The singers also rehearse and perform with Dublin Youth Choir as the Cross Border Youth Choir. In 2018, the Cross Border Youth Choir came first in the National Youth Choir category in City of Derry International Choir Festival, and in 2019 the Phil Youth Choir placed joint first. The Youth Choirs have performed with the adult Philharmonic Choir and the Ulster Orchestra.
The Youth Choirs programme is led by Artistic Director Lynsey Callaghan, and Phil Kids is led by Assistant Director Caroline Jones.
The 120+ strong choir performs at least four programmes per year, many alongside the Ulster Orchestra, including performances of Handel's Messiah every Christmas - a tradition that goes back as far as 1886. The choir performs a varied repertoire from classical choral oratorios to music from films and theatre. In May 2015, the choir gave the world première of James Whitbourn's The Seven Heavens, which was specially commissioned for the event, closing the choir’s 140th anniversary season. The Society holds an annual Come and Sing event where singers of all levels and experience can join the choir to learn and sing well-known works in a friendly environment. The choir also performs on tour, most recently in 2018 to New York for the US première of Patrick Hawes' Great War Symphony.