IYC News & Events

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August 2020: Online Autumn Courses 2020 and 2021 Courses

Sing are delighted to announce that we are holding online weekend courses for the Irish Youth Choir and Irish Youth Training Choir on 10 &11 October 2020!

For details click on links below

Irish Youth Training Choir October 2020

Irish Youth Choir October 2020


The Irish Youth Choir 2021 Residential Course will provisionally take place from 13-22 August 2021.

The Irish Youth Training Choir 2021 Course will provisionally take place from 26-31 July 2021.

With hopefully other courses in Spring 2021.

Keep an eye on social media for updates soon!

May 2020: Irish Youth Choir and Irish Youth Training Choir 2020

It is with great sadness the Sing Ireland Board of Directors are announcing the cancellation of both The Irish Youth Choir and The Irish Youth Training Choir residential courses due to take place later this summer. Having carefully considered the latest advice from the HSE and the Irish Government regarding Covid-19 it is with a heavy heart that we make this decision. However, we must act in the most responsible manner when considering the health and safety of all involved.

Artistic Director of The Irish Youth Choirs Bernie Sherlock also shares her disappointment “Of course I’m very disappointed that my first summer course can’t go ahead, but I am already planning for next year and really looking forward to working with Ireland’s best young singers towards performances of wonderful music.”

The Irish Youth Choir 2021 Residential Course will provisionally take place from 13-22 August 2021.

The Irish Youth Training Choir course was due to take place under the direction of newly appointed Conductor Patrick Barrett who feels ‘it is such a shame we can't come together for our Summer course this year. However, I'm looking forward to meeting you all and excited to see what we will create in 2021, which will undoubtedly be extra special. Stay safe and keep singing!’

The Irish Youth Training Choir 2021 Course will provisionally take place from 26-31 July 2021.

Sing Ireland send warm wishes to all singers, musicians, stakeholders and their families and look forward to happy and healthy times together in the future.

Should you wish to be informed when applications open for 2021, sign up to our ezine HERE

Irish Youth Training Choir 2019 Presents Sing Joyfully

Sing Joyfully is an exploration of how music can bring joy to so many, featuring a collection of pieces from different cultures throughout history wishing, and causing, joy for both the singer and listener.

Presented by the Irish Youth Training Choir and Sing Ireland
Sing joyfully (William Byrd)
Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake (Richard Farrant)
Beati quorum via (C. V. Stanford)
I Can Tell The World (Moses Hogan)
Adiemus (Songs of Sanctuary, Karl Jenkins)
Hide not thou thy face (Richard Farrant)
Il est bel est bon (Pierre Passereau)
Joy to the World! (Three Dog Night, arr. Jeff Funk)
Dashing away with the smoothing iron (John Rutter)

Irish Youth Choir 2019 Presents 'Heart Strings'

17th August - St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick

18th August - Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin

Conductor: Greg Beardsell

Members of the ConTempo Quartet

Few works amalgamate a style, an era and a composer more succinctly than Handel’s Dixit Dominus. Written in Rome when he was only 22 years old, surrounded by the finest singers and instrumentalists in the world, Handel’s precocious mastery of counterpoint combined with a powerful grasp of musical gesture make this piece one of the standout works of his lifetime. The text, taken from Psalm 110 portrays Christ as the all-powerful; reigning over all nations. Often times aggressive and confrontational, it can make uncomfortable reading, but it allowed Handel to unleash the full measure of his dramatic powers.

To contrast, we present two pieces which both serve as tributes to loved-ones. The first, a perfectly crafted miniature for choir and string quartet entitled Elegischer Gesang. Setting text by poet and dramatist Ignaz Franz Castelli, this serves as an exquisite dedication to the wife of Beethoven’s long-time friend and landlord Johann von Pasqualati. In his dedication, Latvian modern choral master Ēriks Ešenvalds turns to the text of the Requiem Mass to commemorate the life of this mother. His setting of In Paradisum is accompanied by solo viola and cello whose fluttering tremolandos depict the angelic journey to paradise against the backdrop of the composer’s signature homophonic choral magnificence.