IYC Team

Bernie Sherlock - Irish Youth Choirs Artistic Director

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Bernie Sherlock is the conductor of the multi-award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices which she founded in 2005, and of the Culwick Choral Society. She received her training in choral conducting from Ildikó Herboly Kocsár and Peter Erdei during two years of study in Hungary. She subsequently continued her studies with Gerhard Markson and earned a Masters in Conducting from NUI Maynooth.

Bernie has extensive experience directing a wide range of choirs. She was for ten years the Choral Director at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, during which time she led the DIT Chamber Choir to numerous first prizes at the Cork International Choral Festival and at Dublin Feis Ceoil.

Patrick Barrett - Irish Youth Training Choir Conductor

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Patrick Barrett is an Irish conductor based in London specialising in choral music and opera. He is currently Chorus Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Junior Choruses, Conductor of the University of Reading Chamber Choir and Conductor of Farnham Youth Choir’s Junior Choir. He also regularly works with the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company and is conducting the National Youth Choir of Great Britain's Cambiata Choir this Summer. Previous roles include Guest Chorus Master for the CBSO Children’s Chorus under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Conductor of the University of Birmingham's Women’s Choir and Brockham Choral Society.

Patrick studied Music Education at Trinity College Dublin and DIT including additional study at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary as part of the Erasmus programme. In 2013, he moved to Cardiff for an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Neil Ferris where he took part in masterclasses with Simon Halsey, Paul Brough, Peter Hanke, Karen Grylls, Alice Farnham and Voces8.