Irish Youth Training Choir 2021

The Irish Youth Training Choir is excited to return in 2021!

Summer Course 2021

16th - 20th August 2021, University of Limerick.

The Irish Youth Training Choir is currently accepting applications for tenors, baritones and basses to their 2021 summer course. If you are between the ages of 14-17 and would like to join the choir, SIGN-UP HERE!

What is the Irish Youth Training Choir?

The Irish Youth Training Choir (IYTC) provides enthusiastic young singers, aged 14-17, the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of group singing in the beautiful residential setting of the University of Limerick. Singers learn a wide variety of music and develop their vocal technique under the guidance of the choir’s principal conductor, Patrick Barrett, and a team of leading professional musicians. We welcome singers from all backgrounds and no previous experience of choral singing or reading music is necessary. As a member of IYTC you’ll enjoy singing alongside like-minded musicians, develop your musicianship and singing ability and make friends for life!

What can I expect from the Summer Course?

Culminating in a concert performance, the IYTC residential is five days long. During the course, your timetable will be jam-packed everyday with physical and vocal warm-ups, musicianship classes, sectional and full choir rehearsals - a complete singing experience! There’s plenty of down-time too, and sports and other activities are organised as part of the course. You’ll sleep in apartments designed for college students, and we’ll eat our meals together in the college restaurant, The Stables. You’ll definitely work hard on an IYTC, but you’ll also have lots of fun, and delivering a brilliant concert at the end of the course is a feeling like no other!

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.

Am I eligible?

We are only accepting applications from tenors, baritones, and basses for the 2021 summer course.

  • Applicants must be Irish or resident in Ireland
  • Applicants must be aged 14 - 17 during the course
  • Applicants should have relevant choral/singing experience
  • Applicants should have a nominating music teacher or equivalent

In exceptional circumstances people not fitting these criteria may be considered

How much does it cost?

€385 (Inclusive of course fee, food + accommodation)

How do I sign-up?

Sing Ireland is constantly monitoring Covid-19 restrictions. See FAQs for our summer courses HERE

Any queries about the course can be directed to or 061 234823