A Bit About Us
Established over 30 years ago in 1982, Dún Laoghaire Choral Society is an amateur choir of over 80 singers that aims to share with our audiences a rich variety of choral music from medieval to classical and contemporary pieces, including newly commissioned works.
DLCS has performed in all the major Irish music venues, including the National Concert Hall, the O2 Dublin, The Waterfront, Belfast and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. We also enjoy performing in the beautiful acoustics of some of Dublin's loveliest churches, such as St Ann's Church, Dawson St and Monkstown Parish Church, Co Dublin.
We have broadcast on RTE Radio One and Lyric FM and we performed with many of Ireland's leading soloists and orchestras, such as the RTE Concert Orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.
As well singing many iconic choral works over the years by Mozart, Handel, Faure, Elgar, Britten, Rossini, Rutter etc our repertoire also includes smaller, lesser known works by contemporary composers. And in recent years we have embarked on special series of concerts, such as the Complete Mozart Masses, performing all 17 of his masses over a cycle of 5 concerts in Dublin from February 2014 to May 2015. We also recently performed a series of music for double-choir, together with the Galway Baroque Singers, performing music especially composed for two choirs.
We have had the added experience of collaborating with international recording artists Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli at the O2 Dublin and the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
We have had a jam-packed schedule over the past few years. One highlight was an amazing Concert for Peace, Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising & World War One, together with Cor Mhaigh Eo, the Ballina Chamber Choir and the RTE Concert Orchestra. This concert was held in Knock Basilica, Co Mayo and was part of the Mayo International Choral Festival programme. The programme included music by Irish composer Patrick Cassidy and Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man. The concert was attended by over 2400 guests, including President Michael D. Higgins.
We also sang in Turin with the Waldensian Choir of Turin, with a programme of Mozart, Bach and Stanford. We're a choir who likes travelling - whether it is abroad or just across Ireland. The social aspect of the choir is very important to us!
The choir rehearses every Thursday night from 7.30 - 10pm at the Quaker Hall, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Rehearsals are led by our Music Director John Doyle and our accompanist is Fergal Caulfield.
Programme for 2018/19
The programme for 2018/2019 has not been finalised yet, but we do know there will be a concert of Palestrina, Purcell and Bach on 21 October- venue to be confirmed - and our annual Messiah for All will take place on 8 December in Monkstown Parish Church. We will also be singing with Andrea Bocelli in the 3Arena at the end of October.
DLCS seeks to provide our singers with challenging, diverse, and highly enjoyable choral experiences that enable them to contribute to the cultural life of Dún Laoghaire, Dublin city and sometimes beyond! Get in touch if you'd like to be part of it.