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.
Under our dynamic Music Director, David Brophy, DLCS has recently performed in the National Concert Hall, the O2 Dublin, The Waterfront, Belfast and The Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
We have broadcast on RTE Radio One and Lyric FM and we performed with some 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 had the added experience of collaborating with international recording artists Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli at the O2 Dublin and the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
Another highlight was when, to celebrate our 30th anniversary, DLCS commissioned Shaun Davey to write a new work - Songs from the High Seas - performed to a capacity audience at the NCH in March 2012, at the Feile na Bealtaine festival in Dingle in May 2013 and at Culture Night 2014 at the new LexIcon library in Dun Laoghaire.
In 2014/2015 we completed a really exciting project where we performed the Complete Series of Mozart Masses. For the first time in Irish amateur choral history, the choir performed the entire series of 17 Mozart Masses over a cycle of 5 concerts, from February 2014 to May 2015 in St Ann's Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2.
The choir rehearses every Thursday night from 7.30 - 10pm at the Quaker Hall, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Rehearsals are led by David Brophy and our accompanist is Fergal Caulfield.
Open Nights & Auditions
We usually host an Open Night each May, during which anyone is welcome to come and join our rehearsal and enjoy the experience. Our most recent Open Night was in April 2016. The next one will not be until some time later in the year or early 2017.
Programme for 2016
We have had a jam-packed schedule in 2016. Our most recent concert 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 will be repeating this performance in February 2017 in the National Concert Hall with the RTE Concert Orchestra
We also recently sang in Turin, Italy with the Waldensian Choir of Turin, who had visited us the week before in Dublin for a programme of Mozart, Bach and Stanford. And prior to that in March we performed an All-American programme of choral music by Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson in Dublin's St Ann's Church.
After the summer break, we held auditions for new members, and recruited a new Assistant Music Director, Julie Shanley. November 12th sees the launch of our exciting CHORAL FUSION series of double-choir concerts with the Galway Baroque Singers which will take us through to 2018. Further details can be found here.
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.