‘Christmas Joy’ Concert, Sunday 11th December 2022

Date for your diary! The Guinness Choir invite you to our glorious ‘Christmas Joy’ concert at 6p.m. on Sunday 11th December 2022 in the wonderful St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin 1.

Let this selection of rich, contemplative and joyful seasonal pieces carry you upwards on a sleigh of sound, beyond the noise of daily life, to an ethereal other world of peace and joy.

The concert will focus on a selection of works from some of the outstanding composers of this generation from across Europe, UK and USA, balanced by pieces from the renaissance and baroque eras.

With additional contributions by our wonderful guest soloists Anthony Byrne, Piano; Sokol Koka, Cello and Jade Phoenix, Soprano and a helping of ‘old favourites’ from the seasonal repertoire, this will be a Christmas feast of choral sound!

Anthony Byrne

Anthony Byrne

Sokol Koka

Jade Phoenix








Tickets are €20 (inc booking fee) and are available from Eventbrite.ie
More information on Upcoming Concerts here

Music Director – Ciarán Kelly

Ciarán Kelly, Music Director

Ciarán Kelly took up his appointment as our new Music Director in September 2022. Ciarán hails from Derry and has sung competitively and as a performer in Ireland, the UK and America. He is the recently appointed Head of Music in King’s Hospital School, Palmerstown and is a former Assistant Director of Music at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin. Ciarán has an MMus in Choral Conducting, is an experienced choral tutor and has led workshops with choral societies, schools and universities in the UK, Europe and Asia. He is also founder and Artistic Director of Ardú, a professional prizewinning vocal ensemble and a conductor of other choral groups.

The Guinness Choir is absolutely thrilled to have a musician of Ciarán’s calibre, energy and experience joining as Music Director. We look forward to an exciting, challenging and rewarding choral experience under his baton!

New Rehearsal Venue


The Guinness Choir is also delighted that Holy Trinity Church, Rathmines is now our wonderful new rehearsal venue. The church includes a generous, comfortable rehearsal space with excellent acoustics together with a break out area (for a well-earned tea break!) and full washroom facilities. There is free on-street car parking (after 7pm) and the Beechwood Luas stop is 7 minutes walking distance. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday from 7.45p.m. to 10.15p.m. from September to May.

The Guinness Choir

The Guinness Choir was founded in 1951 all of 70 years ago for the employees of the Guinness brewery. It is one of the oldest mixed choirs in Dublin and was one of the earliest workplace choirs in Ireland. The choir has since left the ambit of the brewery and is an independent, self-funded, choir attracting amateur singers from all over Dublin and beyond to sing the great oratorios and major classical works as well as the many beautiful choral works from the renaissance, baroque, modern and contemporary eras. Over the years, the choir has given many hundreds of amateur singers the opportunity and honour to perform these works with professional orchestras and soloists in major venues in Ireland and abroad.

Joining the choir

We are always delighted to welcome new singers.


The 2022/2023 season offers exciting new opportunities for new members, especially as we have a dynamic new music director in Ciarán Kelly and a wonderful new rehearsal venue.
This season includes our Christmas concert; Voice training Workshops; Mozart concert in April 2023 and Vivaldi concert in June 2023.
Auditions are held in August/September and January of each season. If you would like to join The Guinness Choir click here for more information.
Whichever voice part suits you, whether beginner or expert, you will be among supportive friends.

Our videos

Our YouTube channel has some footage of our most recent concert, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in May 2022. It also shows what some of our members say about their experience when joining the choir.

Here’s what Liliana (soprano) and Ben (bass) say:


Like everyone, The Guinness Choir is much relieved that the societal threat posed by the Covid-19 virus has abated. However, health and safety is always our primary concern and we will continue to follow whatever requirements and protocols are mandated by government.



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