Music Director – Ciarán Kelly

David Milne was our music director for thirty one rewarding years. He announced his retirement from the position shortly after our “Sing Again” concert in May 2022. Over the course of the summer the choir undertook a structured, open recruitment process to find a new Music Director.

The Guinness Choir is delighted that Ciarán Kelly has been appointed as our new Music Director. Ciarán will take up the post in September 2022.

Ciarán Kelly, Music Director

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 to be 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 little more than 5 minutes walking distance. Rehearsals will be held every Tuesday from 7.45p.m. to 10.15p.m. commencing on Tuesday 6th September 2022.

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.

Open rehearsal – “Sing with Us”

Please join us and have a great time making great music! We are always delighted to welcome new singers in each voice part.
Come along to our ‘Sing with Us’ evening on Tuesday 20th September 2022 in Holy Trinity Church, Rathmines, where you can take part in a friendly rehearsal, get to know the choir and see if it would suit you.
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.
One of Ciarán’s many strengths is his desire and ability to develop the potential of singers, from whatever is your starting point – beginner or expert. Whichever voice part suits you, you will be among supportive friends.
On joining the choir you will be given a short introductory information pack which helps to set the scene. And we will be organizing workshops and vocal training along the way so that you can get full enjoyment from every rehearsal. Other resources and assistance will be available as appropriate to help you.
If you would like to join The Guinness Choir click here for more information.

Christmas Concert December 2022

The choir has decided to postpone its proposed performance of the Christmas Oratorio next December. A new programme for our annual Christmas Concert, together with venue and dates will be announced in due course.

Our videos

Our YouTube channel shows what some of our members say about their experience of singing in the choir.

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

Your Support during Covid

Like everyone, The Guinness Choir is much relieved that the societal threat posed by Covid 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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