Date for the Diary!
On Saturday 1st April 2023 The Guinness Choir will perform Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and his ‘Mass in C Minor’ in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 2
Details to follow
‘Christmas Joy’ Concert
The Guinness Choir performed our ‘Christmas Joy’ concert at on Sunday 11th December 2022 in the wonderful St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin 2.
The concert included a selection of works from some of the outstanding living composers from across Europe, UK and USA, balanced by pieces from the renaissance and baroque eras. With additional contributions from our wonderful guest accompanists Anthony Byrne, Piano and Sokol Koka, Cello together with soloist Jade Phoenix, Soprano and a helping of ‘old favourites’ from the seasonal repertoire, this was a Christmas feast of choral sound!
More information on Recent Concerts here
Music Director – Ciarán Kelly
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 as Music Director. We look forward to an exciting, challenging and rewarding choral experience under his baton!
Our 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 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 10.00p.m. from September to May.
The Guinness Choir
The Guinness Choir was founded in 1951, over 70 years ago, for the employees of the Guinness brewery. It is one of the oldest mixed voice 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 privilege 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 YouTube channel has some footage of our 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.