New Musical Director

David Milne, who has been our musical director for thirty one rewarding years, announced his retirement from the position shortly after our “Sing Again” concert. A new Musical Director will be required from September 2022.

The Guinness Choir wish to appoint an experienced, enthusiastic Musical Director who shares our love of great choral music and who will bring their own energy and inspiration to continue our very successful musical journey, further developing our choir.

Further information and application form are available here:

The Guinness Choir Culture (PDF)

Guinness Choir Musical Director Job specification (PDF)

Guinness Choir Musical Director Application Form (MS Word, to be filled in and returned by email)

The deadline date for applications is Friday 15th July 2022.

‘Christmas Oratorio’, J.S. Bach December 2022

We are planning ahead! Rehearsals are already underway for our next concert. We will perform JS Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’ in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Dublin on Sunday 18th December 2022.

This breath-taking masterpiece, written specifically for the Christmas season, comprises some of the most beautiful of Bach’s chorales in a powerful exultation of life. It will be a truly moving experience for all.

Auditions

Please join us and have a great time making great music!

We are always delighted to welcome new singers in each voice part. The 2022/2023 season offers exciting new opportunities for new members, especially as we will have a new musical director. Auditions will be scheduled for late August or shortly after the appointment of our new Musical Director. If you would like to join The Guinness Choir click here for more information about auditions.

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..

“Sing Again” Concert 14th May 2022

We sang for the first time in almost three years when we performed our “Sing Again” concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 14 May 2022.  More information and photographs of the event.

New Composition – Judith Ring

To mark our 70th anniversary, the choir commissioned Irish composer Judith Ring to compose a ten minute choral work based on the poem ‘The Weaver’ by Diane Tierney. This received its world premiere as part of our ‘Sing Again’ concert on 14th May 2022. Here’s a short extract from the final section of the piece. This initiative was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

PhD Scholarship

Over the course of its 70 year history, The Guinness Choir has maintained an extensive library and archive. This is now housed at the Conservatory of Music at the Department of Music, TU Dublin, Grangegorman, where it can be maintained and shared with students.

In collaboration with the Conservatoire, the choir has initiated and is funding a PhD so that this unique and important archive can be properly researched. After an open competition, the Scholarship has been awarded to Roddy O’Keefe, lecturer, Cork School of Music. The choir looks forward to interim reports from Roddy and to the publication of his findings in due course.

Rehearsals

For many years, until Covid hit, we rehearsed in the Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Our rehearsal venues have always been in, or close to, Dublin city centre. Recently we have been rehearsing in Rathgar or in The Royal Hospital Donnybrook on a short-term basis in advance of relocating to a new permanent location.

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

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

Your Support during Covid

The Guinness Choir would like to thank all those who have continued to support us through these recent turbulent times. In particular we greatly appreciate the support of our principal Sponsors, our Friends and Patrons and our loyal audiences, including our followers on social media, who have shown such patience and understanding. 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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