Recent Concerts

C.V. Stanford Centenary Concert

On Saturday 11th May 2024 The Guinness Choir and Orchestra performed Charles Villiers Stanford’s ‘Mass in G’ at St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin 2. This concert celebrated a great Dublin-born composer – Charles Villiers Stanford and included short pieces from acclaimed contemporary composers, Judith Ring and Jake Runestad.

For this special performance of the Mass in G, The Guinness Choir and its professional Orchestra was joined by our wonderful soloists Caroline Behan, Soprano; Sarah Luttrell, Alto; William Pearson, Tenor; and Matthew Mannion, Bass. As well as performing as part of the orchestra, The Weaver and Cello Songs featured the brilliant cellist Rosalie Curlett and the exciting Scottish pianist Connor Wilcox.

2024 is the centenary of the death of the Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924). He was born in Dublin to a very musical family and as a child he quickly became an accomplished young musician. After graduating from University of Cambridge, he undertook further studies in Leipzig and Berlin. Perhaps best known as the teacher of such great English composers as Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Samuel Taylor-Coleridge and Herbert Howells, Stanford is increasingly recognised as a fine composer in his own right. Throughout his career Stanford displayed a keen pride in his Irish nationality, as evidenced in the many Irish referenced compositions. Nonetheless he was a fervent unionist and British patriot.

‘The Weaver’, by Irish composer Judith Ring, on a poem by Diane Tierney, was commissioned by The Guinness Choir who performed its world premiere in May 2022. This was its second ever performance.

The concert concluded with the Irish Premiere of ‘Cello Songs’ by the highly acclaimed US composer Jake Runestad.

‘Dreamweaver’ Christmas Concert

Our ‘Dreamweaver’ Christmas 2023 concert featured the Irish Premiere of two wonderful seasonal pieces – ‘Dreamweaver’ by Ola Gjeilo and ‘Winter’ by Jake Runestad. We were accompanied by the Leinster String Quartet; Anthony Byrne, Piano; and Mairéad Buicke, Soprano.

Summer of Vivaldi, Friday 2nd June 2023

The Guinness Choir completed its 2022-23 Season with a joyful programme of sacred and secular music by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). The Guinness choir was particularly delighted to feature soloists from the Music Conservatoire of TUDublin, some of Ireland’s very best young emerging vocal talent.

Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor

On Saturday 1st April 2023 The Guinness Choir and Orchestra performed Mozart’s Requiem and his Mass in C Minor in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 2 at 7.30p.m. Conducted by Ciarán Kelly with soloists Kelli-Ann Masterson, Soprano, Megan O’Neill, Soprano, Leanne Fitzgerald, Alto, Andrew Gavin, Tenor, and Rory Dunne, Bass. Speaking about the concert Ciarán Kelly, Music Director of The Guinness Choir, said: “The Requiem was one of the first large-scale pieces I ever learned and performed, and it remains my favourite choral work to this day. The mystery around these works only adds to the excitement we feel when we hear and perform them. The ways in which Mozart takes us on a journey, musically, spiritually and dramatically are, in my opinion, unique to this masterful composer.” 

‘Christmas Joy’

The Guinness Choir performed our ‘Christmas Joy’ concert at on Sunday 11th December 2022 in 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! We were delighted to see so many people brave the very cold weather to attend and we were doubly delighted at the warmth of the audience reaction to the programme.

Soloists: Sokol Koka,                     Anthony Byrne,                           Jade Phoenix


Christmas Concert

Annual Christmas Concert  On 8th December 2019 at 7p.m. in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin The Guinness Choir performed our Christmas Concert with special guest, Mary Coughlan. The choir performed beautiful…

Handel’s Messiah

Messiah in Phibsborough On 24th November 2019 in St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough Guinness Choir performed Handel’s Messiah with soloists Colette Boushell – Soprano, Patricia Bardon – Alto, Rory Musgrave – Tenor and…

‘Brilliant Bach’

Our end of season concert took place in the National Concert Hall on 11th May 2019. The choir and orchestra conducted by David Milne performed three brilliant pieces; Easter Oratorio,…

Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas Concert took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral once again this year. We were delighted to have Kathleen Turner as our ‘Special Guest’. Plans are in place for…

Iveagh Garden’s Guild

The 75th Anniversary of the Iveagh Gardens Garden Guild         On 28th August, members of The Guinness Choir took part in special event to mark the 75th…

Michael O’Neal Singers

Our final musical event of the season took place on 4th June at Christ Church Cathedral when we were invited to participate in a concert promoted by the Michael McNeal…

A record of all our concerts performed to date can be found in our Archives.


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