Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, The

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Ireland’s finest choirs. Tracing its origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school, the cathedral choir has always been highly regarded in Dublin’s musical life and took part in the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742. With the largest repertoire of any cathedral choir in the country, covering more than five centuries and including many works commissioned especially for it, the present choir is a mixed ensemble of around eighteen adult singers. In addition to singing at five cathedral services a week, the choir is in demand for television and radio broadcasts in both the UK and Ireland, including BBC Radio Three’s iconic Choral Evensong and appearing on RTE’s Sunday Worship programme and a special RTE Radio broadcast on St Patrick’s Day. In recent years the choir has also recorded a number of CDs, including an award-winning collection of Christmas Carols and two critically acclaimed CDs, Meditations and Remembrances, of the works of contemporary composer Francis Pott, and I Love Alll Beauteous Things, a disc of the choral and organ music of Herbert Howells, to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the composer’s death. The choir has toured extensively in Ireland, England and France. It has performed in concerts and at services in New Zealand, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia, and in Westminster Abbey.

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