Yearly Archives: 2011

A Christmas Song and Dance Festival

4th December 2011
National Concert Hall

Once again, the ever professional young performers of the Billie Barry Stage School brought their charm and style to the festivities with a delightful number from Half a Sixpence and some classic Christmas show-stoppers. Niamh Murray delighted young and old with her story telling and her golden voice, whether singing with Celine Kelly at the piano, or with the Royal Irish Acadamy of Music Wind Ensemble conducted by Fergus O’Carroll, and indeed, your own Dublin County Choir accompanied on the organ by John Dexter and conducted by Colin Block. The RIAM band performed a selection of carols with an infectious energy that had all the toes in the house tapping. We sang some beautiful old Christmas favourites and some new favorites as well, and the weather this year allowed safe passage for the fans, friends, and families of all. Our thanks go out to them, and to our dedicated musical team, the composers, and each and every performer!

Britten: St. Nicolas

12th November 2011
Church of St John the Evangelist, Ballinteer

The story and legend of St Nicolas of Myra according to composer Benjamin Britten was brought to life by a dedicated and talented corps of singers, instrumentalists, soloists, leaders, conductors, and teachers of all ages in the beautiful acoustic of St John’s Church, Ballinteer, with tenor Jacek Wislocki singing the part of St Nicolas.

Together – Ensemble – Le Chéile

Together - Ensemble - Le Chéile

16th April 2011
National Concert Hall

For this spring concert, the Dublin County Choir performed a joint concert with le Choeur Polyphonique de Lévis, our friends from Québec, Canada. It was a very multicultural program with classics in Irish, English, French, Latin and Italian and traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic. Our director, Colin Block, arranged a very special anthem for this concert: “I Believe / J’imagine”, the theme from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics for orchestra, choir, and soloists with words in French, Irish, and English, just for this occasion. Good times were had by all. Merci beaucoup, le Choeur Polyphonique, for the music, laughter and friendship!