Choir performances 1981 to 1985

DateVenueWorks performedConductorRemarks
14 March 1981Examination Hall, Trinity College DublinCarmina Burana (Orff: version for piano and percussion accompaniment)
Programme also included other works such as:
Windmills of your mind
Love is Blue
Seiber: Yugoslav Folk Songs
Bruckner: Locus iste
Colin BlockChoir’s first major concert.
Soloists: Padraig O’Rourke (baritone), Cindy Byrne (soprano), Peter Kerr (tenor);
Linda Byrne and Clive Shannon (pianos), Choristers of St Bartholomew’s Church (choirmaster David Milne)
April 1981Arklow Music FestivalColin BlockCompetition winners
8 November 1981Navan Choral FestivalBrahms: ‘Der Todt ist verschlungen’ from Ein deutsches RequiemColin Block
1 December 1981St Michael’s Church, Dún LaoghaireSacred music with organ accompaniment;
Works by Parry, Britten, Brahms, Mozart, Victoria, Berlioz.
Colin BlockOrganist: David Milne; soloist: Frank Patterson (tenor)
April 1982Isle of Man Choral FestivalIncl. ‘In Summertime on Bredon’Colin BlockFirst non-Manx winners of the Transvaal Shield
13 November 1982National Concert Hall, DublinBeethoven: Mass in C
Kinsella: Jubilate Deo (first performance)
Colin BlockChoir’s first performance with professional orchestra and soloists. Kinsella work commissioned by Choir
26 March 1983National Concert Hall, DublinOrff: Carmina Burana; Victoria: O magnum mysterium; Mozart: Ave verum K.618Colin Block
April 1983National Concert Hall, DublinGilbert and Sullivan festival
Including excerpts from The Pirates of Penzance and Princess Ida
Proinsias Ó DuinnRTÉ Concert Orchestra; concert promoted by RTÉ
28 October 1983National Concert Hall, DublinTrad. arr Sargent: Little David play on your harp; trad. arr. Rowley: The lark in the clear air; Wagner: Pilgrims’ chorus from Tannhäuser; Strauss: Nuns’ chorus from Casanova; Seiber: See the bold hussars; Sullivan: excerpts from The pirates of PenzanceKenneth AlwynBBC/RTÉ co-production “Friday night is Music Night” (live broadcast)
19 November 1983St Patrick’s Cathedral, DublinBritten: St Nicolas; Berlioz: Epilogue from L’enfance du ChristColin BlockSt Patrick’s Cathedral choristers (choirmaster John Dexter); Peter Kerr (tenor)
3 & 4 December 1983National Concert Hall, Dublina wide selection of Christmas and festive numbers, incl. Silent Night (arr. Block), Let the Bells RingColin BlockChristmas Festival promoted by Des Maccabee
28 May 1984Liberty Hall, DublinColin BlockITGWU 75th anniversary concert
21 September 1984National Concert Hall, DublinBeethoven: Mass in C op. 86Colman PearceRTÉ promotion, with RTÉ Symphony Orchestra and soloists
20 April 1985National Concert Hall, Dublin‘Vienna Gold & Silver’:
Lehár: The Count of LuxembourgThe Gipsy BaronThe Merry Widow (all excerpts) and Gold and Silver Waltz; Strauss: Die Fledermaus (excerpts); Kalman: The Gipsy Princess (excerpt); Zeller: The Bird Seller (excerpt)
Proinsias Ó DuinnRTÉ promotion, with RTÉ Concert Orchestra and soloists
27 September 1985National concert Hall, DublinOrff: Carmina BuranaAlbert RosenRTÉ promotion.
RTÉ Symphony Orchestra; Sheila Armstrong (soprano), James Bowman (tenor), Stephen Roberts (bass); Dublin Boy Singers (director Frank Hughes)