Dublin youth chamber choir in áras an uachtaráin
On 2nd October 2019, Dublin Youth Chamber Choir was honoured to perform for President Michael D. Higgins, Mrs Sabina Higgins, and their guests at the President’s official residence, Áras an Uachtaráin. President and Mrs Higgins were hosting an event for families campaigning for justice for the Birmingham bombing victims, and for representatives of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.
Chamber Choir performed beautiful music by Irish composers Seán Doherty, Conor O'Reilly and Michael McGlynn, and a movement of the All-Night Vigil by Rachmaninov. They ended their performance with a setting of the Sunset Poem by Dylan Thomas, one of the President’s favourite poems.
champions of the european choir games 2019
Dublin Youth Chamber Choir represented Ireland at the European Choir Games in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 3–7 August 2019. They were named Champions of the European Choir Games in the Youth Choir category and were awarded two gold medals, including one for the international Grand Prix, and a gold diploma for their performances. The awards ceremony took place in the Partille Arena, Gothenburg. Dublin Youth Choir was honoured to be the only choir representing Ireland out of the 171 choirs and 6300 participants from 47 nations who took part in the European Choir Games. The Irish national anthem was the first of seven national anthems to be sung .
Artistic Director and Founder, Lynsey Callaghan
“This is a huge achievement for Dublin Youth Choir. We began rehearsing just two years ago but through the hard work and total dedication of every young singer and volunteer, we have accomplished more than I thought was possible in this short time. Our singers and music team strive for excellence and we are delighted that this has been recognised on an international stage. Every member of the DYC family is crucial to the success of Dublin Youth Choir and the singers’ determination, diligence, and passion was evident in their performances at the European Choir Games. We are excited to build on this achievement throughout the next academic year and for DYC to continue to grow and improve. We will add three new choirs to the DYC family in September 2019, facilitating the participation of singers from 7 to 28 years old.”