Are you looking for new choir members?
The requirements of the choir change from time to time. However, gentlemen are always in demand! If you are interested please send a mail to email@example.com or come along to one of our open evenings, usually scheduled in early January and early September .
Do you have to work at Dublin Airport?
You will be glad to hear that no, you don’t need to work for Dublin Airport. The name comes from our original Musical Director, Tony Madden, who worked at Dublin Airport when he founded the choir over 20 years ago. However, now we have choir members from all walks of life and from all areas of Dublin.
Do I need to be able to read music?
No, it’s not essential although having even a basic grasp can be useful. Our Musical Director, incorporates the rudiments of sight reading into our rehearsal as having a musically literate choir means we can practice more efficiently. Choir members are encouraged to learn.
Are you looking for Pavarotti/Kiri Te Kanawa?
We are looking for committed people who have a decent enough voice, a good ear and who can ‘hold a tune’. One of the benefits of singing with the choir is that you will be given excellent vocal training and most of our members would agree that their voices have strengthened and improved under Morgan’s tutelage. Before joining the choir, you will be required to have a short informal audition.
Who is responsible for the Repertoire?
Our Musical Director (with input from the committee) is responsible for selecting the repertoire. We have a substantial back catalogue to dip into and refresh; generally we will select several new pieces to rehearse and perform every season.
Do you perform often?
We aim to perform in at least two or three concerts every season. We have a long-established and successful concert of seasonal music which we hold in All Hallows every Christmas. We have sung at Farmleigh, Malahide Castle, the Helix and Phizzfest among many others.
In the past we have entered various competitions at choral festivals including New Ross, Navan and Cork. We have also been represented in various Festivals abroad. We have traveled to Krakow, Poland, Yorkshire and have been to Italy and Austria in the past few years.
Is it very serious? What are the other members like?
The choir works hard and we are committed to delivering the best possible performance we can.
However we are also a friendly, sociable bunch and we try to get together at least twice a year for a party and a sing-song. The friendships that have developed and the laughs we share add to the enjoyment of the rehearsals and the performances. And we always extend a warm welcome to newcomers, after all members are the lifeblood of our choir and ensure its ongoing viability and success.
What sort of commitment would I need to give?
Choir members are required to attend all scheduled rehearsals which take place every Tuesday. Coming up to a competition or concert we may need to schedule extra rehearsals. It’s vital that members take some time to practice at home.
Where do you practice?
We have recently move our rehearsals to Clontarf due to our previous rehearsal location being unavailable after restrictions. We currently rehearse every Tuesday from 8pm-10pm in St. John the Baptist church 15 Seafield Rd W, Clontarf East, Dublin, D03 NX77. Please note that there are two churches in Clontarf with the same name, so please ensure you are going to the Seafield road address.
How are you organised?
We are funded by members’ yearly subscriptions and managed by a committee of 6-8 members. We hold an AGM every January, at which the members elect a new committee to work with our Musical Director on the programme for the coming year, plan trips abroad and arrange social events.