Our Lady’s Choral Society

In 1945 Dr. Vincent O’Brien (director of the Palestrina Choir) and Fr. Andrew Griffith (curate in the Pro-Cathedral) had the support of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid to bring together choirs from parishes in the Dublin Archdiocese to sing Handel’s Messiah, which had premiered in Dublin in 1742. The choir marked the 250th Anniversary of the first performance of Messiah with the first of its Messiah in the Street performances in Fishamble Street, near Christchurch, in April 1992 and has continued the practice each year since. In February 2009, Our Lady’s Choral Society had the distinction of being the first choir to perform Handel’s Messiah in the Vatican. The choir was invited to perform the oratorio in the Paul VI Audience Hall for Pope Benedict XVI and an audience of 6,000 on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Vatican City State.Today, Our Lady’s Choral Society holds a unique place in the diverse, cosmopolitan city that Dublin has become. Under the guardianship of the Archdiocese, OLCS welcomes members from all religions and all walks of life. And for many people living in Dublin, the Christmas season simply does not begin until they've heard at least one performance of Handel’s Messiah by Our Lady’s Choral Society. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is President, Fr Paul Ward is Director and Mr Proinnsias Ó Duinn is Music Director.


Title of event

Our Lady’s Choral Society and Friends in Concert.

Description of event Choral Concert.Amongst their repertoire at IEC2012 Our Lady’s Choral Society will include The Armed Man (The opening movement from Karl Jenkins—The Armed Man a Mass for Peace), Misa Criolla (Ariel Ramirez), The Deer’s Cry (St. Patrick’s Breastplate—music composed by Shaun Davey) and Better is Peace (The closing movement from Karl Jenkins—The Armed Man a Mass for Peace).
Date of event Friday 15th June

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