The choir was due to start rehearsals at the beginning of September following our summer break. However, due to the ongoing restrictions relating to the Covid-19 emergency, it is not going to be possible for us to hold normal rehearsals for the foreseeable future. Our planned concert in the National Concert Hall in December has also been cancelled, as the NCH is closed until the end of 2020. We will instead be holding online rehearsals on Tuesday evenings, with members taking direction at home via video link from our musical director John Dexter followed by an online Zoom session which will give us an opportunity to socialise, albeit remotely. Amongst other works, we will be rehearsing online JS Bach’s Magnificat, a work which we were due to perform in the NCH in December. We are hoping that we will get the opportunity to perform this wonderful work some time during 2021.
Although we haven’t been able to meet physically for rehearsal for some time, we’ve continued singing together virtually and have recorded one of the choir’s long-time favourites “Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen” by Heinrich Isaac, with a number of members of the choir recording themselves singing individually at home under the remote direction of our music director John Dexter:
Singing and performing since 1965, the Dublin-based Goethe Choir (formerly the Goethe-Institut Choir) is a mixed choir which brings a varied programme of great choral music to audiences at home and abroad.
The choir currently has about 80 members of many different nationalities, giving it a unique cosmopolitan and international flavour. We perform at least three concerts per year with professional orchestras or accompaniment in the major Dublin venues and over the years have undertaken multiple trips to choral festivals abroad.
The choir is always looking for new recruits in each voice part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass). If you are interested in joining, details of how to contact the choir for an audition can be found on the Join us page on this website.
As a sample of the choir’s singing, here is a video of excerpts from a recent concert in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin: