The choir was due to start rehearsals at the beginning of September 2020 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 was cancelled as the NCH is currently closed and we have no new concert engagements planned at this stage. 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. The works we are currently rehearsing include ‘Insanae et Vanae Curae’ by Haydn, ‘Crucifixus’ by Antonio Lotti, ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ by Fauré and ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ by Morten Lauredson. We are hoping that we will get the opportunity to perform these works some time during 2021.
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: