We were not alone

The choir notched up another successful appearance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin last night (Friday 3 May) when we took part with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. This involved the film being shown on a large cinema screen suspended in front of the organ and central choir stalls, with the film’s dialogue being relayed to the audience via the speaker system, and also displayed via subtitles on the film, and the accompanying soundtrack being performed by orchestra and choir, members of the choir sitting in the remaining choir stalls at either side of the screen.

While we had no difficulty with the words (chiefly because there weren’t any), fitting the oohs and aahs and various sound effects in at the right time required a great deal of concentration and counting. Fortunately we were ably assisted by the conductor Ernst van Tiel who provided the necessary direction to orchestra and choir, synchronised exactly to the action on the screen with the assistance of his own monitor. Everything worked perfectly on the night resulting in a very exciting and atmospheric performance which was hugely enjoyed by the large audience, who showed their appreciation at the end with a standing ovation.

Another of the varied musical experiences which we all enjoy as members of the Goethe Choir. Thanks to all the singers who took part in this memorable evening and a special thanks to our choir director John Dexter in successfully preparing us for this somewhat different musical assignment.

A photo taken before the event by an audience member

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 3/5/19

Following our successful and innovative performance of Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” to a sell-out audience at the Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin on 23 March, the Goethe Choir’s next performance will be on Friday 3 May 2019 with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin in a presentation with live music of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.  The film features a groundbreaking and magnificent score written by John Williams, which will be performed live and in sync with the film.   The choir is honoured to be asked to participate in this popular presentation.

Tickets are available from the National Concert Hall and may be booked online at www.nch.ie.

Choir newsletter

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Next concert – Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo on 23 March

For our next concert we will be presenting a concert performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday 23 March, starting at 8pm.    Written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua, L’Orfeo is the earliest surviving opera that is still regularly performed.

Tickets cost €27.50 each and may be booked online via Eventbrite

The performance will feature the following artists:

Matthew Long — Orfeo
Sharon Carty — Euridice
John Elwes — Apollo
Sylvia O’Brien — Soprano
Brendan Collins — Bass

Siobhán Armstrong — Harp

Paul Herriott  – Narrator

with the Goethe Choir & Goethe Ensemble conducted by John Dexter.

For more details go to http://goethechoir.ie/index.php/events


Welcome to the Goethe Choir

Following a meeting of members in early February 2019, the choir decided to change its name from the Goethe-Institut Choir to the Goethe Choir.  Although originally founded in 1965 under the auspices of the Goethe-Institut in Dublin and rehearsing for many years at the Institut’s main building in Merrion Square, the choir has had no direct relationship with the Goethe-Institut for a number of years, and now rehearses weekly in the Lutherhaus, St. Finian’s Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.

In view of these circumstances, it was felt that this was an opportune moment for the choir to establish its own identity, separate from that of the Goethe-Institut.  With over 50 years of successful singing in Dublin and elsewhere behind it, the choir now looks forward to an equally successful and lengthy future with its new identity.


Sunday 18th November at 12:30 – German Remembrance day at Glencree to commemorate all casualties from the wars. This is a moving event centred on peace and reconciliation (http://glencree.ie/). The Goethe-Institut Choir is honoured to be invited to participate.

National Choral Singing Week

Love to sing? Want to rehearse Bach, Rachmaninov and Pärt with one of Dublin’s leading choirs? As part of National Choral Singing Week in association with Mental Health Ireland we are inviting singers to join our rehearsal. Join in the singing and there will be refreshments on the night too. We look forward to seeing you there!

When & Where: Tues 9th Oct at 7.15pm in the Lutherhaus Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 (opposite the Royal Eye & Ear Hospital).

Join us!