Christmas concert cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the serious increase in Covid infection rates in Ireland and the government advice to reduce social interaction, we have decided to cancel our planned Christmas concert on December 6th 2021 in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

In the light of medical and other advice we determined that it would be too risky for choir members to continue with rehearsals in preparation for the concert and that it would also be unsafe for choir members and audience members alike in the concert itself.  We have therefore very reluctantly decided that it would be in everyone’s best interests to cancel the concert this year.   The National Concert Hall has informed us that the cost of any tickets purchased from them will be refunded in full to the account from which the online purchase was made.

We’d like to apologise to all who were looking forward to hearing us singing, but hopefully we will be able to perform live again as soon as possible in 2022.

Back in the Lutherhaus

Following the easing of Covid19 restrictions in September and October we are delighted to announce that the Goethe Choir is planning to return to weekly in-person rehearsals starting on Tuesday Oct 5th.  These will take place in our usual rehearsal venue in the Lutherhaus, St. Finian’s Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.  We will need to implement a range of procedures in order to ensure the safety of all concerned, including the wearing of masks during singing, maintaining physical separation between singers, ensuring adequate ventilation during the rehearsal and cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces after use.  This means that we will be unable to accommodate a full choir at each rehearsal, so it is planned to divide the membership in two and allow each group to rehearse in alternate weeks.  Rehearsals will be available to be viewed live remotely by members during the weeks in which they are not attending.

We are planning to hold our usual Christmas concert in the National Concert Hall once more this year in December, if conditions permit, and will be rehearsing an exciting programme in preparation for that.  We are keen to attract new members to the choir following our resumption after a long lay-off, so if you are not currently a choir member and would like to join us in these rehearsals as a choir member, please contact us via our ‘Join Us‘ webpage.

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

We have now added a facility on the choir website to issue a newsletter email each time a news item is added to the site.  This will allow subscribers to be kept automatically up to date on choir news and activities.

Anyone may subscribe to the newsletter by entering their name and email address on the website at http://goethechoir.ie/index.php/about-us/newsletter.  Existing and new choir members will be automatically subscribed to the newsletter.  Subscriptions to the newsletter are created under the terms of the choir Privacy Policy and may be cancelled at any time via the link at the bottom of each newsletter.

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