Summer concert 2024

The choir held its summer concert last Sunday afternoon June 9th in the Church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin.  We were privileged to perform with the internationally acclaimed Irish pianist John O’Conor, who delighted an enthusiastic and highly appreciative audience in a series of works by Beethoven.  This included a solo performance by him of the Pathetique Sonata as well as the piano accompaniment (along with solo violin and cello) of the wonderful soprano soloist Emma Nash and the choir sopranos and altos in a number of Beethoven’s arrangements of Irish melodies.

The concert culminated in a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for piano, orchestra and chorus, a work which opens with an extended passage of brilliant music for solo piano before continuing with orchestral accompaniment and finally being joined by the choir for a rousing and ecstatic conclusion, which received a standing ovation from the enraptured audience.   We were particularly delighted to be able to give a repeat performance of a work that John O’Conor had previously played with the choir in 1976.

Go to our Gallery webpage to see some photos of the occasion.

Beethoven with John O’Conor – Sunday, June 9

We are delighted and honoured to be performing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy on Sunday afternoon, 9th June 2024, with the internationally acclaimed Irish pianist John O’Conor.  This is a repeat performance of the work which he previously gave with the choir in Dublin in December 1976.   The concert will take place in the church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin, the venue for our memorable performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in February 2023.

The programme will also contain a performance by John O’Conor of Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ piano sonata and a performance by soprano Emma Nash of Beethoven’s arrangements of a number of Irish songs, with choir accompaniment.  The choir will also be singing additional works by Mozart and Handel.  Tickets cost €35 each and are available online from Eventbrite or at the door on the day of the concert.

Celebrating centenaries – Saturday April 6 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Today (29/03/24) is the centenary of the death of Charles Villiers Stanford, a prolific composer who was born in Dublin in 1852 and died in London in 1924.  Stanford wrote many orchestral, chamber and choral works, as well as a number of operas, but is remembered today mostly for his sacred music.  The Goethe Choir will be marking the centenary by performing three of these works in a concert in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday evening, 6th April 2024, which will also contain works by Bruckner (‘Te Deum’) and Smetana, marking the bicentenary of the birth of both these composers.

Tickets for the concert are available via Eventbrite.   You can see and hear us singing part of one of the Stanford works in a recent rehearsal at

Celebrating Centenaries concert

For our next concert, the Goethe Choir will be commemorating the centenary or bicentenary of three prolific composers: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924), Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884), and Anton Bruckner (1824–1896).  This musical journey through time will take place on Saturday April 6, 2024, at 7:30 pm in the historic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.  The concert will be directed as usual by John Dexter, and will also feature a number of accomplished vocal soloists, a brass ensemble and St. Patrick’s organist David Leigh.

Join us for an unforgettable experience as we celebrate the musical milestones of Stanford, Smetana, and Bruckner.  Tickets cost €27.50 and are available for purchase online at Eventbrite.

Stille Nacht 2023

We are busy with final rehearsals and preparations for our annual  Christmas concert in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Monday, Dec 11.  As usual, the programme includes a number of international carols – as a taster, you can hear us singing Stille Nacht in a recent rehearsal in the Unitarian Church in Dublin at

Tickets for the concert cost €25 and can be bought online on the National Concert Hall website at

Celebrating 25 years as Musical Director

During the interval in our rehearsal last Tuesday (7 Nov), the choir was delighted to present our musical director John Dexter with a top-of-the-range laptop computer to mark 25 years since he first started as conductor of the (then) Goethe-Institut Choir.  The presentation was made by chairperson Ann Barrett, who spoke warmly and appreciatively of John’s superb gifts as a musician and choral trainer and of all that he had taught the choir over the last 25 years, mentioning in passing a number of the musical high points that the choir has attained over that period.  You can read Ann’s lovely appreciation here on our website.

Following the presentation, the choir joined together to sing to John (in canon) the very appropriate German song of thanks and good wishes “Viel Glück und viel Segen” – “Good luck and many blessings in all you do, may good health and good cheer be with you too!”

Christmas Concert – Monday Dec 11

We will once again be  returning to the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Monday 11 December for our annual Christmas concert.  This time we will be performing Bach’s cantata “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” (BWV 61), Vivaldi’s “Dixit Dominus”, “Rorate coeli” by William Byrd and a selection of European Christmas carols.  The choir and orchestra will be joined in these works by a number of solo singers, all under the direction of John Dexter.   Tickets cost €25 each and may be purchased online by visiting the National Concert Hall website .

St. Mary’s C of I, Navan – Saturday 14th October at 7.30pm

For our first performance of the new season, the Goethe Choir will be taking part in a charity concert in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland in Navan at 7.30pm on Saturday evening, 14th October, performing an eclectic range of a capella works of various musical styles and from multiple periods.  Also taking part will be the Navan Silver Band.  Admission is free but donations for the Meath Child Care Society and Navan Union of Parishes will be gratefully accepted.

2023/24 concert schedule

We are very much looking forward to returning to rehearsals on Tuesday 5th September in preparation for our 2023/24 season.  We have an exciting concert schedule lined up for the new season, which includes an a capella concert in Navan in October, our annual Christmas concert in the National Concert Hall in Dublin in December, a concert in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in early April 2024 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of the composer Charles Villers Stanford and ending with a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with pianist John O’Connor and the RTE Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall in Dublin in June 2024.

This promises to be an active and exciting season for singers and audiences alike.  More details can be found on the Events page of our website.