Gallery

Welcome to our gallery page, where we display photos and videos from recent Goethe Choir events.  Click on any photo to enlarge it.

Beethoven concert with John O’Conor – June 2024

We were delighted and honoured to take part in a concert with the renowned Irish pianist John O’Conor and soprano soloist Emma Nash in St. Therese’s Church in Mount Merrion in Dublin in June 2024.  The  main work in the concert was a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, a work which John O’Conor had performed previously with the choir in 1976.

Summer concert 2023

We held our summer concert for 2023 on Sunday afternoon May 28th in St. Ann’s church, Dawson Street, Dublin, singing an eclectic range of choral pieces from multiple countries and eras, including an arrangement of the Irish song ‘Thugamar féin an samhradh linn’ by our own choir member Mary Kelly.  The concert also featured violinist David O’Doherty and our musical director John Dexter as conductor and organist.

St. Matthew Passion – Feb 2023

We gave a memorable performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the Church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Dublin on Sunday February 26th 2023, which was enthusiastically received by a large and appreciative audience.  If you’d like to get a flavour of the evening, here is a slideshow of photos from the concert with backing track of our performance of the final chorus of the work (“Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder“).  We are grateful to Piotr Sadowski for the photography and choir member Brian McIvor for the recording.

Christmas concert – Dec 2022

After a 3 year absence we were back in the National Concert Hall on Dec 8th for our traditional Christmas concert.

Visit to northern Germany – July 2022

For our first trip abroad since 2018, nineteen members of the choir plus a number of partners flew to Hamburg on July 9, 2022 for a visit to northern Germany, along with our guest conductor for the trip, David Leigh.  The culmination of our visit was a stay in Loccum Abbey in Lower Saxony, where Corinna and Joachim Diestelkamp are the church pastors.  Corinna and Joachim are former pastors in St. Finian’s Lutheran church in Dublin, and while there were members of the Goethe Choir.  Since returning to Germany they have instigated the practice of singing a cantata by JS Bach during one of the morning services each summer, and the Goethe Choir was delighted to be invited to take part this year.

The trip lasted from July 9 to 18 and we stayed in three locations – Zarpen (near Lübeck), Stade (near Hamburg) and Loccum.  As well as singing during the service in Loccum on Sunday, July 17 we also performed a specially prepared programme of European music in concerts of our own in the churches of Hamberge, Gnarrenburg, Groß Berkel and finally in Loccum Abbey church, as well as singing during the Sunday morning service in Zarpen on July 10 and after the midday prayer service in St. Michael’s Church (the Michel) in Hamburg on July 12.  We also had plenty of opportunity for sight-seeing in the area, including visits to Lübeck and Hamelin.

You can see a selection of photos from the trip below, followed by some videos of us performing in concerts during the visit.  Hover the cursor over a photo for some info and click on the photo to enlarge it.  More information on the photos is available by clicking on the ‘i’ button below an enlarged photo.

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Christmas concert 2019 – Bach at the National Concert Hall

The choir once again held its annual Christmas concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Dec 16th and performed to a large and enthusiastic audience.  This year we performed parts 2,5 and 6 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, completing the performance which was begun with the other 3 parts in the 2018 Christmas concert.  Here are some photos from the rehearsal and the concert.

Tag der deutschen Einheit – German Unity Day – 2019

The choir was delighted to be invited to sing the German, Irish and European anthems (Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’) at the residence of the German Ambassador to Ireland in Dublin on Friday, Oct 4th at a function to celebrate German Unity Day (Tag der deutschen Einheit) for 2019.   Due to space restrictions, only a section of the choir was able to be accommodated – here are some photos of those who participated.

Glencree Service of Remembrance, Nov 18 2018

The choir was honoured to be invited to take part in the German Remembrance Day service at Glencree Peace & Reconciliation Centre on Sunday November 18th, 2018.  The commemorations involved an ecumenical service at St. Kevin’s Chapel, during which the choir sang a number of items, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Military Cemetery.   Some photos of the occasion appear below – click on any of the thumbnails in order to enlarge the photo.

Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival, June 2018

A section of the choir made a hugely enjoyable visit to the Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival in Italy in June 2018, performing in a number of indoor and outdoor venues in the beautiful setting of the Pustertal in Südtirol.

Bavaria Trip, June 2014

The choir visited Bavaria and Salzburg in June 2014, staying at a number of beautiful locations and performing in Munich, Freyung, Regensburg, Ingolstadt and Salzburg, including singing for a service in the Salzburger Dom.