New Dublin Voices, an award-winning chamber choir based in Dublin, Ireland, was founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in October 2005. NDV, whose concerts range in style and period from the medieval to the contemporary, takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers and has given many Irish premières, as well as numerous world premières of works by Irish composers. As well as giving concerts, NDV is a regular participant in competitions, both internationally and at home in Ireland. The singers who make up New Dublin Voices come from many backgrounds, sharing in common high levels of experience and musicianship, a commitment to attracting new audiences, and above all a love of performing excellent choral music.
New Dublin Voices performed a serene and atmospheric programme as part of our Evocations concert in Cork’s North Cathedral.
New Dublin Voices Biography
Internationally-acclaimed New Dublin Voices is a leading Irish chamber choir. Founded by award-winning conductor, Bernie Sherlock, in 2005, NDV strives to present concert programmes that are fresh, innovative and exciting, ranging widely in style and period, from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers and has given many Irish and world premieres.
NDV has won prizes at major competitions in Ireland, France, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, England, Slovenia and Italy, including the Gran Premio Città di Arezzo at the 61st Concorso Polifónico Internazionale “Guido d’Arezzo” in August 2013, thereby becoming the first Irish choir in history to win a place in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. Awards also include the Grand Prix at the 12th Budapest International Choir Competition (2009), six prizes, including Choir of the Festival, at the 11th International Choir Contest of Flanders-Maasmechelen (2011), and first prize in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at the 61st Cork International Choral Festival (2015).
NDV has previously been invited to perform at five of the world’s most prestigious choral festivals: 37th Musique en Morvan, France (2012), 9th European Festival of Youth Choirs, Switzerland (2014), 6th Polyfollia – The World Showcase and Marketplace for Choral Singing, France (2014), 23rd Festival des Chœurs Lauréats, France (2015), and the 2nd World Choral Festival, USA (2016). In July 2017, NDV will travel to Barcelona as one of only 24 choirs invited to perform at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music. Preceding the WSCM, as part of an 11-day tour to Spain, the choir will take up a week-long residency in Tarragona at the 8th Setmana Cantant (Singing Week).
The choir’s busy calendar also includes fundraising for charities, television appearances, guesting with Ireland’s professional orchestras, and performing at special public events. NDV released two CDs – Something Beginning with B, featuring everything from Byrd to the Beatles, and Christmas with New Dublin Voices – in 2010. Their latest CD, Music from Ireland, devoted to music by Irish composers, was released in December 2014 on Ireland’s leading classical record label, RTÉ lyric fm, and, to date, has garnered much praise, including a four-star review in the July 2015 edition of BBC Music Magazine. In February 2016, the original motion picture soundtrack to The Letters, a film about Mother Teresa, was released on the Sony Classical Records label, with NDV featuring prominently alongside a number of world-renowned classical and popular artists.
Bernie Sherlock Biography
Bernie Sherlock studied choral conducting for two years with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár in Hungary, followed by orchestral conducting with Gerhard Markson in Dublin. She earned a BA in music from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in performance from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Bernie is Musical Director of Dublin’s Culwick Choral Society and has an international profile as an adjudicator, choral animateur, and teacher of conducting and aural training. She has won several international prizes for her conducting, interpretation and programming, including The McCurtain and McSwiney Memorial Trophy at the Cork International Choral Festival (2010 & 2015). She is a Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, has been Artistic Director of the Association of Irish Choirs’ annual International Choral Conducting Summer School since 2008, and is the Irish representative on the World Choir Council.