Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath

Ireland [Dublin]

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath is a female voice choir based in Rathmines, Dublin Ireland and was founded in 1960 by Proinsias O'Ceallaigh. The choir has a junior girl’s section and an adult female section. Both Junior and Senior choirs enjoyed huge success over the years, under the baton of the late Brian O'Dubhghaill, winning awards in many competitions in Ireland and abroad.

The extensive repertoire of Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath includes both sacred and secular works from many periods of musical history – Gregorian chant, Renaissance Polyphony, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary as well as folksongs and a wide selection of traditional Irish songs.

Bernie Sherlock took over the baton of the choir in 2015 and under her musical expertise the choir continued to grow and develop. Brian Dungan has conducted the choir since 2018 and under his expert guidance the choir is continuing its long tradition of choral music.

In October 2017 the senior choir competed in the Sligo International Choral Festival, Ireland winning 3 first prizes in Equal Voice, Sacred Music and Four-part polyphony.

They also competed in the Mayo International Choral Festival in May 2018 and were runners-up in the Premier Competition.

In April 2019, the choir won First prize in the Ladies competition at Feis Ceoil, Dublin. In early November 2019 the choir competed in the 3rd International Choral Festival of Aveiro, Portugal, under conductor Brian Dungan, where they were delighted to be awarded the festival Grand Prix as well as first prize in the Female Voice Competition and second prize in the Sacred Music Competition.

Conductor Brian Dungan earned a Masters in Music Pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy, Budapest. He was last year’s RTÉ Conductor-in-Training, is an assistant lecturer at the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and teaches percussion at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Brian was accepted into the World Youth Choir touring France and Portugal. As well as working with the Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, he is the assistant conductor of multiaward-winning New Dublin Voices where he also sings bass. He was made lay vicar choral in Christchurch Cathedral in 2016, and he regularly deputises in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Brian completed a Masters in Percussion at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and plays regularly with leading Irish ensembles including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, and Irish National Opera.

Conductor: Brian Dungan

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