Saturday 30th April, 8pm
Dublin Youth Choir began in January 2017 with the launch of the Chamber Choir; 24 young singers were chosen to perform challenging repertoire and to develop their musicianship under the mentorship of DYC's Artistic Director, Lynsey Callaghan. The choir won Best Youth Choir in the RTÉ Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas 2017 and 2018 competitions, the Dublin County Choir Award for Youth Choirs at Feis Ceoil 2019 and received the Oliver O’Brien Award, the overall award for all choirs in the competition. Dublin Youth Chamber Choir won the Youth Choir competition at the Cork International Choral Festival 2019. As the Cross Border Youth Choir, along with the Belfast Philharmonic Chamber Choir, they won the Youth Choir competition at the Derry International Choral Festival 2018.
In August 2019, Dublin Youth Chamber Choir was named Champions of the European Choir Games in the Youth Choir category and was awarded two gold medals, including one for the international Grand Prix, and a gold diploma. Dublin Youth Choir was the only Irish choir out of 171 choirs (6300 participants) from 47 nations. Following this, they were invited by President Higgins to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the singers engaged in a rich programme of online activities and virtual performances, and DYC provided a range of free initiatives for young singers and teachers across Ireland.
Dr Lynsey Callaghan is Founder and Artistic Director of Dublin Youth Choir. She is Head of Programmes and Research at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.