The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a performance at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on 15th March. Tickets for the performance, ‘Imagine Ireland: Songs of Home’, will cost between $40 - $55.
The UCD Choral Scholars is a leading Irish collegiate ensemble and frequently performs with Ireland’s leading instrumentalists and orchestras. In recent years, the group has collaborated with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Notably, the ensemble has recently performed with Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone.
The group will also celebrate the release of their new Signum recording, Perpetual Twilight, which is set for release on 1st March. The new album follows their 2016 best-selling album Invisible Stars, a collection of traditional and contemporary choral music from Ireland and Scotland. With over 1.5 million streams on Spotify, Invisible Stars was one of the most successful choral releases of 2016. The group released their debut album in December 2015 on Signum Records.
The group will also perform at the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace on 25th April to celebrate the 20 year anniversary. The Choral Scholars was founded in 1999 and has a family of over two hundred alumni. An internationally acclaimed chamber choir, the group of student singers is led by its founding Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr Desmond Earley, and is based at University College Dublin School of Music.
In a recent Facebook post, alumna Hazel Conway wrote, “as a young, first year college student, I had no idea what impact the UCD Choral Scholars would have on my university, personal and working life. The Choral Scholars provided me with a one-of-a-kind opportunity and I hope that one day I can return the favour to aspiring singers at University College Dublin."
Donations to the Choral Scholars, which will be matched by the UCD Foundation, can be made here.