Do you have a child who loves to sing?
Choral Director: Mary Amond O'Brien
Choral Assistant: Lynsey Callaghan
Pianist: Alison Thomas
RTÉ Cór na nÓg was founded by Colin Mawby in 1987 and consists of over 60 children aged 10 upwards, from all parts of Dublin and surrounding counties. As well as providing excellent musical training, there is a strong emphasis on the enjoyment of music-making as well as the hard work and commitment required. Their unique relationship with RTÉ leads to varied and exciting performance opportunities with regular broadcasts on national radio and television, and collaborations with artists of the highest calibre.
In recent years the choir has sung for RTÉ lyric fm, RTÉ Radio 1, the Late Late Toy Show, Mass on Sunday and Fair City , performing with artists such as André Rieu and the Three Tenors Ireland in the National Concert Hall, the O2 Arena, St Patrick's Cathedral and Áras an Uachtarain . Recent engagements have seen performances of the acclaimed Ballymun Lullaby in the National Convention Centre Dublin with a combined choir of over 150 children, and a guest spot in the Peter McVerry Christmas Concert in St Patrick's Cathedral. Concerts in their 2014-15 season include a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion on Good Friday, 3 April in the NCH with the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
Recordings include Gerard Victory's Ultima Rerum, the highly praised CD/video Faith of Our Fathers, a CD of Christmas music produced for RTÉ lyric fm and the RTÉ Guide and Choirs for Christmas for RTÉ lyric fm.
RTÉ Cór na nÓg rehearse in RTÉ during term times on Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm to 7pm and Saturday mornings 10am to 12 noon. Children are expected to regularly attend both so please don't proceed any further with your application if you think this level of commitment would be a problem. We recognise that this is a big commitment for all the family, but the experience is a hugely valuable and enjoyable one with many of our members going on to make music a central part of their lives.
RTÉ Cór na nÓg advertises its annual auditions each January, with auditions in 2015 taking place on on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1st of March with a Training Choir starting before Easter. Auditions are usually held in the RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Your child will be asked to prepare a short, set piece which they can learn via the web link provided, and will also be given ear and range tests. No other piece of music is required and the audition will take around 10 minutes.
Successful children in the preliminary rounds must be available to attend the Training Choir which runs on six Saturday mornings between March and May. Places for the September intake of RTÉ Cór na nÓg are filled from this group and children need to be aged between 10 and 13 in September 2015 with boy's voices un-broken. Please note that membership of the Training Choir does not automatically guarantee a place in RTÉ Cór na nóg.
We do not audition at other times during the year.
Closing date for 2015 applications is Friday 6 February 2015.
If you need further information, please contact:
Choral and Chamber Music Officer, RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs,
01 208 2977
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