The RTÉ Philharmonic Choir has been at the centre of choral music in Ireland since its foundation by Colin Mawby in 1985.The choir was further developed by Mark Duley, Chorus Master for 15 years (1996-2011), and has become the country's premier symphonic choral ensemble , performing more than 60 major choral works since its foundation, mostly in conjunction with the RTÉ Orchestras. The choir also broadcasts frequently on RTÉ lyric fm and has recorded for Naxos, Decca and RTÉ.
The choir members, all of whom commit their services entirely voluntarily, meet each Wednesday from 7.30pm-10.00pm for rehearsals in the Donnybrook area. Occasional Saturday workshops focus on an upcoming programme and give the opportunity to work more intensively on technique and musicianship. The Phil has always been keen to emphasise the enjoyment of music-making as well as the hard work and committment required , it's members coming from Dublin and surrounding counties and spanning all generations!
The RTÉ Philharmonic Choir will be an integral part of the 2012/13 RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Season performing Verdi, Beethoven, Bach and Poulenc, all in original languages, with renouned international conductors Kenneth Montgomery, Gerhard Markson and Pascal Rophe.
Following a very succesful year sharing the Chorus Master duties with Jeremy Haneman, Mark Hindley returns in September to coach the choir for their first performance on October 19 2012 when they will perform the rarely heard Four Sacred Pieces by Verdi, conducted for the first time by Kenneth Montgomery.