Meet RTÉ Cór na nÓg
Mary Amond O'Brien - Choral Director
Niall Kinsella - Music Assistant
Alison Thomas - Pianist
Connie Martin - Choral Steward
RTÉ Cór na nÓg, one of the five RTÉ performing groups, was founded by Colin Mawby in 1987 and consists of over 65 children aged 10 and upwards, from all parts of Dublin and surrounding counties. Appointed as Music Director in September 2011, Mary Amond O'Brien and her team provide excellent musical training with a strong emphasis on the enjoyment of music-making as well as hard work and commitment. 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 Andre 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 Cork and Dublin with a combined choir of over 200 children from both cities and a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Concerts in their 2015-16 season include 18 September, Culture Night,a free performance in the NCH at 7pm, and a concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on 8 December 2015, also in the NCH. Their annual Christmas showcase concert in St Ann's Church Dawson St is on Wednesday 16 December at 6pm.
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 the Choirs for Christmas CD for RTÉ lyric fm (2012).
AUDITIONS: RTÉ Cór na nÓg begins its audition application process each January holding auditions in early March, usually in the RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Children will be asked to prepare a short, set piece to learn via the web link provided, plus 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. Children need to be aged between 10 and 13 in September 2016 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.
The closing date for 2016 applications is Friday 5 February at 5pm and the auditions will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February. We do not audition at other times during the year.
If you need further information, please contact:
Administrator, RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs,
01 208 2977
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