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RTÉ Cór na nÓg audition and general information 2013

Choral Director, Mary Amond O'Brien
Choral Assistant, Devon MacGillivray

RTÉ Cór na nÓg was founded by Colin Mawby in 1987 and consists of over 60 children aged form 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 Andrè 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 Cork and Dublin and a guest spot with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in a special concert to launch the new RTÉ lyric fm CD, Choirs for Christmas.
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 newly released Choirs for Christmas CD for RTÉ lyric fm.

Auditions for the new September intake are usually held in the RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, in early March, with dates advertised on radio and throughout schools. You will be sent a short, simple piece of music with a Youtube link to help your child learn to perform it, and they will also be given ear and range tests. The audition will take around 10 minutes. If successful, they are required to take part in a Training Choir course held over six Saturday mornings during the spring, and children for the September intake of RTÉ Cór na nÓg are chosen from this group. 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.

RTÉ Cór na nÓg rehearse in RTÉ on Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm to 7pm and Saturday mornings 10am to 12 noon. Children are expected to regularly attend both and reasons for occasional absents must be explained in writing. 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.

If you need further information, please contact:
Lesley Bishop,
Choral and Chamber Music Officer, RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs,
RTÉ, Donnybrook,
Dublin 4 01 208 2977

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