About "The Phil"

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 85 major choral works since its foundation, mostly in conjunction with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. The choir also broadcasts frequently on RTÉ lyric fm and has recorded for Naxos, Decca and RTÉ.

Following his appointment as Chorus Master in 2012, Mark Hindley continues to bring his unique mix of musicianship, professionalism and wit to rehearsals, with the choir achieving standards of performance unsurpassed in its history. Recent reviews refer to the Phil as being highly responsive and at the top of its game (Irish Times).

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 , its members coming from Dublin and surrounding counties and spanning all generations!

The choir regularly welcomes new members, holding auditions as required throughout the year. Please contact Lesley Bishop (RTÉ Choral Administrator) for further information - lesley.bishop@rte.ie 01 208 2977

As always, the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir will be an integral part of the 2015-16 RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Subscription Season performing Mahler (Symphony no 2 in October 2015 and no 3 in April 2016), Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (4 December 2015 ), Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms (5 February 2016 ), St John Passion by Bach (Good Friday 25 March 2016) and ending with Prokofiev's film score Alexander Nevsky (27 May 2016) all in original languages, with renouned international conductors Alan Buribayev, Christian Macelaru, Aleksandar Markovic and Nicholas McGegan.

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