Chamber Choir Ireland
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|Purpose||Professional choral ensemble|
|National Chamber Choir of Ireland|
Chamber Choir Ireland, formerly known as the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, is the Republic of Ireland's national choral ensemble and national chamber choir. Primarily funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, the choir is the resident ensemble at the National Concert Hall and Affiliated Artists to Dublin City University. Paul Hillier, has been the choir's Artistic Director since 2008.
The choir's repertoire spans from early Renaissance music to the present day. It also commissions new works by contemporary composers. In addition to its performances in Ireland and international tours, the choir has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Orchid Classics. and RTÉ Lyric FM labels.
- Colin Mawby, founding Artistic Director (1991–2001)
- Celso Antunes (2002 –2007)
- Paul Hillier (2008–present)
Since its inception, Chamber Choir Ireland has regularly commissioned choral work by both Irish and international composers such as Gerald Barry (composer), Ian Wilson, Andrew Hamilton, Siobhán Cleary, Kevin Volans, Tarik O'Regan, and Jennifer Walshe.
Chamber Choir Ireland regularly tours throughout the island of Ireland, presenting choral concerts to audiences all around the country. Internationally, the Choir has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and North and South America including performances at the White House for President Barack Obama on St Patrick's Day 2011.
Principal funding for Chamber Choir Ireland comes from the Arts Council /an Chomhairle Ealaíon, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund, and Dublin City Council.
The choir's recordings include:
- Gerard Victory: Ultima Rerum – Virginia Kerr (soprano), Bernadette Greevy (mezzo-soprano), Adrian Thompson (tenor), Alan Opie (baritone), RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Cór na nÓg (children's choir), National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Colman Pearce (conductor). CD, 1994. Label: Naxos/Marco Polo.
- White Stones – Secret Garden (ensemble), National Chamber Choir of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Fiachra Trench (conductor). CD, 1997. Label: Philips
- One day fine (Irish choral music from the 14th to 21st centuries) – National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Paul Hillier (conductor). CD, 2011. Label: RTÉ Lyric FM
- Tarik O'Regan: Acallam na senórach: an Irish colloquy – National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Stewart French (guitar), Paul Hillier (conductor). CD, 2011. Label: Harmonia Mundi
- Carols from the Old and New Worlds, Vol. 3 – Chamber Choir Ireland, Fergal Caulfield (chamber organ), Paul Hillier (conductor). CD, 2014. Label: Harmonia Mundi.
- Choirland: an anthology of Irish choral music (scores for 15 pieces by Irish composers for unaccompanied mixed choir with accompanying CD) – National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Paul Hillier (conductor). CD, 2014. Publisher: Contemporary Music Centre (Dublin)
- Barry Meets Beethoven (works by Gerald Barry) – Stephen Richardson (bass), Chamber Choir Ireland, Crash Ensemble, Paul Hillier (conductor). CD, 2016. Label: Orchid Classics
- DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. David Brophy
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- Rochester, Marc (May 2013). "Review: Acallam na senórach". Gramophone. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- Manheim, James (2014). "Review: Carols from the Old & New Worlds, Vol. 3". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- OCLC 827785889
- Gramophone (September 2016). "Review: Barry Meets Beethoven". Retrieved 7 November 2017.