A performance of Oceans Apart conducted by Greg Beardsell with The Irish Youth Choir will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick 5th July at 8pm.
Oceans are the theatres of love and catastrophe, the medium of separation and diaspora. Experience these stories with the Irish Youth Choir in this remarkable programme which includes works by Byrd, De Monte, Mäntyjärvi, Holst and MacMillan.
The Irish Youth Choir is the only dedicated national youth choir that offers training opportunities for young singers from all over Ireland. Set up as a choir of 100 singers in 1982. The Irish Youth Choir meets annually for a main intensive rehearsal course in the summer under the expert tuition of the Artistic Director, Greg Beardsell, and a team of tutors and vocal coaches. The week culminates in a number of performances by the choir. The Irish Youth Training Choir meets for a weekend course and workshop performance before the Irish Youth Choir begins and the Irish Youth Chamber Choir meet and perform throughout the year.
Alumni of the Irish Youth Choir have proceeded to become some of Ireland’s best conductors, choir founders, singers, teachers, and musicians. They include internationally acclaimed singer Julie Feeney, soloists Mairéad Buicke, Bridget Knowles and Robin Tritschler, conductors Bernie Sherlock and Niall Crowley, to name but a few.
The Irish Youth Choir also offers training opportunities for conductors and singers. 2008 saw the introduction of the Conductor in Training initiative for IYC, established to give a young conductor an opportunity to work with the choir and conduct IYC in rehearsals and performance.
The Irish Youth Choir has been described by Michael Durvan from the Irish Times as having “a glorious choral sound that is always a pleasure to listen to.” Audiences have remarked “What they achieve in one week is impressive… a collective sound that can be quite magical.”
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