About Tallaght Choral Society
Tallaght Choral Society was formed in 1967, when Tallaght was still a small village at the foot of the Dublin mountains. A group of singers came together under the direction of Fr. Donal Sweeney OP to form a church choir based in the Dominican Priory. Under a succession of music directors, the small church choir gradually took on the mantle of a choral society and now has a membership of over 80. As a result, Tallaght Choral Society now has a reputation as one of Ireland’s strongest choral societies.
The current Music Director Lynsey Callaghan was appointed in September 2015 and the members are excited to be working with Lynsey who has already established herself as one of the most successful Irish choral conductors of her generation.
Tallaght Choral Society has participated in many RTÉ productions and its successful collaborations have included works with the National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, Belfast Philharmonic Choir, RIAM Orchestra, Liverpool Welsh Choral Union, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and a US choir, Bel Canto Chorus. In 2017, Tallaght Choral Society celebrated its 50thanniversary and is delighted that its founder, Fr. Donal, is still actively involved and is the current President. This anniversary was marked by a successful performance of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ in the National Concert Hall in June, followed by a trip to Rome in October where we sang in St. Peter’s Basilica, in San Clemente and at an Evensong service in All Saints.
Over the following three years, we have performed at the National Concert Hall, the Ulster Hall, Handel Concert Hall in Halle, Germany and in more intimate venues including Whitefriars St. Church; St Jude the Apostle Church, Templeogue; and in our alma mater St Mary's Dominican Priory, Tallaght. Works performed varied from popular and traditional choral pieces such as Messiah and Orff's Carmina Burana to more modern pieces by Britten, Holst, Poulenc, Gjello, Durufle and Vaughan Williams.
Our latest concert ''Glories of the Baroque'' was a delightful full bodied performance of Vivaldi and Handel favourites which delighted the audience and we were really lucky to have had the opportunity to perfom these favourites in 2020 just before the outbreak of Covid 19.