Following an extensive recruitment and selection process the Committee and Members of Tallaght Choral Society are delighted that Lynsey Callaghan has been appointed to the position of Musical Director with effect from September 2015.
Lynsey is a rising star in Irish music circles and has made a significant impact on the choral music scene in recent years.
Lynsey will take over form Mark Armstrong who has been our Musical Director for thirteen years, a remarkable record.
Mark will conduct Tallaght Choral Society for the last time as Musical Director at our concert in Mount Argus, on June 21st when we join Bel Canto Choral from Milwaukee in the performance of Morten Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ and Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’.
A short biographical note on Lynsey Callaghan
Following a degree in music education, Lynsey is currently in the final year of a Masters in Performance (choral conducting) at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, in conjunction with Trinity College, Dublin. For the past two years Lynsey has conducted Trinity Singers, the SATB choir of Trinity College, Dublin. Under her direction they were awarded Best National Mixed Voice Choir at the City of Derry International Choral Festival in 2013. More recently Trinity Singers won the Seán MacManus Perpetual Memorial Trophy for 4-part choirs and were awarded Best Overall Choir of the Sligo International Choral Festival 2014.
Lynsey was Conductor in Training 2012–14 for the RTÉ Performing Groups and the Association of Irish Choirs. In this position, she conducted the Irish Youth Choir and the Irish Youth Chamber Choir in various performances and was conductor in training of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. She also conducted the chamber choir ‘Bemused?’ in their winning performances in the Choral Intervarsities and in the National Chamber Choir Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival 2013.
Lynsey conducts Voci Nuove, a Cork-based chamber choir. This year (2015) at the Cork International Choral Festival, Voci Nuove was awarded the Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy and named Ireland’s Choir of the Year.
Voci Nuove also won: the Schütz Perpetual Trophy (for the performance of a choral work by Heinrich Schütz in the National or International Competitions); the John Mannion Memorial Trophy (for the performance of a work in the National Competitions by a chamber choir); and Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Uí Laoghaire (for the performance of a piece in Irish).
As a chorister, Lynsey has sung with the Irish Youth Choir, the Irish Youth Chamber Choir, Trinity Singers, Bemused?, the Ulster Youth Choir and Laetare Vocal Ensemble.
Lynsey is currently the music assistant to RTÉ Cór na nÓg. She works as a musicianship tutor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and also works with the Irish Youth Training Choir.
An experienced orchestral player, Lynsey conducts of Fingal Youth Orchestra.
In September, Lynsey will take up the position of Chorus Director to the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs. Around the same time, she will also take up her new role as Musical Director of Tallaght Choral Society, a role she is looking forward to with great enthusiasm.