Champions of the European Choir Games 2019
Bachelor in Music Education alumnus and PhD candidate, Lynsey Callaghan, Artistic Director and Founder of the Dublin Youth Choir was named Champions of the European Choir Games in the Youth Choir category and were awarded two gold medals, including one for the international Grand Prix, and a gold diploma for their performances. The awards ceremony took place in the Partille Arena, Gothenburg. Dublin Youth Choir was honoured to be the only choir representing Ireland out of the 171 choirs and 6300 participants from 47 nations who took part in the European Choir Games. The Irish national anthem was the first of seven national anthems to be sung last night.
This is a huge achievement for Dublin Youth Choir. We began rehearsing just two years ago but through the hard work and total dedication of every young singer and volunteer, we have accomplished more than I thought was possible in this short time. Our singers and music team strive for excellence and we are delighted that this has been recognised on an international stage. Every member of the DYC family is crucial to the success of Dublin Youth Choir and the singers' determination, diligence, and passion was evident in their performances at the European Choir Games. We are excited to build on this achievement throughout the next academic year and for DYC to continue to grow and improve. We will add three new choirs to the DYC family in September 2019, facilitating the participation of singers from 7 to 28 years old.
I believe the education that I received in the School of Education programme B.Mus.Ed. played a huge role in my development as a musician.
About the Choir
Based in the heart of Dublin's city centre, Dublin Youth Choir was founded in 2017 with the aim of providing a structure of incremental choral music education for the young singers of Dublin. DYC strives to provide the opportunity to develop musicianship, ensemble-singing skills, and sound vocal technique for every young singer. Under the artistic direction of Lynsey Callaghan, accomplished musicians and teachers volunteer their time and expertise on a weekly basis to work with the young singers. DYC consists of seven choirs: Junior Choir (for primary school children from Second Class), Training Choir (ages 10-14), Youth Choir (ages 14-18), Chamber Choir (ages 14-20), DYC Singers (ages 18-28), Male Voice Choir, and Cross Border Youth Choir (with the Belfast Philharmonic Youth Chamber Choir).
In their first year together, Dublin Youth Chamber Choir won Best Youth Choir in the RTÉ Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas competition 2018. They won the Youth Choir competition at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2019 and were placed third in the Ireland's Choir of the Year competition. Chamber Choir has performed in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and the National Gallery of Ireland for Culture Night, 2018. Along with the Youth Choir, Chamber Choir won the Dublin County Choir Award for Youth Choirs at Feis Ceoil 2019 and were awarded the Oliver O'Brien Award, the overall award for choirs at the competition.
Dublin Youth Choir collaborates with the Belfast Philharmonic Youth Chamber Choir, coming together as the Cross Border Youth Choir. They won the Youth Choir competition at the Derry International Choral Festival in 2018 and the choir was named Best Youth Choir in the RTÉ Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas competition in 2018. They undertook a recording project for the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, representing the island of Ireland alongside other youth choirs such as the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and National Youth Choirs of Scotland.