The Irish Youth Chamber Choir under the artistic direction of Greg Beardsell will travel to Toronto on the 15th of June 2016 to meet, rehearse and perform with the Toronto Children’s Chorus Youth Choir for Bloomsday 2016. This will be an exchange of both cultural and educational significance.
The Irish Youth Chamber Choir will exhibit the work of contemporary Irish composers and demonstrate the strong choral singing tradition that exists in Ireland.
The repertoire for the project will include works from Choirland, a collection of pieces by Irish composers for unaccompanied mixed choir. It is published by the Contemporary Music Centre and produced in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs and Chamber Choir Ireland with funding from The Arts Council/An Chomairle Ealaíon. While in Toronto the IYCC will collaborate with the Toronto Youth Chorus to provide a workshop on musical development for young singers associated with the Toronto Children’s Chorus. They will also work alongside Choral Canada and Choirs Ontario to present Choral Group Workshops exploring Irish choral repertoire and highlighting the work of Irish composers and traditions.
The Irish Youth Chamber Choir are a group of talented young singers aged 18-28 directed by internationally acclaimed conductor Greg Beardsell. The chamber grouping is formed through a competitive audition process held each year during a summer course for the larger Irish Youth Choir (80-100 singers). The Irish Youth Choir is the only national youth choir for singers aged 18-28, drawing singers from all over the island of Ireland. They meet each summer to rehearse at the University of Limerick and then go on to tour the programme that they have rehearsed in Ireland.