“a choir at the peak of its achievement”. (Irish Times)
Chamber Choir Ireland is the country’s flagship choral ensemble and national chamber choir under the internationally celebrated and multi-award-winning conductor Paul Hillier as Artistic Director. The Choir is recognised for its unique approach to creative commissioning, recording and programming, and has gained a reputation for the high artistic quality of its performances.
The Choir has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary Irish choral music through its commitment to commissioning new work. The Choir’s repertoire spans from early to contemporary music, together with regular commissions of pioneering choral work by both Irish and International composers. Commissions have included composers such as Gerald Barry, Tarik O’Regan, Kevin Volans, Andrew Hamilton, Siobhán Cleary, David Fennessy, Stephen McNeff and Jennifer Walshe.
The Choir has a strong commitment to touring in Ireland and continues to develop its touring network in order to present high quality choral concerts to audiences all around the country. Internationally, the Choir has toured in Europe, Asia, Russian and North & South America.
In recent years the Choir has a renewed commitment to recording, with releases including One Day Fine on the RTÉ Lyric FM label, Acallam na Senórach and Carols from the Old and New Worlds Vol. 3 on the Harmonia Mundi label, as well as a recording to accompany the publication of Choirland: An Anthology of Irish Choral Music in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Choirs. In June 2016, Barry meets Beethoven, a world premiere recording of works by Gerald Barry featuring the Crash Ensemble and conducted by Paul Hillier was released to high acclaim on the Orchid Classics label.
The Choir continues to foster relationships with other distinguished performing ensembles and organisations both at home and abroad including the Crash Ensemble, Theatre of Voices, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Centre, and the Association of Irish Choirs. The Choir enjoys a unique relationship with Cork International Choral Festival where it is Choir-in-Residence on an annual basis.
Principal funding for Chamber Choir Ireland comes from the Arts Council /an Chomhairle Ealaíon with additional support from Dublin City Council.