A video of UCD Choral Scholars performing Mo Ghille Mear (my gallant hero) is garnering international praise
The performers are all students on scholarships at University College Dublin. They have recently released an album with Signum Records.
The video was picked up by Joe.ie on Saturday afternoon and has been shared widely in a short space of time. It has also had a remarkable 63,000 views to date with no sign of slowing down.
Watch the video here:
More about the Choral Scholars:
The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin released their debut international recording on Signum Records on 11th December 2015.
The disc, entitled Invisible Stars is an enchanting collection of traditional and contemporary choral music from Ireland and Scotland and features arrangements and new compositions by some of Ireland’s most celebrated composers for choir, including Michael McGlynn, Brendan Graham, Bill Whelan and the group’s artistic director, Desmond Earley.
The Scholars are the first Irish collegiate choir to release on the label, who boast an impressive catalogue of artists ranging from The King’s Singers, Tenebrae, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, James Rhodes and Voces8. This wonderful showcase of Irish choral music is available to pre-order on Amazon and iTunes now.
“Bright young things” (The Irish Times)
The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin is Ireland’s leading collegiate choral ensemble. With a large repertoire ranging from art to popular music, and stretching from the medieval to the contemporary in style, this choir gives many concerts throughout the academic year, both in Ireland and abroad.
Watch the group perform with Ham Sandwich at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin:
Following a competitive selection process each September, eighteen gifted students are awarded a scholarship, with recipients of the award coming from a range of academic disciplines across the university, from Music to Medicine, Law, Agricultural Science, Commerce and Engineering. The choir regularly broadcasts on Irish television and radio.
Since its formation in 1999, the group frequently performs with orchestras, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Earley Musicke Ensemble and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and on the university campus with the UCD Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Choir. In touring Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the United States of America the group has brought UCD and its music to an international audience.
The performance of works by living composers is a hallmark of this ensemble. New compositions have been written for the group by Ivo Antognini, Desmond Earley, Michael McGlynn and Bill Whelan. The 2014-15 season included world premieres of three specially commissioned works by Antognini: ‘Aimhirgín’, ‘War’ and ‘Peace’.
Equally comfortable outside the concert hall, the group has appeared at the Electric Picnic festival and has collaborated with indie-rock band ‘Ham Sandwich’, electric-pop group ‘Young Wonder’ and indie-folk duo ‘Heathers’, in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.