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Cór Linn

Cór Linn - young male members of the choir singing holding a songbook

Cór Linn is a mixed soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) choir of around 40 singers aged between 14 and 19.

It was founded by in 2018 to give young singers the opportunity to develop their vocal skills in more advanced repertoire, and to act as a stepping stone to adult choirs. Following their transfer from RTÉ to the National Concert Hall in January 2022, they have settled into rehearsals and performances alongside their NCH choral family members - the National Symphony Chorus, and Cór na nÓg.

Membership is diverse and inclusive, open to all young SATB singers interested in developing their vocal skills. Repertoire is mixed – from Bach to the Cranberries!  - with the standard of musicianship and level of professionalism high. Rehearsals are focussed, including sectional and individual tutor sessions, but is relaxed and fun with plenty of support from the whole music team.

Cór Linn performances have included Culture Night in the NCH and successive New Music Dublin Festival concerts, when they have given Irish and world premieres of pieces such as Considering Matthew Shepard (Craig Hella Johnson) and specially commissioned works by Elaine Agnew, Seán Doherty, Peter Leavy and Ferdia O’Cairbre, conducted by Mary Amond O’Brien.

The choir has performed on RTÉ television and radio and at prestigious live televised events such as the Irish Civil War Commemorations in May 2023, attended by the Taoiseach and members of the Government. It’s unique relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra also provides wonderful opportunities to sing with the Orchestra (Christmas concerts; Fauré's Requiem; Mahler: Symphony no 2 Resurrection etc) and collaborate with the NSC and Cór na nÓg, as well as prepare stand-alone choral repertoire.
A collaboration with the National Symphony Chorus and Cór na nÓg on Victor Johnson’s setting of The Irish Blessing, garnered a very impressive 90,000+ YouTube views in March 2020. 

Choral singing is all about teamwork, self-expression and joy in the music with many singers taking their singing onwards through life and joining adult choirs wherever they live and work.

If YOU would like to sing with a group of wonderful, vibrant young people, then Cór Linn is the choir for you!

For more information on joining Cór Linn, please contact Lesley Bishop  

Ciaran Kelly

Choral Director

Ciarán hails from Derry and is Music Director of The Guinness Choir in Dublin. He was the founder and Artistic Director of Ardú and is currently Head of Music at King’s Hospital School in Palmerstown, Co. Dublin. He was appointed Choral Director of Cór Linn in August 2023. He completed a BA in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tutelage of Dr Veronica Dunne, and in 2020 completed an MMus in Choral Conducting under Blánaid Murphy. He is sought after as a professional ensemble singer and a member of Resurgam, conducted by Mark Duley. Ciarán is an experienced choral tutor and has led workshops with choral societies, schools and universities in the UK, Europe and Asia.