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Well done to the 53 children who represented the National Children's Choir so beautifully at the switching on of the Christmas lights on O'Connell Street, Dublin on Sunday 30th November. Conducted by Órla Gillen, the children from Scoil an Chroí Ró Naofa, Huntstown; Bayside NS; St Canice's GNS, Finglas, St Brigid's GNS, Cabinteely and Presentation PS Terenure entertained the huge crowd with some Christmas favourites. Congratulations to you all!

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to the website of Ireland’s National Children’s Choir / Cór Náisiúnta na nÓg.

The National Children’s Choir is a school-based choral experience for primary school children.  Affiliated pupils from 4th, 5th or 6th classes in Irish Primary Schools learn a common repertoire of songs in Irish, English or Latin that more than satisfies many objectives of the music programme at the senior end of the primary school.   The repertoire challenges the pupils to perform a broad programme from Bach to the Beatles.  The choir enables young people to experience the sheer joy of involvement in music and song.

Formed by Seán Creamer in 1985 to celebrate ‘European Music Year’, the choir has enjoyed tremendous success to date. Next year’s concerts (2015) will be the sixteenth in a series of bi-annual concerts.The NCC is much more than large groups of children singing magnificent music to adoring parents, families and friends on local stages and in our National Concert Hall. It is a philosophy, a way of thinking about and celebrating children's musicality. As a movement it absorbs their energy and gives it back in multiples.

President McAleese speaking with Seán on the night of the final concert in 2007

In 2007 Seán decided to hang up his baton and entrusted the Choir to the care of three new Musical Directors -  Anne Purcell, Mairéad Déiseach and Órla Gillan.

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