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Canaimís le Chéile
Sat 27th, Sun 28th Mon 29th May 2017

450 children each night will perform in the National Concert Hall under the baton of our musical directors Órla, Anne and Mairéad.

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Tickets are SOLD OUT for Monday night, Some seats in the balcony will be released for sale on Monday 22nd May.


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 that more than satisfies many objectives of the music programme at the senior end of the primary school.

The children learn the repertoire in their own schools, taught by their own teachers, and join with other local schools three times a year to rehearse these songs with one of our Assistant Musical Directors. One rehearsal per year will be conducted by either Órla, Anne or Mairéad, our musical directors.

In Spring 2017, every child will perform in a Regional Concert. A small representative group from each school (typically 10%) will then perform in the National Concert Hall at the end of May.

Formed by the late Seán Creamer in 1985 to celebrate ‘European Music Year’, the choir has enjoyed tremendous success to date. Next year’s concerts will be the seventeenth 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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