“Bright young things” (The Irish Times)
The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin (or UCD Choral Scholars) are Ireland’s leading collegiate chamber choir, under the direction of their artistic director and founder, Desmond Earley. With a wide-ranging repertoire spanning from early Baroque to contemporary music, the performance of works by living composers is a hallmark of this ensemble. They sing regularly on Irish television and radio, collaborating with ensembles such as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra in venues such as the National Concert Hall in Dublin and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Equally comfortable outside the concert hall, the group has appeared at the Electric Picnic and the Temple Bar Tradfest, and have collaborated with indie-rock band ‘Ham Sandwich’, electric-pop group ‘Young Wonder’ and indie-folk duo Heathers. In touring they have brought their music to audiences throughout continental Europe and the United States.
Their most recent undertaking has been a recording of Irish and Scottish choral music for Signum Classics. Invisible Stars is an enchanting collection of traditional and contemporary choral music and features arrangements and new compositions by some of Ireland’s most celebrated composers, including Michael McGlynn, Brendan Graham, Bill Whelan and their artistic director, Desmond Earley. The recording has been taking the classical world by storm, surfing high on the Amazon and iTunes best-seller lists in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. Their recent video of Mo Ghille Mear, an eighteenth-century traditional Irish song, has catapulted the group into internet fame, having been seen by over 600,000.
Mo Ghille Mear Traditional Irish, arr. Desmond Earley
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