Open Rehearsal Nights: 20th and 27th September

Your chance to try it out!
Did you ever want to join a large choir?
Get to know Beethoven, Mozart and all the giants by singing their music?
Why not give it a go, with no commitment?

We would love to see you at one of our Open Rehearsal Nights — Thursday September 20 and Thursday September 27.

We think you’ll love it! If you join, you will participate in performances of great music, accompanied by professional symphony orchestras and show-casing Ireland’s very best soloists. Every week, at every rehearsal, you will be alongside the keenest singers, young and old, long-time music-lovers and the newly-converted to classical, all welcoming, all enjoying every minute.

This year’s exciting programme includes the hugely popular Carmina Burana, a warm and delightful Christmas concert full of seasonal favourites and the Irish premiere of Christus Natus Est by Cecilia McDowall, and Jonathan Dove’s magical Arion and the Dolphins in May 2019.

The Culwick is directed by the internationally renowned conductor Bernie Sherlock. It is a large, amateur choir that prides itself on its friendliness, on working hard, on enjoying the journey and giving great concerts.

New members are always welcome. Some music-reading ability is an advantage. Just drop in to an Open Rehearsal Night and sing or just observe.

Open Rehearsal Nights: 20th and 27th September – 7:30pm
Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6.

We look forward to seeing you!

Celebrating 120 years!  Ireland’s first public choral society — going from strength to strength!



Poulenc Gloria

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

National Concert Hall

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 8 p.m.


Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, soprano

John Molloy, baritone

The Culwick Orchestra

Brona Fitzgerald, Leader

Bernie Sherlock, Conductor

 The Culwick Choral Society is delighted to bring to the NCH their 120th anniversary concert performance of two great choral masterpieces: the jubilant Gloria by Francis Poulenc and the sublime German Requiem by Brahms. Unique among choral requiems for setting passages from the Bible rather than from Catholic liturgy, the Brahms Requiem enjoys an enduring popularity with audiences because of its real, spiritual power. Non-believers and believers alike readily connect to an underlying universal assertion in this great work, namely that it is the living rather than the dead who stand in need of consolation. Conductor Bernie Sherlock directs the Culwick Choral Society with a professional orchestra led by Brona Fitzgerald, and highly-renowned soloists Sinéad CampbellWallace (soprano) and John Molloy (baritone).

The exuberance of Poulenc’s Gloria offers the perfect foil to the Brahms. ‘When I wrote this piece’, Poulenc famously recalled, ‘I had in mind those frescoes by Gozzoli where the angels stick out their tongues; and also some serious Benedictine monks I had once seen revelling in a game of football.’