‘Tis the Season

We are excited to celebrate Christmas with what will be a truly wonderful night at the National Concert Hall featuring special guest soprano Cara O’Sullivan on Monday Dec 5th at 8pm.

Also joining us for our jam-packed programme of seasonal music will be the Dublin Concert Band conducted by Fergus O’Carroll, the women and girls of the award-winning Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, and our own David O’Shea, organist and pianist. Our compère for the evening is the celebrated broadcaster Olivia O’Leary.

Amidst a bounty of familiar seasonal favourites, old and new, our highlight will be the first performance in Ireland of On Christmas Night, a beautiful Christmas cantata by the English composer Bob Chilcott. Written in 2011 for choir, chamber ensemble and organ, it’s based on a delightful sequence of eight carols and offers a charming celebration of the Christmas story.

Other highlights include the Christmas music from Handel’s Messiah, and sing-along Christmas carols and songs.

So snap up a ticket and join in our Christmas cheer!




  • We sing fantastic BIG choral works – Messiah, Bach, Carmina Burana, Fauré, Mozart. You name it, we sing it and we love it!
  • Amazing conductor – Award-winning Bernie Sherlock at the helm. Can it get any better?
  • Central rehearsal location – Thursday evenings, Leeson Park, Dublin 6
  • Friendly ambiance, new friends
  • Fun-filled workshops with guest choral experts from groups like the King’s Singers and Swingle Singers
  • Watch your musicianship grow!
  • Email registrar@culwick.org

Premiering Panufnik

So it’s the 9th of May, the day after the night before … and oh what a night it was!

We have been working solidly for the past number of months in preparation for singing the Irish premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Westminster Mass. To say that this work presented a myriad of challenges is an understatement: it’s modern, it’s fast, it’s slow, it’s sometimes a capella, it’s dissonant but most importantly it’s truly magnificent.

Panufnik joined us and gave a great interview before we sang the work, you could sense the energy in the Concert Hall – from the first chime of the tubular bells in the Kyrie right through to the resounding Lamb of God, we really gave it our all. The standing ovation for Roxanna (and us!) reflected the triumph that this work is.

Premiering Panufnik was an honour – singing a work so modern and pairing it with Mozart pushed our comfort zones, stretched our limits and elevated our singing to an entirely new place. It was a magical night. We cannot wait to present our next programme … watch this space!


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Spring Concert|Update

We are thrilled to announce that Roxanna Panufnik will be joining us as we perform the premiere of her Westminster Mass on May 8th at the National Concert Hall.

Come along to this not-to-be-missed Irish premiere.

Panufnik’s radiant and much-loved Westminster Mass was a 1998 commission for London’s Westminster Cathedral Choir to celebrate the 75th birthday of the late Cardinal Hume. His response upon hearing the music was to tell Panufnik – then still 29 years old – that she “pierced the clouds” between the congregation and God.

“Its combination of brilliance, charm and what you might call the ‘common touch’ bridged many of the boundaries that separate new music from a wider audience.” (Critic, Michael White).

“The Westminster Mass is extremely beautiful… here was something unarguably spiritual, something which forced you to take the entire proceedings seriously… passing dissonances resolve into consonant harmonies that break through like a shaft of light before they are resolved again…” (Tempo Magazine).


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The Trumpet Shall Sound!

We are delighted to announce that in a few short weeks, we sing Handel’s Messiah!

Messiah is a favourite of the Culwick and, by popular demand, we perform it once again in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral at 8pm on Saturday March 19th next.

This year, we are joined  by a wonderful array of young talented soloists –  soprano Maria McGrann, alto Gina Oberoi, we welcome the return of tenor Andrew Gavin and Eoghan Desmond will sing bass on the night. The Culwick ensemble is led by Brona Fitzgerald and our award-winning conductor Bernie Sherlock will steer us through the Christ tale from start to finish.

Tickets are €20 and are available on the door, from any choir member or via email to secretary@culwick.org



Bring on the spring

We’ve been out of hibernation for a few weeks now but still under our winter wraps – well no MORE!

Here’s a little teaser of what we’ve been up to since Christmas, what do you think? Do you recognise this stellar line-up of composers and musicians?

– watch this space folks – all will be revealed … soon!

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Remembrance Day: Fauré

To mark Remembrance Day we are singing the beautiful Fauré Requiem.

Come join us – Wednesday November 11th at 8pm

Sandford Parish Church, Ranelagh

Conductor, Bernie Sherlock

Organ, David O’Shea

with soloists soprano Aisling McCarthy and baritone Peter Manning

This is a FREE event – (with a retiring collection)