Wesley College has a long, proud choral tradition and the College Choirs have achieved tremendous success over the last number of years. With five choirs to choose from – Junior Choir, Male Voice Choir, Girls Choir, Senior Choir and Gospel - there is something to cater for anyone with an interest in singing.
The Junior Choral Group is drawn from students in Preps, First and Second Year. Membership of this choir is made not by audition, as we believe that EVERYONE can sing. The only requirements are enthusiasm and commitment, as the choir’s schedule is a busy one. In the 2018/2019 academic year, the Choir were invited to perform with New Dublin Voices during their Christmas concert tour. The choir also had a successful day out at the Feis Ceoil, being awarded 3rd place and an impressive mark of 90 in the Junior Choir Two-Part competition. In previous years, the choir have seen great success at the Kilcoole Music Festival and other national feiseanna. The choir rehearse twice a week, and students receive musicianship and sight-singing training during the rehearsal process as well.
Wesley College’s Senior Choir has achieved tremendous success over the last number of years. Membership of this choir by audition and choir members make a big commitment when they decide to become part of this exciting choral group. A full and varied yearly schedule is embraced by the choir with concert performances both at home and abroad on the annual choir trip, school engagements, recording sessions, workshops and competitive performances all around Ireland. The Senior Choir are multiple Feis Ceoil competition winners including the School Choir of the Year, once outright winners of the title and twice runners-up in the All-Island Choir of the Year, as well as achieving top prizes in the Cork International Choral Festival, Feis Maitiu, the Sligo International Choral Festival, Wesley's own Interschools Music Festival along with the Navan and Kilcoole Festivals. The choir have been lucky enough to work with many of Ireland’s premier choral experts, including Michael McGlynn, Bernie Sherlock and Mark Armstrong.
Currently the activities of choirs marked with an asterisk(*) are restricted due to Covid-19.
*Girls’ Choir: Years 2-6
Thursday 8.10-8.50 am, Room MA18
3/4 part choir – soprano, alto (SSA and SSAA). This is the next step for girls after Junior Choral Group. It gives the girls the chance to meet like-minded people and to sing fun and interesting songs.
*Gospel Choir: Years 4-6
Tuesday 8.10-8.50am, GBS
3-part choir – soprano, alto, bass. This is a fun easy going (but competitive!) choir. It’s perfect for some of our more “reluctant” singers to try out choir. Contact: Mr Kennedy
*Junior Choral Group: Preps & Years 1-3
Monday (2nd Year) 8.10-8.50am, Room MA18.
Tuesday (1st Year & Preps) 8.10-8.50, Room MA18
Friday (1st Year, 2nd Year & Preps) 4.15-5.00, Myles Hall
2-part choir – soprano & alto, boys and girls, 2/3-part choir – soprano, alto, bass
This choir gives our junior students a perfect start to choral singing.
*Male Voice Choir: Years 2-6
Thursday 8.10-8.50am, MA11
2/3-part choir – tenor, bass, baritone Involvement in this choir has increased rapidly in recent years. It’s a great social gathering and gives many budding male singers a chance to shine.
Contact: Mr D Kennedy
*Senior Choir: Years 4-6
Tuesday 4.10-6.00pm, Myles Hall
4-part choir – soprano, alto, tenor, bass. This choir is by audition only. It is a choir of exceptional standard and is a former winner of the All Island Schools Choir competition.
Contact: Mr B Dungan