The Culwick Choral Society was founded in 1898 by the illustrious musician, Dr James C Culwick, who was also a co-founder of Feis Ceoil in 1897. The Culwick is an amateur choir whose members are drawn from all parts of Dublin, Ireland. While the choir is versatile in its repertoire, performance of the classical choral works is undoubtedly dearest to the heart of the Society. Standard performances each year include a major concert each Spring - most recently a concert of Opera scenes, in April 2007 - an annual Christmas Concert and, since 1990, Handel's Messiah for two nights each December in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin for a designated charity; to date in excess of €100,000 has been raised for charities overall.
The Culwick Choral Society has been blessed, over the past twenty-one years, to have benefited from the musical direction of Colin Block - he holds the record as the longest-serving conductor of the Society since its establishment in 1898. He is a superb musician and a true gentleman; his interpretive skill, his ability to get the best out of his singers and bring an amateur choir to professional standards of performance, are all well documented, and the members of the Culwick have many wonderful memories of great concerts under his direction; not least the now traditional performances of Messiah in St. Patrickís Cathedral every December since 1990. He has achieved this success with a blend of expertise, humour, dignity and confidence in the choir. The Opera Scenes concert in April was Colinís final concert as Musical Director of the Culwick Choral Society. He will be greatly missed, and our very best wishes go with him.
The Culwick Choral Society is now under the stewardship of Musical Director, Ms. Bernie Sherlock.
You can find details of future concerts in our Forthcoming Events page.