The Gaudete Singers normally put on three concerts each season. Generally the first two consist of sacred music, and in recent years they have taken place in St Patrick's Cathedral and St Bartholomew's Church in Ballsbridge. The summer concert offers a more light-hearted, secular programme devised around a theme, and is currently accommodated in the Freemasons' Hall. The singers are very fortunate to be able to perform in such wonderful venues.
The choir originated in 1976, when eight friends began meeting informally to sing together. Joe Ryan became the conductor in 1978 and directed the choir in competitions and concerts until 1990. Between that time and the appointment of David Leigh in 2000, the choir was conducted, successively, by David Milne, Gráinne Gormley and Andrew Johnstone.
The group's repertoire spans the centuries from the fifteenth to the twenty-first. In March 2015, we featured the demanding A Vision of Aeroplanes by Vaughan Williams as well as the more well-known Requiem by Howells, while the concert in November 2015 included Spanish Renaissance music by Victoria, Morales and Guerrero.