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, Ballsbridge. The summer concert offers a more light-hearted, secular programme devised around a theme, and is currently accommodated in the Unitarian Church. 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. Joseph 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 2001, 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. Last year's summer concert explored "Flowers", featuring pieces from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries interspersed with suitable readings. The November 2018 concert was devoted to the Flemish Renaissance with compositions by Ockeghem, Obrecht and Josquin des Prez. In March 2019, the choir presented a programme of nineteenth century German music by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Rheinberger while in June 2019 our concert featured a selection of songs from all eras on the theme of "rivers".