Our Lady’s Choral Society (OLCS) was founded in Dublin in 1945, after the Dublin Archdiocese brought together the best singers from all the church choirs of Dublin for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Today OLCS welcomes members from all religions and walks of life. The 120 choristers chosen for membership are united by a passion for singing great choral music at a professional level. The eminent Irish conductor Proinnsías Ó Duinn has been responsible for the choir’s musical development since 1979. Under his direction, OLCS has undertaken many ambitious works, from Charpentier to Stravinsky. It has also premièred works by luminary Irish composers, such as John Kinsella and Seoirse Bodley. OLCS appears regularly at the National Concert Hall, accompanied by the National Sinfonia, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

Officers

 

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is President of Our Lady’s Choral Society since 2004 when he became Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Archbishop Martin held many appointments in Rome in the service of the Holy See from 1975 until 2001 when he moved to Geneva. (more…)

Rev. Paul Ward

Rev. Paul Ward is the Director of Our Lady’s Choral Society. Paul is a singing member of the choir since 1985 (celebrating 30 years in 2015). He was appointed Director in 2005 and in 2010 was re-appointed for a further five years. (more…)

Proinnsías Ó Duinn

When he became Music Director and Conductor of OLCS in 1979, Proinnsías Ó Duinn brought the creative energy and musicianship that enabled an amateur choir to achieve a professional standard. The result is vibrant performances of a varied and extensive repertoire. (more…)

Mary Scarlett

Mary Scarlett is in constant demand as an accompanist for singers, instrumentalists, ensembles, choral societies and musical societies. Coming from a musical family, her interest in piano accompaniment was nurtured from an early age by her father, baritone and choirmaster Tomás Ó Súilleabháin. (more…)