The new cathedral girls’ choir was established in January 2013. Consisting of around eighteen choristers aged between nine and eighteen, the choir is now an integral part of the five hundred year-old tradition of music in Dublin’s oldest cathedral. Membership of the Girls’ Choir instils discipline and high standards that are valuable assets in later life. The choristers rehearse twice weekly, sing Evensong every Wednesday and frequently join forces with the Cathedral Choir. The choristers follow the Voice for Life training scheme of the Royal School of Church Music and many have achieved success in the RSCM’s bronze and silver awards examinations. Choristers are drawn from various schools in the Dublin area and membership, which is free of charge, is open to girls of all religious traditions or none. Selection is on the basis of a voice trial and successful choristers receive expert training and voice tuition. The Girls’ Choir regularly gives concerts in the Cathedral and other Dublin venues as well as undertaking tours around the country. It has also performed on RTE Television and at National and International Choral Festivals. Parents of girls interested in auditioning for a place in the choir are invited to contact the Acting Director of Music, Jack Oades, on +353 (0)1-6778099 for further details.
A new partnership between the cathedral music department and Barretstown Children’s Charity was announced in February 2014. The new cathedral girls’ choir recorded a Song for Barretstown, launched by the President of Ireland, to raise funds for the charity through iTunes downloads. Further events included a high profile fund-raising concert, at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, broadcast on RTÉ1 television. Both cathedral choirs performed at the 20th Anniversary Barretstown Gala Ball in front of over 1000 guests including local celebrities, pop and rock musicians, actors and politicians.