We are asking for your support to launch the Irish Doctors Choir.
If you would like to help us, you could do this in two ways,
- you can make a financial contribution online here
- you can tell your friends about us, share the link to this appeal and share our video / social media posts. If you ask your friends to share too, we can have an even greater impact!
Under the artistic directorship of well-known Irish musician Brian MacKay, this exciting new group of medical singers comes from right across the island of Ireland and beyond.
We first came together this year to sing the magnificent choral finale of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No 2 "Resurrection" with European Doctors Orchestra in Belfast. It was the musical experience of a lifetime!
Now the singers from Irish Doctors Choir want to continue making fine music together. We plan to give two major performances at exciting locations around Ireland each year. We are experienced singers who are passionate about music and we want to build something special.
Here are a few thoughts from Brian MacKay
“It's not every choir that get's to start with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony! Well, that is exactly how the Irish Doctor's choir has come into being, singing this life changing, possibly once in a lifetime, masterpiece in one of our best concert halls. We thought we were putting together a group of doctors for the crazy idea of singing just that piece. An excellent idea in its own right. But such has been the momentum created and such has been the power of the experience that suddenly we are making plans for the coming years. Plans to provide an outlet for doctors, medical students and others to develop their love of music, plans to share that music within the healing professions, plans to follow Mahler 2.
Now there's a question, how do you follow Mahler. With more Mahler? Well maybe - surely Mahler 8 awaits some day! But meanwhile how about the Rachmaninov All Night Vigil? Power and subtlety, visceral, emotional, transcendent. Rachmaninov, had it as one of his two favourite works. The other, The Bells, was also choral. Based on Russian Orthodox chant, the Vigil is certainly one of Rachmaninov's most personal utterances, he requested that the Nunc Dimitis should be played at his funeral. There is so much that could be said about this work which was first performed in 1915 two years before the Russian Revolution led to official condemnation of religious music. Better to sing it and hear it and experience how it will transcend all such political considerations.”
Irish Doctors Choir is a not-for-profit association of singers. Concert proceeds will be donated to charitable causes .
If you might like to join the choir or invite us to perform in your area, you can find out more and follow the links on our website at http://www.irishdoctorschoir.ie
We cannot go forward until we have raised sufficient funds to underwrite our plans for 2018.
If you think that we are doing something worthwhile, can you support us ?