Saint Brigid’s National School Choir comprises children from fifth and sixth classes. Over the past 22 years it has competed successfully in many festivals and fesieanna, frequently achieving first prize at Cork International Choral Festival, Bangor Choral Festival, Wesley Interschools’ Music Festival and Feis Ceoil. At Feis Ceoil, the choir has won the Dr O’ Reilly trophy for 2-part choir on 17 occasions. Moreover, since the ESB sponsorship initiative in 2009, the choir has been awarded ESB School Choir of the Year five times – 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 and again this year - 2018; the choir has also achieved the Ite O’ Donovan award for the best primary school choir on eight occasions during this period.
In April of this year, the choir travelled to the Cork International Choral Festival and achieved first place in the Primary Schools’ competition. It also received a special award from the Association of Irish Choirs for its performance of ‘Can You Hear Me?’ by Bob Chilcott.
In recent years, the choir has performed as guests of Culwick Choral Society and Dublin County Choir at their annual Christmas concerts at the National Concert Hall. It has also performed the part of Ragazzi in Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ on two separate occasions with Dublin University Choir and Culwick Choral Society. Last Christmas the choir was invited by New Dublin Voices, conducted by Bernie Sherlock, to sing at their Christmas Concert in the Draíocht Theatre, Blanchardstown. This was a wonderful opportunity to perform to their local Dublin 15 community. The choir is delighted to share its beautiful singing yet again with the local community at Castleknock Music Festival.
The choir is very busy throughout the school year, providing music for all the key events that occur, including Confirmation, carol service and school masses.