The Choir

Ossia Youth Choir is an award-winning youth choir based in Clontarf, Dublin.  Members hail from various locations across Dublin and are aged between 11 and 18 years of age. Established in 2011 by musical director Carmel Whelan, the choir rehearses weekly in Clontarf where they are joined by their accompanist Bryan Mullen.

The choir is open to children of all musical abilities with no audition required to join and no previous experience or sight reading abilities necessary.  Weekly rehearsals focus not only on repertoire, but also on the development of musicianship skills, particularly musical literacy, in a fun environment which also builds confidence and friendships. Past members have gone on to join the ranks of both the Irish Youth Training Choir and Irish Youth Choir where they have continued to develop their love of choral singing.

Since its foundation, the choir has been actively involved in many community and charity events. Ossia has had many exciting performance opportunities to date including:

  • Amazing Voices, All Hallows Church, October 2012
  • Round The Clock Fashion Show, Clontarf Castle, February 2013
  • LIFT Youth Arts Festival, The Helix, March 2013
  • Dublin Docklands Festival, December 2013
  • Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Carol Concert, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, December 2013
  • LIFT Youth Arts Festival, Axis, March 2014
  • The Battle of Clontarf Viking Festival, St. Anne’s Park, April 2014
  • Derry International Choral Festival, October 2014
  • GIFT Christmas Festival, Temple Bar, December 2014
  • Pitch Perfect 2 Premiere, Odeon Cinema, May 2015
  • Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Carol Concert, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, December 2015
  • Ireland AM, TV3, December 2015
  • R.A.T.S.S. Showcase, The Gaiety Theatre, January 2016
  • Humanitarian Symphony Orchestra Debut, Christchurch Cathedral, April 2016
  • Elena Sharkova Choir Festival, Christchurch Cathedral, June 2016
  • Dublin To Sitges, Clasac, July 2016
  • Creative Connexions Festival, Sitges, Spain, October 2016
  • Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Christmas Concert, December 2016
  • Samhradh, St. Francis Xavier Church, June 2017
  • A Winter’s Tale, Church of St. John The Baptist, December 2017
  • NSW Public Schools Symphony Orchestra & Singers, January 2018
  • Official Launch of One Microsoft Place, February 2018
  • Vereint Im Singen, Church of St. John The Baptist, May 2018
  • Raise Your Voice, Lutheran Church of Ireland, June 2018
  • Tearfund Ireland 10th Anniversary, RTÉ, October 2018
  • The Greatest Show That Never Was, RTÉ JR, December 2018
  • Winter Dreams, Church of St. John The Baptist, December 2018
  • Five Lamps Arts Festival, April 2019
  • Shore to Shore, Newman University Church, June 2019

The choir has performed alongside many talented artists from around the world including Mary Black, Roisin O, The High Hopes Choir, Maynooth University Chamber Choir, Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, The Line Up, Rejoice Gospel Choir, Del Norte High School Choir, Oregon City High School Choir, Gloria, CIE Male Voice Chorus, Ború, Cantabile Youth Singers, Blessed Sacrament Parish Choir, Humanitarian Symphony Orchestra, Coro Voci Bianche Colli Fiorentini, Belvedere Chamber Choir, NSW Public Schools Symphony Orchestra, Kantorie St. Magdalena, and many more.

In July 2014, Ossia assisted Music Matters with the recording of their first album, providing backing vocals for several tracks as well as two solo tracks for the album.  In October 2016 Ossia travelled to Sitges, Spain where the choir performed as part of “Creative Connexions” – a festival which celebrates and forges links between Irish and Catalan culture. The choir will return to participate in the festival in October 2019. Recent media appearances include RTÉ morning service celebrating the 10thanniversary of Tearfund Ireland and RTÉ Jr.’s Christmas Special “The Greatest Show That Never Was”.  In March 2019 Ossia was awarded first place in Clontarf Choral Competition’s Junior Choir category.