A Timeline of Significant Dates
in the History of Our Lady's Choral Society
|16 December―The Amalgamated Catholic Choirs of Dublin (which would later become Our Lady's Choral Society) debuts with a performance of Handel's Messiah.|
|Our Lady's Choral Society is convened by Archibishop McQuaid of Dublin, with Vincent O'Brien as Chorus Master.|
|First performance with the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra.|
O'Brien succeeds his father, Vincent O'Brien, as Chorus Master of Our
Lady's Choral Society.
First performance of Verdi's Requiem.
|OLCS makes its first tour to Rome.|
|1952||OLCS performs Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, directed by Sir John Barbirolli.|
|1958||Second tour to Rome, where OLCS performs the first part of The Dream of Gerontius for Pope Pius XII, one week before his death.|
|OLCS travels to Monaco to perform for Princess Grace and Prince Rainier|
|In celebration of its silver jubilee, OLCS performs Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius and Verdi's Requiem under the direction of Sir John Barbirolli.|
|OLCS tours Italy with performances of Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Perugia and Messiah in Rome for the Italian Television network RAI.|
|Pope Paul VI makes Music Director Oliver O'Brien a Knight of St. Gregory the Great in honour of his work with OLCS.|
|Proinnsías Ó Duinn succeeds Oliver O'Brien as Music Director.
OLCS is the lead choir in Phoenix Park for Irish visit of Pope John Paul II.
|OLCS tours the United States, performing in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama.|
|OLCS performs at the State Opening of the National Concert Hall in Dublin.|
April―OLCS performs Handel's Messiah
on the site on the Fishamble Street site where the work premièred 250
May―In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Trinity College, Dublin, OLCS sings as part of a 1000-strong choir at the Irish première of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 at the Point Theatre.
|January―OLCS celebrates its 50th Anniversary with consecutive performances of Elgar's The Apostles and The Kingdom.|
|2002||March―Members of OLCS join other international choristers to celebrate
Handel's birthday in his birthplace of Halle an der Saale; the choir of
250 voices performs the Messiah,
conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn.
December―OLCS launches a recording of Handel's Messiah, conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn.