A Timeline of Significant Dates 

in the History of Our Lady's Choral Society 




16 DecemberThe 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.
1948 Oliver 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.




13 AprilOLCS performs Handel's Messiah on the site on the Fishamble Street site where the work premièred 250 years earlier.

MayIn 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.



JanuaryOLCS celebrates its 50th Anniversary with consecutive performances of Elgar's The Apostles and The Kingdom.
2002 MarchMembers 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.

DecemberOLCS launches a recording  of Handel's Messiah, conducted  by Proinnsías Ó Duinn.


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