A Timeline of Significant Dates 

in the History of Our Lady's Choral Society 

 

1945

 

16 DecemberThe Amalgamated Catholic Choirs of Dublin (which would later become Our Lady's Choral Society) debuts with a performance of Handel's Messiah.
1946

 

Our Lady's Choral Society is convened by Archibishop McQuaid of Dublin, with Vincent O'Brien as Chorus Master.
1947

 

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.

 

1950

 

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.
1961

 

OLCS travels to Monaco to perform for Princess Grace and Prince Rainier
1970

 

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.
1975

 

OLCS tours Italy with performances of Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Perugia and Messiah in Rome for the Italian Television network RAI.
1976

 

Pope Paul VI makes Music Director Oliver O'Brien a Knight of St. Gregory the Great in honour of his work with OLCS.
1979

 

 

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.

1980

 

OLCS tours the United States, performing in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama.
1981

 

OLCS performs at the State Opening of the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
1992

 

 

 

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.

1995

 

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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