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Posted 18 March 2011

UCD Choral Scholars compete in televised choir competition final

Following their performance of “Sí do Mhaimeo í”, UCD Choral Scholars have been selected to compete in the final of AN CÓR, an Irish language choir competition broadcast on RTÉ One.

The final will be aired on Monday 21 March 2011 at 19:30.
During the knockout stages of the competition, six choirs immersed themselves in the culture, language and history of traditional Irish songs, before performing in front of an expert judging panel.

For each episode, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, series presenter, and UCD science graduate, travelled around the country to discover the history and meaning behind each of the songs.


Judging panel:

John Fitzpatrick
John has been involved in the Cork Choral Festival for nearly 35 years and Festival Director for the last 15 years. An Arts and Music Graduate of U.C.C., John has broad ranging experience as a choral conductor, judge and lecturer. He is also noted for his commitment to community choirs and is considered Ireland's most experienced adjudicator at international level. In 2008, John was named Cork Person of the Year as a result of his work with the Cork Choral Festival.

Bláthnaid Ní Dhonnchadha
Bláthnaid began her TV career as a fashion reporter on TG4's 'Síle' show, presented two series of the very popular show 'Paisean Faisean' and has recently been involved in the station's newest fashion offering 'Stíl na Realt'. Born in Clare and living in Galway, Bláthnaid was a presenter of RTÉ One's 2009 traditional music series 'The Reel Deal'.

Rónán Ó Snodaigh
Dublin-born Rónán is a prolific musician, writer and performer in both Irish and English. He has traveled throughout the world performing with many musicians including Zakir Hussein, Lisa Gerrard plus bands Dead Can Dance and of course, the legendary Kíla.


UCD Choral Scholars is an award winning student vocal ensemble that performs a wide repertoire including early choral works, contemporary works and lighter and more popular works. The scholars come from a range of academic disciplines across University College Dublin.


(Produced by UCD University Relations)


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