Apply for the Irish Youth Choir 2022 (Singers aged 18–28) – Bursaries Available

Apply for the Irish Youth Choir 2022 (Singers aged 18–28) – Bursaries Available

Friday, 13 May 2022, 5.00pm

The Irish Youth Choir, which is administered by Sing Ireland, is currently seeking applications from singers aged 18–28.

Sing Ireland wants its choirs to represent the diversity of Ireland’s young people and celebrates every individual from any background. The organisation passionately believes that choral singing is for everyone and strongly encourage all talented young singers to audition to become part of our Irish Youth Choir.

Sing Ireland particularly encourages and supports young people who are currently underrepresented in choral music, including young people from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities, disabled people, and those from lower-income families. A number of bursaries are available. You can find out more here or email jenny [at]

To apply for the Irish Youth Choir, see here. Successful applicants will take part in the Irish Youth Choir summer course at the University of Limerick, which takes place on 11–20 August. 

The deadline for applying is 13th May 2022.

For details on the Irish Youth Training Choir, which is for singers aged 14–17, please see here.

What will it be like at the IYC summer course?
The IYC summer course includes individual singing lessons, skill-based workshops, and a variety of other activities which taken all together will create an exceptional musical and social experience. 

During the course you and the group will become a choir, Ireland’s national youth choir, ready to perform in this year’s Irish Youth Choir summer concerts in Cork, Limerick, and Dublin at the end of the course.

IYC Programme 2022
“Birds do sing, Hey ding-a-ding-ding….”

Composers like birds!

This summer, the Irish Youth Choir will present an incredible programme of wonderful pieces, each one featuring birds - either tucked away in the background or strutting centre-stage. 

Whether pieces are from the 1400s or 2021, or by Panufnik or Brahms, there’s a bird in there, somewhere. They appear in music that profoundly celebrates the whole wide world of nature. Sometimes they just sit above, wry observers of the canoodling behaviour of human lovers, and at other times they are feathered symbols of freedom or longing. And sometimes they are simply themselves, the stars in beautiful music that’s all about them.

It will be challenging and great fun to prepare this amazing programme which includes four pieces never before performed in Ireland, two of them never performed before anywhere!

  • Irish premiere: Roxanna Panufnik Celestial Bird
  • Jacob Archadelt Il bianco e dolce cigno
  • Caroline Shaw And the Swallow
  • Brahms O schöne Nacht
  • Irish premiere: Jake Runestad Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Arr. Robert Sund Alouette
  • Michael McGlynn Eirí na Gréine
  • Rutter Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • Rutter It was a lover and his lass
  • Monteverdi Quel augellin che canta
  • World premiere: Arr. Eoin Conway *Sweet Lemany
  • Seán Doherty Under-Song
  • World premiere: Seán Doherty *The Peace You Hold
  • Stanford The Blue Bird

*Commissioned by the Irish Youth Choir 2021

Summer Concerts

  • August 17th: Cork
  • August 19th: Limerick
  • August 20th: Dublin

How do I apply?
To apply, see here. If you have queries about signing up to IYC 2022, please email info [at]

Sing Ireland aims to make its events as inclusive and accessible as possible. If you have any particular needs or accessibility requirements or if there is anything else we can do to help make the event a better experience for you, please contact Sing Ireland.

For all details, visit the link below.

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