The Goethe-Institut Choir was founded in 1965 at the request of the Director of the (then) German Cultural Institute, Dr Eugen Vetter, to enable engagement with choral music by singers and audiences in Dublin.

Cáit Lanigan-Cooper assembled a group of friends interested in singing together and with the support of the Institute, the choir soon increased in numbers and performed regularly in major venues in Dublin -- a major feature of the early years being the Christmas Concert held in Trinity College Examination Hall. The choir was privileged to have Cáit as Musical Director until her death in June 1998.

Since then, with John Dexter at the helm, the Choir has grown in size, currently numbering 80-90 SATB singers of a wide range of ages and nationalities. We perform at least three concerts per year with professional orchestras or accompaniment in the major Dublin venues and over the years have undertaken trips to choral festivals abroad. Two regular events are the ever-popular Christmas Concert in the NCH and the Carmichael Centre’s annual fund-raising concert in St, Patrick’s Cathedral, formerly on Good Friday but latterly in May.

Visit our Concerts page for details of upcoming performances.

Since the choir’s foundation, programmes have featured the music of a wide range of composers including Vittoria, Schütz, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Bruckner, Haydn and Britten. A significant feature of performances has been the inclusion of the work of Irish composers, including Brian Boydell, Seoirse Bodley, Frank Corcoran, Bernard Geary and Mary McAuliffe.

Concerts have been given in many centres throughout Ireland over the years as well as in Belgium, Italy, Germany and Austria. In July 2009 the choir took part in the Leipzig International Choral Festival.
Click here for some photographic impressions of the Leipzig trip.

Following the death of Cáit Lanigan-Cooper, some members of the choir undertook to reorganise and ensure the choir’s continuation. A constitution document was drawn up and since then the choir has been managed by committee, elected by the members at an AGM held at the start of the calendar year.


2010 Good Friday Concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Photo: Hugh Chaloner