IDC MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND SECRETARY CHAT ABOUT THE CHOIR
Beginnings, and an epic choral symphony
The choir was born when the European Doctors Orchestra (EDO) started planning for a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 2 “Resurrection” at the Ulster Hall, Belfast in November 2017.
The magnificent finale of this masterpiece requires the addition of a chorus to the sizeable orchestral forces involved in the performance. The Belfast EDO Committee decided to recruit singers from Irish healthcare settings and to offer some EDO-sponsored places to medical students. The quality and enthusiasm of applicants reflected the powerful affinity between medicine and music. They were delighted when talented Irish conductor Brian MacKay agreed to take on the role of Musical Director for this newly-formed Irish Doctors Choir.
The very first time that some of them sang together was at a workshop run by Brian MacKay in the Harty Room at Queen’s University Belfast in February 2017. Gareth Lewis provided piano accompaniment. Later in the year they were back together again at a workshop in the Royal Hospital Donnybrook where they sang an impromptu concert for patients and carers: As well as its primary commitment to performing major classical works, the choir wanted to develop a repertoire for short ‘pop up’ performances in healthcare settings. As music-lovers, they are always keen to share the gift of music with others.
By November 2017, the full chorus were in rehearsal in Belfast for Mahler’s Symphony No 2 ‘Resurrection”and they achieved their objective of singing without their scores. The emotional impact was simply unforgettable
Here is a short clip taken during our first rehearsal with magnificent EDO
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