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 Sub-Committee decided to recruit singers from Irish healthcare settings, to invite friends of EDO 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 roles of Musical Director for this newly-formed Irish Doctors Choir and Chorus Master for the EDO’s forthcoming performance in Belfast.