LASSUS in Cavan on July 30th


Happy 90th Birthday, Ronnie!

Dublin Choral Foundation celebrates the 90th Birthday of our esteemed patron, Dr Veronica Dunne, at the National Concert Hall, on Thursday, August 3rd 2017.      Don’t miss the Concert of the Year!

A Gala Operatic Evening in tribute to Dr Veronica Dunne who celebrates her 90th Birthday on August 2nd 2017, featuring some of her most illustrious singing students:

Celine Byrne, Tara Erraught, Miriam Murphy                                                        Patrick Hyland,  Robert McAllister, James McCreanor,                                   Gemma Ní Bhriain, Niamh O’Sullivan & Sarah Shine.                                             Jung Hoon Heo (Aldo) & Youngwoo Kim                                                                               Chorus: Members of The Lassus Scholars and students of Ronnie Dunne.         Special guest: John O’Conor (piano).

Still producing the next generation of opera-stars as she approaches her 90th Birthday Dr Veronica Dunne has long been recognised as one of Ireland’s ‘National Treasures’. This Legendary Lady will be celebrated in song at the National Concert Hall on Thursday August 3rd by her ‘extended family’.

Born on Aug. 2nd 1927 Ronnie herself was a great artist, performing with many of the most renowned singers of her era in Rome, Milan, Dublin (and other Irish venues) at the ROH Covent Garden where she made her début in Der Rosenkavalier in 1952. From 1961 Ronnie combined a performing career with that of teaching, initially at Dublin’s College of Music and since 1992 at the RIAM. As recently as 2002 she performed in Opera Ireland’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades.

Her fascinating life story is outlined by Alison Maxwell in her authorized biography ‘Ronnie’.


  • Bizet (Sequidilla from Carmen,     Au fond du temple saint – duet from The Pearl Fishers)
  • Donizetti (Una furtiva lagrima & Venti scudi from L’Elisir d’amore)
  • Giordano (La mamma morta & Vicino a te from Andrea Chenier)
  • Gounod (Faites-lui mes aveux from Faust)
  • Leoncavallo (Stridono Lassù & duet Nedda/Silvio from Pagliacci)
  • Mozart (Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan tutte)
  • Offenbach (O belle nuit & Helas mon coeur – Septet from Les Contes d’Hoffmann)
  • Puccini (Che gelida manina from La Bohème
  •            Vogliatemi bene – duet from Madama Butterfly
  •              Nessun dorma from Turandot)
  • Rossini (Largo al factotum from Il barbiere di Siviglia
  •                  Nacqui all’affanno…Non più mesta from La Cenerentola
  •                & duet Serbami ognor from Semiramide
  • Strauss (Hab mir’s gelobt – final trio from Der Rosenkavalier)
  • Verdi (Bella figlia dell’amore – quartet from Rigoletto & Va pensiero from Nabucco)
  • Internationally renowned pianist, John O’Conor, will perform Andante from Mozart’s Piano Poncerto no 21 – ‘Elvira Madigan’.

Orlandus Summer School for Choir & Organ 2017

August 10th – 13th 2017

Orlandus Summer School for Choir & Organ

Do you know young singers ambitious for a future in choral music?    Young, talented singers and keyboard players will not be aware of the beauties and challenges of great music until they are introduced to them …. … Let your musician friends & families know about the Orlandus Summer School for Choir and Organ …  August 10th-13th 2017.     Download our brochure here:

Orlandus Summer School Brochure 2017

Four wonderful days of choral singing for young singers aged 14 years to 26 years at St Kevin’s Church Hall, Harrington Street, SCR.

An Introduction to the Pipe Organ for all participants!


  • Dr Ite O’Donovan – Choral Director
  • Dr Imelda Drumm – Voice Coach
  • Dr Paul McKeever – Organ Tutor

Schedule: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily.   Two performances on Aug 13th.

Repertoire: Renaissance masterworks by Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus, Byrd including excerpts from Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli and Allegri’s Miserere.

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Join Piccolo Lasso

Piccolo Lasso

A Musical Education for children for the 21st Century

Dublin Choral Foundation – a provider of musical education from childhood to adulthood. 

Today’s bright young singers become tomorrow’s accomplished, confident, caring and creative citizens.

Piccolo Lasso Initial Classboys and girls from as young as 4 years meet on Thursdays 5.00 to 5.30 and have fun learning about music through songs and activities. Aged 8 they progress to

Piccolo Lassopiccolo 2016

As members of Piccolo Lasso boys and girls (aged 8-15) experience a wide variety of music. Already since September 2016 they have performed Mozart’s ‘Credo’ Mass, Delibes: ‘Messe Breve’; Faure: Messe Basse; Menschick Missa Pueri Cantores  Piccolo Lasso will perform in the National Concert Hall on 1st December 2016. They also enjoy singing Irish folk songs – hear them sing on Road to the Rising, Easter Monday 2015. Click here   

                    Reflecting the Rising, Easter Monday 2016 Click here 

                   Musictown, April 2016, Click here 
Members of Piccolo Lasso become proficient at reading music, singing in ensemble and solo singing. They grow in confidence just by participating. The musical skills, improved focus and concentration, experience as team members and team leaders developed as children extend to all other areas of their lives and, for those who demonstrate exceptional talent, prepare them for an adult life as a musician. Choristers of today become the accomplished, confident, caring and creative citizens of tomorrow.

Under the baton of Dr Ite O’Donovan, Piccolo Lasso is much in demand in Ireland and has collaborated with other artistic groups including Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company (Carmen), Lismore Opera (The Magic Flute), Dublin City Council’s Opera in the Open (The Magic Flute , Carmen) and Junk Ensemble Modern Dance Company. 5 members of Piccolo Lasso took part in the Dublin Theatre Festival’s “The True Story of Hansel and Gretel’ in 2015.

Travel: At the end of December, 2015 Piccolo Lasso were in Rome singing at various venues including St Peter’s Basilica. A number of singers visited Salzburg in July 2016. Plans are going ahead for a return visit to Westminster Cathedral on Saturday October 28th 2017. 

Would you like to experience a class with Piccolo Lasso?

Interested children are invited along to our open rehearsals on Thursdays. Children 8/9 to 13 years 5.30-6.25.

Initial Class for Children aged 5 to 8 years take place on Thursdays 5.00 – 5.30. Parents welcome!

Rehearsals take place in the hall attached to St Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, SCR – not far from Luas Harcourt Street. Just come along!


“Lassus” – Remember the Brave – In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge

‘Remember the Brave’  – In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge

An Evening of Music and Poetry

This very special event will take place on                                                                   Sunday, July 30th 2017 at 8.00 pm                                                                                        in the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim, Cavan.

View final sequence from Concert here by clicking YouTube link


For further details and more photos visit

Lassus Facebook Page

Specialising in Renaissance and Contemporary repertoire, ‘Lassus’, under the umbrella of Dublin Choral Foundation, has already recorded its debut album in July 2015, with domestic and international performances and further recordings from 2016.

In January 2016 the performed Mozart’s Requiem at the National Concert Hall in addition to motets by Orlande de Lassus and a new composition by Bill Whelan.

This exciting new freelance professional chamber choir is directed by Dr Ite O’Donovan.


The Lassus Scholars


    • Ambitious for a career as a professional choral singer?
    • Hoping to improve your sight-singing skills?
    • Interested in singing a varied musical programme with excellent fellow-choristers?
    • Looking forward to opportunities for travel?

Perhaps The Lassus Scholars is the choir for you!

  • Can you sing masterworks like Palestrina’s famous Missa Papae Marcelli at sight?   (in a choral setting)
  • Would you find rehearsals in which almost all the music in front of you is new – and you are singing two or three  to a part – a daunting experience or an exhilarating challenge?

 You will enhance your personal musicianship skills as a member of The Lassus Scholars.

Established in the style of the traditional university and cathedral chamber choir in 1996 by Dublin Choral Foundation to provide a musical training in a new more secular society for young emerging singers, The Lassus Scholars provides a challenging musical environment in which the skills of potential professional singers of the future are nourished and fine-tuned.

To be a member of a fully-professional chamber choir in the 21st century a good voice without excellent musicianship skills is simply not enough. Are you interested in giving yourself the opportunity to advance your personal skills?

SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are offered to 16 members who attend twice-weekly rehearsals and perform on average two Sundays per month.

TRAVEL: In recent years the Lassus Scholars has performed in London (Westminster Cathedral – many occasions), Florence (2012), Paris (2014), Rome (2007, 2010 and most recently 2015).

DCF will soon be auditioning for the new season September 2016 – June 2017.044

Potential candidates are invited to attend rehearsals in advance of auditioning.

Rehearsals take place in the hall attached to St Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, SCR Tuesdays & Thursdays 6.45 – 7.45 p.m.

Contact us for further details or send us a message via our Facebook page.