Piccolo Lasso, also directed by Ite O’Donovan, is the junior section of The Lassus Scholars, catering for boys and girls aged eight to fifteen. In the choir the child’s first instrument, the voice, is developed and the childrens’ lives are enhanced forever by the many benefits long associated with music education.
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Members receive specialised training in sight-singing, notation and theory, vocal technique, interpretation and repertoire and are guided individually through the Dublin Choral Foundation Training Scheme leading to bronze, silver and gold awards.
As well as joining in performances of large-scale works with The Lassus Scholars in the National Concert Hall and other venues, Piccolo Lasso has performed much of the specialist children’s repertoire including Faure’s Messe Basse, Britten’s Missa Brevis and Ceremony of Carols. The choir has also performed contemporary Irish compositions including Eric Sweeney’s Missa Brevis (which they have recorded) and Seoirse Bodley’s Missa Brevis in Angustiis which was commissioned by Dublin Choral Foundation in 2009.
Piccolo Lasso has represented Ireland at the International Congresses of Pueri Cantores held in various European cities since 1998. In recent years they have performed in Rome (December 2010), Florence (October 2012) and Paris (July 2014).