Youth Choir Champions Member from Lucan described it as ‘a real honour’

By Hayden Moore

Dublin Youth Choir were crowned champions at the recent European Choir Games in Gottenburg, Sweden and a local lad from the band has described it as “a real honour”.

Taking two gold medals, including one in the International Grand Prix, and a gold diploma for their performances, Dublin Youth Choir were then named overall champions in the Youth Choir category.

Dublin Youth Choir Darragh Bacon singing in school compressor

Dublin Youth Choir - Darragh Bacon singing in school

As the only choir representing Ireland at the continental tournament, they, along with 171 other groups, and 6,300 participants from 47 different nations, competed to claim prizes in their respective categories.

The group that travelled to Sweden consisted of 24 members, all aged between 16 and 24, with a handful of members hailing from Clondalkin and Lucan.

Darragh Bacon, who auditioned for the group just two years ago when he was 16 years old, is now, after those years of hard work, enjoying the rewards with one of the top honours.

“It’s an unreal experience, and to get the opportunity to represent your country in an international competition like that is a real honour,” said the Lucan native.

“A lot of hard work has gone into it over the past two years by our conductor and our members, so it’s nice to see it pay off by winning the overall prize in the youth choir category.”

Dublin Youth Choir was only established in 2017 in the heart of Dublin city with the intent of creating incremental choral music education for the young singers of the county.

Dublin Youth Choir with trophy

Dublin Youth Choir with their trophy

Following their victory, Artistic Director and Founder of Dublin Youth Choir (DYC), Lynsey Callaghan spoke of how they exceeded their own expectations.

“We began rehearsing just two years ago, but through the hard work and total dedication of every young singer and volunteer, we have accomplished more than I thought was possible in this short time,” she said.

“Our singers and music team strive for excellence and we are delighted that this has been recognised on an international stage.

“Every member of the DYC family is crucial to the success of Dublin Youth Choir and the singers’ determination, diligence, and passion was evident in their performances at the European Choir Games.”

For singers aged between seven and 28, there is an application form available at www.dublinyouthchoir.com for auditions.

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