Membership information/auditions

Cantóirí have very limited places for basses and tenor at the moment. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at to indicate your interest in attending for audition and which date you plan to attend.

Ben Barnes, our Musical Director, will run the audition, for which you will need to prepare one song. This can be un-accompanied or accompanied by Ben, sheet music for this would be helpful but is not required. Ability to sight read is not a requirement, but you will be asked to do some aural tests, i.e. repeating back a melody. One of the choir committee will also sit in.

We would ask that you stay for the rehearsal after your audition, to get a feel for what we do, so that if you are offered a place you understand the commitment required.

The choir year runs from September to June, some repertoire is carried over each year. Every assistance will be given to help you learn these songs, but it will require more than usual commitment to catch up at the beginning. We perform all our songs off by heart in multiple languages without music or wordsheets.

Here’s what a typical year of activities looks like:

  • Rehearsal every Monday night from 7.15 to 9.30pm (at Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6). We have a 10 min break at 8.30, tea and biscuits are provided. We often go to the pub after rehearsal on Mondays
  • 1-2 choral competition(s) (typically this means a weekend away)
  • Christmas concert and party, December
  • Vocal coaching workshop/ weekend away (March/April)
  • End of year Concert & BBQ, June

You need to ensure that you can commit to these events and attend all rehearsals. Other events may arise during the year that we may decide to partake in too.

We fund the choir through subscriptions paid by all members each term. This covers the costs of rehearsal venue, Musical Director, insurance, music and printing. There are 2 terms: Sept – Jan and Feb – June.

  • The cost is  €170 (€140 reduced rate).

We will email you during the week following the audition to let you know if you have been successful.

Please download and fill out the Cantóiri audition form and bring it along to your audition.

For more information about the choir and how it is run, you can email