Choral Masterclasses with Mark Duley

We are really proud to offer you a wonderful opportunity of spending a day with one of Ireland’s foremost choral directors, Mark Duley. Following on from the highly successful Festival Choir we have run over the last 4 years, this year we offer you two 3 hour masterclasses, giving you the chance to learn more about voice production and choral technique under expert direction.
The masterclass is open to everyone over 14 years old and will appeal to anyone interested in choral singing, whether you're an experienced chorister or thinking of joining a choir.

Date:      Saturday, 17th September

Times:   Masterclass 1: 10am-1pm

Masterclass 2: 2-5pm (including performance at Dominic’s Abbey at 4.30pm)

Venue for Masterclass: Cashel Cathedral, John Street

Age Suitability: 14+ years old

Duration: 3 hours each; to maximise the benefit, attendance at both workshops is desirable

Cost: €10 per Masterclass (+ €1 online booking fee- online booking opens on 27th August 2016)

Booking: please book in advance online at by downloading an application form (below) and emailing it to or pop into The Heritage Centre, Main Street, tel: 062 61333; information: 087 0552179.  Online booking opens on 27th August 2016.

Choir Application Form 2016

Mark DuleyMark Duley
Mark Duley was born in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and studied at Auckland University, the North German Organ Academy and Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatorium, where he was an organ pupil of Jacques van Oortmerssen.

Mark came to Ireland in 1992 and has held several major posts in the country, including organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, chorusmaster to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. As conductor and organist he has appeared with most of the major Irish ensembles, including RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the National Chamber Choir, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Orchestra of St Cecilia, and his own chamber choir Resurgam. He has performed at many of Ireland’s premiere festivals, including the Wexford Opera Festival, the Cork International Choral Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the East Cork Early Music Festival and the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival. He has given organ recitals in all the major Irish venues as well as in the UK and his native New Zealand.

Mark is one of Ireland’s most well-known choral specialists, and has led workshops and masterclasses for choirs and conductors in Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe. Aside from a busy freelance career, Mark holds the posts of Pipeworks artistic director, organist of the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas, Galway, founder-director of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum, and artistic director of Resurgam.