106% Funded


Target: €7000


€7,483 Raised


83 Funders

UCD Choral Scholars Commission Project

By UCD Choral Scholars


Who are UCD Choral Scholars?

University College Dublin Choral Scholars is Ireland’s leading collegiate choral ensemble. Every September, eighteen students from across a range of academic disciplines - from Music to Medicine - are awarded choral scholarships. We perform a large choral repertoire ranging from the medieval to the contemporary, and the choir gives many major concerts throughout the academic year. Last year the choir won first place in the National Church Music Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival, collaborated with Irish artists HamsandwicH and Heathers at Christ Church Cathedral, and with Young Wonder at Electric Picnic Festival.

 Who is Ivo Antognini?

Born in Locarno, Switzerland, Ivo Antognini is a self-taught composer of choral music, jazz and television and film scores. He is committed to music education and is a long-standing professor in the professional training level of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. Antognini’s interest in choral music began in 2006 when he became composer-in-residence of world-class children's choir Coro Calicantus. Since then, Antognini's choral works have won prizes at many international competitions, such as the the Contemporary Americana Festival 2012 in Boston. Antognini draws on a wide range of texts for his choral compositions, from ancient Latin, through to the poetry of Emily Dickinson. His music has been performed worldwide by choirs such as Trinity College Choir of Cambridge and many others, including of course, UCD Choral Scholars! You can even check out a video of us singing ‘Jesu Dulcis’ by Ivo Antognini on youtube.

What will this project achieve?

UCD Choral Scholars hopes to commission Swiss composer Ivo Antognini to write a set of three choral pieces for the choir, based on texts by Irish poets. UCD Choral Scholars regularly perform Antognini’s stunning choral arrangements, and through this project hope to enhance this international musical relationship. The choir members are so excited about the opportunity to collaborate with an internationally acclaimed composer and to see how Antognini will bring the beautiful texts of these poems to life through his renowned atmospheric and expressive musical interpretation.

Upon reaching our fundraising target, our plans for this commissioned work would be:

• World Premiere at UCD Choral Scholars Christmas Concert, Dublin, December 2014.

• Swiss Premiere, Antognini Festival, Switzerland, May 14th to 17th, 2015.

• Performing it regularly in our programme thereafter.

What do we need?

We need your help to raise €7000 to commission Antognini to compose for us. We hope you like our selection of carefully compiled rewards which reflect your vital and much appreciated contribution to our project. As a friend of the project you will also be sent updates of our progress and any future performances of the commissioned work. Thank you for your support, whether it be taking the time to read about our project, or making a donation: we can’t do this without you!



UCD Choral Scholars Commission Project Update - Christmas Concerts and Rewards

Dear friends Thanks to your generous support, we are now just a few days away from the premiere performance of Ivo Antognini's three pieces commissioned for UCD Choral Scholars! The choir have been working hard in rehearsals these last few months to prepare for our Christmas concert series, which takes place next week at Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, at 8pm on 17th, 18th and 19th December. The concerts will include some Christmas favourites, as well as the premiere of the Antognini pieces, and we look forward to welcoming the composer himself at the first performance on Wednesday 17th December. If you would like to join us at one of the concerts, you can see full details and buy tickets at the following link: http://www.ucdchoralscholars.ie/news.php We also wanted to update you that there have unfortunately been some delays with the publishing agent and we are sorry to inform you that the printed scores will not be available until early Spring 2015. We will endeavour to have these with you as soon as they become available and we apologise for the delay in delivering these rewards. Please do not hesitate to get touch at ucollegedublinchoralscholars@gmail.com if you have any queries about your reward. Once again, on behalf of the University College Dublin Choral Scholars, thank you so much for your support of the choir in 2014, and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

UCD Choral Scholars Commission Project: The Final Poems!

Hi Everyone, Just to let you know that you can now view the three poems we have chosen to be set to music by Ivo Antognini via the following link: http://www.ucdchoralscholars.ie/news.php Happy reading! UCD Choral Scholars

UCD Choral Scholars Commission Project: Rewards

Hi Everyone! Thank you for helping us to reach our target! Because of you, our project has been successful and we will be able to commission Ivo Antognini to compose this set of pieces for us. We have nearly finished selecting our three chosen poems for this commission project and will let you know as soon as they are confirmed! We will also be in touch shortly to let you know how and when you will receive your chosen rewards. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend and thanks again from all of us at the UCD Choral Scholars!

UCD Choral Scholars Fund it Campaign: Target Reached!

Hi Everyone, We made it! We reached our target of €7,000 yesterday and we wanted to thank everyone who has contributed to the campaign so far for helping us get to this point. With two weeks to go before the campaign finishes, and donations still coming in, we are delighted by the support we have received and we are so excited about the amazing year ahead! Ivo Antognini also contacted us from Switzerland to pass on his thanks to all the funders, and to say how much he is looking forward to working on this commissioned project! Finally, if you have not yet gotten involved in the campaign but would like to be part of it, there is still time to do so, as any additional funding will go a long way towards facilitating this project. A reminder also to those who have already pledged funds, that they will debited from your account on or after 16th May when the project closes! Thank you for supporting the arts!

Project Update for UCD Choral Scholars Fund it Campaign

Hello again everyone and hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend! We are now over 2 weeks into our Fund it campaign, and over 80% of the way to reaching our target! We now need to raise €1,332 more by Friday 16th May to ensure we reach our fundraising goal successfully! We really appreciate any help you can give the project by sharing it on social media and online in general - every €5 counts! As a little thank you to the amazing 61 people and organizations that have funded us so far, we would like to offer our funders a special discount on tickets for our ‘Suaimhneas’ concert this Thursday 24th April at 8pm at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin: if you buy one ticket you can bring a friend for free! If you have already purchased tickets online, you can still bring a friend for free, as we will have all the donors’ names on the ticket desk at the door. Tickets are €15, and available at the door on the night, or online at the link below: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/CDB/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=172729 The choir are just heading into Christ Church this evening for our rehearsal, after a lovely Easter break. Thanks again for your support so far and we hope to see some of you on Thursday! Best wishes from all of the choral scholars!

Update on UCD Choral Scholars Commission Project!

Hi Everyone Thank you so much for contributing to the UCD Choral Scholars Fund it campaign! We have had an overwhelming response in the first week since the campaign’s launch, and thanks to lovely people like you, we have now reached almost 70% of our target! We are delighted to have you involved in this project and it is a wonderful experience for us to see the incredible support for UCD Choral Scholars out there that allows us to do what we love best - singing! Just a reminder for your own records that any money you have pledged at this point will not be deducted from your account until the campaign reaches 100% of its target. We still have just over €2,000 left to raise over the next 5 weeks, but with your help to date, we are optimistic that this is an achievable target, and the campaign will hopefully finish successfully on Friday 16th May. In terms of the Fund it project, we are now beginning our selection process for what will be the three final poems used by Ivo Antognini in his composition! It is a very exciting process, and we will update you as the poems are confirmed. In other news, the choir are very busy at the moment preparing for summer exams as well as for our spring concert at Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday 24th April. However we are still finding some time to enjoy the beautiful exam weather (even if that means bringing the books outside) - we hope you are too! We will be in touch again soon with another campaign update. We really appreciate any help you can give us in terms of sharing the project with others - every bit of help brings us one step closer to our goal! Until then, a HUGE thank you from all of us at UCD Choral Scholars!

funders (83)

There are 75 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project