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Ten Things to know about the RIAS Chamber Choir

find out more about this legendary choir before their performance at The national cocnert hall


RIAS Kammerchor make their National Concert Hall debut on November 23 with chief conductor Justin Doyle and piano duo Ufuk and Bahar Dördüncü.

The programme will feature Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52 and Op. 65, interspersed with love songs by Reger, Holst, Vaughan, Williams, Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Slavonic Dances by Dvorˇák.


1. Established in 1948, the Kammerchor was originally known as the Rundfunkchor des RIAS, after the US-run German-language radio station Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (Broadcasting in the American Sector)

2. The choir first performed on 15 October 1948, and its first chief conductor was Herbert Froitzheim.


We always live in a continuum. That’s what’s interesting to me. When you’re told you only do ‘alte Musik,’ it’s terribly dull being in a pigeonhole - Justin Doyle

3. RIAS Kammerchor is a partner of both Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. The choir participated in the opening of Berliner Philharmonie in October 1963

4. The choir has premiered works by such contemporary composers as Paul Hindesmith, Boris Blacher, Mauricio Kagel, Ernst Krenek, Pierre Boulez, Hans Werner Henze and Aribert Reimann.

5. Justin Doyle has been its chief conductor since 2017.

6. Justin was born in Lancaster, England and his musical education began as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge.

7. Justin’s work as Chief Conductor of RIAS Kammerchor began with a critically acclaimed debut at the new Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin (Monteverdi Vespers and Missa ‘In illo tempore’).


8. Although originally from Turkey sisters Ufuk and Bahar Dördüncü have been based in France and Switzerland for many years.

9. The sisters grew up listening to Mozart and Brahms and went to Ankara State Conservatory before completing their studies at Geneva Conservatory where they still teach.

10. Over the course of their career Ufuk and Bahar have worked with composers such as George Benjamin and Helmut Lachenmann and an array of acclaimed conductors including Armin Jordan, Zsolt Nagy and Alexander Schwink.


RIAS Chamber Choir (Kammerchor) performs on the main stage on November 23rd as part of the NCH International Concert Series 2019/2020.

The series is supported by the Irish Times. Tickets from €19.50 at the link below.

To get you in the mood for their performance, the NCH has put together this Spotify playlist from the chamber choir's acclaimed back catalogue.

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