Dolcissimo is an eight-person vocal ensemble, initially founded in 2006 as a small branch of the larger choir, Dolce, under the musical direction of Deirdre Ní Chaomhánaigh. For four years, this a cappella group sang in various concerts, festivals and indoor and outdoor events in the greater Dublin area, as well as in the Sligo and Derry Choral Festivals. The group broke up in 2009 and reformed in September 2019 with three of the original group. They sang in several concerts in the Christmas 2019 season, and had plans to sing in the Cork International Choral Festival in 2020, when COVID caused its cancellation. They managed to sing together during the summer of 2020 in the wooded areas of St. Anne’s Park in Raheny, and have come together in the summer of 2021 to do the same.
They sing a mixture of secular and sacred music, and songs include ‘Moon River’, ‘Bring me Sunshine’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Loch Lomond’, Taverner’s ‘The Lamb’ and Bruckner’s ‘Locus Iste’. Singing in the woods has allowed them to come together to create music, to relax, and to bring pleasure to passers-by.
Dolcissimo was invited to take part in a choral festival entitled ‘Voices by the Sea 2021’, organised by 1Plus Events. Choirs were invited to record their performances, by the sea, and all performances will be viewable online. Members of Dolcissimo gathered at The Baths in Clontarf for their recording. The Voices by the Sea Choral Festival will take place on Friday 24th September at 7.00 pm. It was streamed online and is available to view at https://voicesbytheseafest.ie