The National Children’s Choir is a school-based choral experience for primary school children
The aims of the National
Children’s Choir are
To foster a love of choral singing among primary school pupils
To enhance the musical education of those involved.
The choir has its roots in European Music Year, 1985. Seán Creamer (then a music inspector with the Department of Education and Science) wanted to celebrate this exciting event in a unique way. His idea was that large groups of children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes in primary schools would learn and perform a common repertoire in public. He approached a number of teachers with this vision and they willingly supported him. This was the birth of the National Children's Choir.
Since 1985 over 90,000 children have enjoyed the experience of singing with the National Children's Choir at a local level. This is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of teachers all over the country.
On April 3rd 2006, Seán Creamer, founder of the National Children’s Choir, was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the Higher Education Training Awards Council (HETAC) in recognition of his services to music education over a period of almost 60 years, especially through the National Children’s Choir.
Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin T.D., presented Seán with his parchment. This honour reflects greatly on the National Children’s Choir and its contribution, under Sean’s inspired and enthusiastic guidance, to the musical education of tens of thousands of primary school children since 1985.