Sean Doherty


Doherty (b. 1987) was introduced to music through the Irish fiddle tradition of his hometown of Derry. He read music at St John’s College, Cambridge, after which he completed a PhD at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He is now a
lecturer in music at Dublin City University.

He is active as a choral singer, singing with the internationally acclaimed New Dublin Voices, conducted by Bernie Sherlock.

Doherty is a member of the Irish Composers’ Collective, the Association of Irish Composers, and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.

Choral Music

Doherty has an extensive and varied choral catalogue, which includes sacred and secular (accompanied and a cappella) works for SATB choirs of every ability.

Doherty’s choral works have garnered numerous awards: he has won the Feis Ceoil choral composition award four times (2009, 2011, 2014, 2016), the Choir and Organ Magazine composition competition twice (2012, 2014), the Jerome Hynes composition competition, the St Giles’s Cathedral Edinburgh anthem composition competition, the Fragments Choral Composition Award (in association with Historic Scotland), and the Prix pour une œuvre de création at the international choral festival Florilège Vocal de Tours, France.

Doherty’s choral pieces have been performed by choirs including the choir of Merton College, Oxford, the choir of Salisbury Cathedral, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the choir of St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, Chicago a cappella, the Grant Park Chorus, Chicago, Laetare Vocal Ensemble, Voci nuove, the Mornington Singers, and New Dublin Voices.

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