Complaints Choir

The Complaints Choir

The first Irish Complaints Choir had its debut on May 1st at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 lanuching the Bealtaine festival. 

Dominic Campbell, Artistic Director of Bealtaine, says, “Complaints Choirs are about transforming the huge energy we put into complaining into something more positive. Irish people are supposed to be world class at complaining – here’s the chance to prove it! “

The project started in February 2013 with inviting the people of Ireland to send their complaints to the Bealtaine Festival. Conor Linehan of the Royal Irish Academy of Music have turned these complaints into lyrics for a choral symphony. Choirs around the country, after learning this new composition of complaint,  gathered together on May 1st, the first day of the Bealtaine Festival, to transform all that moaning into a work of art. 

Complaints Choir are an initiative of artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. Complaints Choirs began in Finland before spreading around the Globe. Everyone it seems has something to complain about!

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is Ireland’s oldest musical institution and a home of musical excellence. Founded in 1848 the Academy is a place of teaching and learning its objectives are transmitting the highest standards of performance and appreciation in all musical disciplines.