Ardú is Ireland’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble. This six-voice group is internationally recognised, having represented Ireland at the Tempere Vocal Festival in Finland, as well as being asked to perform on the Sky 1 a cappella show ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’.
In 2017, Ardú founded the first ever Irish International A Cappella Festival, featuring Grammy Award winners The Swingles and Ireland’s A Cappella Competition. The ensemble has performed at the London A Cappella Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in recent times, building their standing as Ireland’s ambassadors of contemporary a cappella.
Ardú are also busy at home in Ireland, performing throughout the country. Recent performances include Miserere (Allegri) at City Hall, Dublin (part of MusicTown 2017), special guest performances at the Dublin Choral Festival and VocaJazz, a newly created show of jazz arrangements curated by Artistic Director Ciarán Kelly. They have also appeared on TV and radio several times, including the Ray Darcy Show (RTÉ 1), Classical Connections (BBC Radio Ulster) and Marty in The Morning (RTÉ Lyric FM).
The ensemble are former musicians in residence at An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk and have developed educational partnerships with Dundalk Institute of Technology, St Kevins School, Crumlin and work extensively with Music Generation Dún Laoghaire. Their education programme is popular amongst schools around Ireland and continues to reach young singers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Ardú’s second album Gravity was released in September 2018 to great acclaim having placed within the top ten iTunes albums in Ireland in the first week of it’s release. The first track of the album ‘Homeward Bound’ has since been nominated in the ‘Best Classical/Folk Song’ category of the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards 2019.