2016 Festival Competition Winners

Competition A:  The Sligo Park Hotel Grand Prix 

Park Singers

Winner:  The Park Singers              

The Park Singers was founded by Seán Creamer in 1970, taking its name from the Phoenix Park school where it was based in its early days. Many of its members were pupils of Seán Creamer from an early age in the National Children’s Choir and Dublin Secondary School Girls’ Choir, who wished to carry their love of choral singing into adulthood. Órla Gillan took over as conductor in 2009. Órla is a teacher and one of the musical directors of the National Children’s Choir. Since taking charge of the Park Singers, she has led them to success in performances at home and abroad, including winning Best Female Choir at the North Wales Choral Festival in 2010,  Choir of the Festival at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2011 . The choir has also picked up numerous awards at the EBS Feis Ceoil and Navan Choral Festival winning the Female Competition in 2011, 2012, 2013 and the Female and Irish Music Competitions in 2010. The Park Singers performs a wide range of repertoire and has a particular interest in works by contemporary Irish composers.  In 2008 The Park Singers collaborated on the music for an independent Irish film, One Christmas Eve. They also recorded their first CD, Regardez Le Chef, the same year.

 


Competition B:  The Mayor of Sligo Perpetual Trophy 

Winner: Cuore

Cuore

CuoreWinner:   Cuore

Cuore are a Dublin-based mixed-voice chamber choir, conducted by Amy Ryan.  The choir performs a broad range of sacred and secular repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Members hail from Ireland, Spain, Poland, the United States, Belgium, Hungary and the UK.  Since its formation in September 2014, Cuore has presented a number of concerts, and recently performed at Dublin City Hall as part of Culture Night. The choir were awarded first prize in the Chamber Choir category at the 2015 New Ross Choral Festival, and were overall runners-up at the 2016 Mayo International Choral Festival.

 

 

Runner Up:   NUIG Alumni Ensemble

NUI Galway Alumni Choir

NUI Galway Alumni Choir

This Alumni choir are graduates of 2004-2006 from NUI Galway. The singers are still in contact and are relishing the opportunity to reform, and reconnect friendships. Currently the singers are based all around Ireland and Europe and travel to festivals to allow them to see their friends, sing some songs, reminisce about University days and maybe even have a glass of wine (or two)! The group travelled extensively when at University and visited festivals in Ireland, Paris and Italy. They recorded two CDs and were featured on a TG4 Christmas music programme. The group were well known for their exciting repertoire and had the opportunity to commission several choral works. During their college lives they visited many Choral Festivals and are very excited to have this opportunity to compete again! Last November the singers travelled to the Sligo Choral Festival and surprised themselves (and everyone else) when winning at the festival – a feat they never achieved while at University!  The joy of choral singing and the friendships made from choral singing have made this group a solid bunch of friends who are as excited to see each other as they are to sing together!

 

 


Competition C:  The Canon Desmond McLoughlin Perpetual Trophy

 

Winner:  Lumina

Lumina

Lumina is a Waterford-based choir made up of past members of the WIT Youth Choir. The choir was established in 2013 when singers of the Youth Choir reunited for a carol service. The name – meaning a flux of light – is actually an anagram of ‘alumni’. Sligo will be their first competition since their inception and they look forward to many more musical adventures ahead. The choir is conducted by Niall Crowley.

 

 

Runner up:  Strabane Chamber Choir

strabane-chamber-choirStrabane Chamber Choir was launched in February 2015, fulfilling a long term desire of its director Gerard Bradley to form an adult choir in the local area. Thus the membership has a catchment area of Strabane and the surrounding areas of Omagh, Derry and Donegal. Many of the members are musicians in their own right with backgrounds in brass, strings and voice. To date the choir has performed in several concerts and in one competition. Their repertoire is varied, ranging from sacred song through to jazz and popular music. Their raison d’etre is to sing for joy!

 


Competition D:  The Cat and the Moon Trophy

Winner:  Park Singers 

Park Singers The Park Singers was founded by Seán Creamer in 1970, taking its name from the Phoenix Park school where it was based in its early days. Many of its members were pupils of Seán Creamer from an early age in the National Children’s Choir and Dublin Secondary School Girls’ Choir, who wished to carry their love of choral singing into adulthood. Órla Gillan took over as conductor in 2009. Órla is a teacher and one of the musical directors of the National Children’s Choir. Since taking charge of the Park Singers, she has led them to success in performances at home and abroad, including winning Best Female Choir at the North Wales Choral Festival in 2010,  Choir of the Festival at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2011 . The choir has also picked up numerous awards at the EBS Feis Ceoil and Navan Choral Festival winning the Female Competition in 2011, 2012, 2013 and the Female and Irish Music Competitions in 2010. The Park Singers performs a wide range of repertoire and has a particular interest in works by contemporary Irish composers.  In 2008 The Park Singers collaborated on the music for an independent Irish film, One Christmas Eve. They also recorded their first CD, Regardez Le Chef, the same year.

 

Runner Up:  Boydell SIngers

Boydell Singers

Boydell Singers

Boydell is an all-female 4-part choir, and has been a part of the Trinity Singers Society since 2003. Boydell sing a range of styles of songs, including Traditional Irish, Classical, Church music, Modern and even some Gospel music. Boydell have performed in a number of locations around Dublin and beyond, including the Trinity Chapel, Christchurch, Keskemet in Hungary, and the Unitarian Church on Steven’s Green. Under the new direction of Aine Gell, this group are headed for many exciting events this year, including the Sligo Choral Festival.


Competition E:  The Joe Harte Memorial Trophy

Winner:  Harmony Federation      

We are a chorus of men from around Ireland who love to sing. We especially enjoy the sound of A Cappella harmony: singing in four parts, without accompaniment. Our style is mostly (but not exclusively) barbershop. And although we sing for fun, we are focused on building a national chorus of international standard.

 

 

 

Runner Up:  Rosemount Male Voice Choir 

Rosemount Male Voice Choir

Rosemount Male Voice Choir

Rosemount Male Voice Choir was formed in 2012 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rosemount Primary School, Derry. They sing regularly at various concerts, weddings and charity events around Derry and Donegal throughout the year. Their repertoire is mostly of a lighter style but they also perform some sacred music too. The choir have been prize-winners in Choral Festivals in Derry, Bangor and Sligo since 2012, winning in Sligo in 2013 and Derry in 2015. The choir’s Musical Director is Raymond Kelly and their accompanist is Raymond’s brother, Maurice. Both were founder members of the acclaimed Codetta Chamber Choir from Derry.

 

 


Competition F:  The Rev. Michael O’Connor Perpetual Trophy for Sacred Music

Winner:  Park Singers 

Park Singers The Park Singers was founded by Seán Creamer in 1970, taking its name from the Phoenix Park school where it was based in its early days. Many of its members were pupils of Seán Creamer from an early age in the National Children’s Choir and Dublin Secondary School Girls’ Choir, who wished to carry their love of choral singing into adulthood. Órla Gillan took over as conductor in 2009. Órla is a teacher and one of the musical directors of the National Children’s Choir. Since taking charge of the Park Singers, she has led them to success in performances at home and abroad, including winning Best Female Choir at the North Wales Choral Festival in 2010,  Choir of the Festival at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2011 . The choir has also picked up numerous awards at the EBS Feis Ceoil and Navan Choral Festival winning the Female Competition in 2011, 2012, 2013 and the Female and Irish Music Competitions in 2010. The Park Singers performs a wide range of repertoire and has a particular interest in works by contemporary Irish composers.  In 2008 The Park Singers collaborated on the music for an independent Irish film, One Christmas Eve. They also recorded their first CD, Regardez Le Chef, the same year.

 

Runner Up:  Lumina

Lumina

Lumina is a Waterford-based choir made up of past members of the WIT Youth Choir. The choir was established in 2013 when singers of the Youth Choir reunited for a carol service. The name – meaning a flux of light – is actually an anagram of ‘alumni’. Sligo will be their first competition since their inception and they look forward to many more musical adventures ahead. The choir is conducted by Niall Crowley.

 

 

 

 


Competition H:  The Doreen Mitchell Shield for Gospel Choirs

Winner:  North Dublin Community Gospel Choir 

North Dublin Community Gospel Choir – established in June 2009. The North Dublin Community Gospel Choir has grown steadily  since its launch, now with over 50 members from all over Dublin. Singing in 4 part harmony, the Gospel Choir was set up to represent the parish in concerts and competitions with the hope of also fundraising for different charities around the country.

Runner Up:  Sligo Gospel Choir

Sligo Gospel Choir

Sligo Gospel Choir

Sligo Gospel Choir is a vibrant, multi-denominational choir led by Musical Director, Richard Mitchell. The choir sings mainly at church, community and charity events in the county. Past highlights have included singing at the Gospel Rising festival; at the Service of Peace and Reconciliation attended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in Drumcliffe; on the Gig Rig at the 2015 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann; and twice on RTÉ television’s Sunday morning service. From traditional spirituals to contemporary classics, the choir’s repertoire captures the joy and hope of gospel music. Sing and clap along!  www.sligogospelchoir.com

 

 


Competition I:  The Sligo Tourist Development Association Trophy for Barbershop Chorus 

Winner:  No Half Measures            

no-half-measuresNO HALF MEASURES is a chorus that is active in all Irish Association of Barbershop Singers activities. A frequent medal winner at IABS events the chorus is hoping to qualify to compete at the European Harmony Association Convention to be held in Bournemouth in 2017. The love of singing harmony is what brings most members back to work hard each week

 

 

 

 

Runner Up:  Tone Cold Sober

              tone-cold-sober

Tone Cold Sober are very active in both competition and concert performances. We have recently recruited nine new members which brings the total membership to over thirty, and new members are always welcome.

 

 

 

 

 


Competition I:  The Alfie’s Barbershop Trophy for Barbershop Quartets 

Winner’:  Note-Orious 4

note-orious4Note-Orious 4 began singing together in April 2011. Based in Sligo, their rehearsals take place in the picturesque seaside resort of Strandhill. They also sing with the female Barbershopchorus ‘No Half Measures’ and the unique combined male and female Barbershop chorus ‘4 Bars Later’. To date they have developed a repertoire of easy listening and entertaining songs in both barbershop and a cappella styles.  Note-Orious 4 had their debut official performance at the 2011 IABS National Convention in Galway where they became the current IABS National Female Quartet Silver Medallists. Having competed at the 2011 Sligo International Choral Festival they were delighted to achieve second place in the BarbershopQuartet competition. As part of the run up to the Choral Festival the girls performed on Margaret Carr-Flynn’s, Ocean Life daily show on Ocean FM.
In April 2012 the girls competed at the Bangor International Choral Festival. They were delighted to achieve second place in the Barbershop Ensembles Class and second place in the Light Entertainment Class. The girls were also awarded with the trophy for Best Visiting Choir 2012.  In May 2012 the girls competed at the 1st Mayo International Choral Festival and won first place in the Barbershop Quartet Competition.  In May 2013 the Quartet competed in the Mayo International Choral Festival and won second place in the BarbershopQuartet Compeition. Their biggest achievement to-date is, in October of this year the girls won gold at the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention in Waterford. They are now the National Female Barbershop Quartet Gold medal holders.

 

 

Runner Up:  Lady Barbalade

Lady Barbalades

Lady Barbalade

Lady Barbalade is an award winning female Barbershop quartet based in Dublin. The quartet is made up of members of the acclaimed Enchiriadis Chamber Choir. The girls, Rebecca Gilbert, Clare Hayes Brady, Hilary Harnett and Evie Wroe, formed Lady Barbalade in 2015, and have won prizes in choral and Barbershop festivals all around Ireland.


Competition L:  The William Butler Yeats Memorial Trophy

Winner:  Omna Singers 

omna-singers

Omna Singers is a small community ensemble which formed from a singing workshop  at Portumna Co Galways 1st annual Shorelines Festival in September 2008 and hasnt stopped singing since. We value cross community arts engagement with drama, poetry, prose & song-writing.Sligo will be our second competitive challenge.


COMPETITION O

 The Tony McConnell Memorial Trophy for Secondary School Choir presented by the McConnell Family

COMPETITION P

The Maura Butler Perpetual Trophy for Secondary School Choirs presented by the Butler Family.

Winner:   Wesley College Senior Choir     

Wesley Senior Choir

Wesley Senior Choir

     

Wesley’s Senior Choir has had a great start to the year with a busy schedule and we look forward to travelling to London in February and performing in the NCH in December. Membership of this choir is by audition and members make a big commitment when joining this group. Last year they earned a Distinction in the RIAM Gold Standard exam and were thrilled to receive High Achievers medals.  Success also came at the Cork International Choral Festival, Navan Choral Festival and the Wesley College Music Festival last year where the choir was awarded 1st place in all three competitions.

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