Ancór was founded in Limerick by its Musical Director Cecilia Madden in 2005. The choir consists of singers from many backgrounds and nationalities whom all enjoy singing together. Over the years, Ancór has won several prizes at the Limerick, Cork and New Ross Choral Festivals and have travelled abroad to perform in France, Italy and most recently Slovenia in July 2017. They have sung at the Limerick Jazz Festival performing with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and also with the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra as well as the UL Orchestra and Limerick City Big Band. Ancór also regularly participates in charitable concerts as well as performing for weddings and corporate events. Their Christmas concert at St Mary’s Cathedral has become an annual treat for Limerick fans of choral music and is sold out every year. They have recently launched their first CD called “Sing Joyfully” in celebration of their ten year anniversary. They have since enjoyed lots of airplay on local and national radio stations in the last few months! This is their first visit to the Sligo Choral Festival, and they are looking forward to participating in the events today. You can find out more about their plans on our website or their facebook page!
Balla Secondary School Choir
Balla Secondary School Choir is a mixed choir and involves students from first year to leaving cert. Balla Secondary School Choir has enjoyed past successes at Kiltimagh Choral Festival and are looking forward to their inaugural performance in Sligo. The students in Balla have enjoyed many musical productions, and the choir performs in liturgical and community events throughout the year. Please give a warm welcome to Balla Secondary School Choir.
Barony Choir was established in Midleton, Co Cork in 2011, and sum themselves up as being ‘a fun choir that takes its music seriously’. In 2014 they moved into choral competitions, and in May 2015 won the Mixed Choir competition at Midleton’s Feile an tSamhraidh. Their focus is mostly contemporary songs, but they are open to trying more classical pieces.
Barony’s conductor Anne Ralph holds a BMus and MA degree from CIT Cork School of Music and also spent two years at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Hungary. She teaches at the Cork School of Music and privately, and has a busy freelance schedule as an accompanist.
Ballinteer Male Voice Choir (BMVC)
The Ballinteer Male Voice Choir was formed as a Community Choir in 1994 by a group of enthusiastic singers from the Ballinteer area of South Dublin. Since it’s establishment, the choir has grown steadily and now has a membership of 41. It has been the choir’s good fortune to have had the services of highly talented musical directors under whose guidance we have been able to perform to a very high standard in choral competitions, festivals and a wide range of other events. Our current musical director Tom Kehoe joined us in 2016, and our accompanist is Graham Walsh. We have a wide-ranging and entertaining repertoire including classical, popular, musicals, ballads, sacred music and of course Christmas carols.In May 2017 we hosted the very successful 4th Ballinteer International Male Voice Festival which included choirs from Italy, France and Wales. Our Gala Concert, which was a sellout, was enjoyed by an audience of 750We aim to deliver a memorable performance and to leave our audience wishing for more. We frequently performed at home and abroad and welcome the hosting of touring choirs from overseas countries. Above all, we just love to sing and entertain as “Brothers in Harmony”.
Belle Voci is a Ladies Choir based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. From its early origins of singing gospel songs, the choir has now expanded its repertoire and horizons, and last November made its international debut at the Prague International Choral Festival. It also competes regularly at the AIMS Choral Festival (second place in Female Voice category, 2017) and this year is entering the Sligo International Choral Festival for the first time. The Belles give two concerts locally every year, one in aid of a local charity. The Choir’s Musical Director is Eamon O’Malley, himself a talented musician.
Boydell Singers is an all-female 4-part choir and has been a part of the Trinity singers society since 2003. It is comprised of Trinity College students and is led this year by Emily Cox. Boydell sing a range of styles of songs, including traditional Irish, Classical, church music, modern and even some Gospel music. Boydell has performed in a number of locations around Dublin and beyond, including the Trinity Chapel, Christchurch and the Unitarian Church in St Stephen’s Green
The CampusChor was founded by Christina Schwarzmann and Josefine Weiser under the honorary management of Frank Müller at University of applied science Kempten in 2013. Since then the choir has grown to a steady size of 40 – 50 singers from all different faculties as well as employees of the university are members of the choir. The CampusChor performs at several official university events but also on own projects or even at the Advent concert of the “Bayrischer Rundfunk” in December 2016, which was broadcasted on television. The CampusChor sings many different styles of music, such as pop songs, hymns or movie and game soundtracks.
Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath
Cantairi Óga Átha Cliath is a female voice choir based in Rathmines. The choir was founded in 1960 by Proinsias O’Ceallaigh. The choir has enjoyed huge success over the years, under the baton of the late Brian O’Dubhghaill, winning awards in many competitions in Ireland and abroad. Bernie Sherlock became musical director of the Senior Choir in 2015. Since then the Senior choir have been prize winners at Cork Choral Festival, Navan Choral Festival and Feis Ceoil. They also won first prize in RTE Lyric FM’s Choirs for Christmas for their performance of the commissioned piece “Child Within” by Elaine Agnew. We aim to continue the great musical tradition that the choir is so well known for.
Carmelite Abbey Choir, Loughrea
The Carmelite Abbey Choir is currently under the direction of Anne Mannion. It celebrated twenty-five years of liturgical singing in 2014. The main purpose of the choir is to sing at Sunday Evening Mass in the Carmelite Abbey, Loughrea, and for all major feast days of the Liturgical Year. In particular, the choir specialises in singing Gregorian Chant. In 2008, it produced the plainchant CD entitled ‘In Jubilatione’. The choir travels regularly and participates in various choral festivals. In 2016, it received first place in the Limerick Choral Festival.
Castlebar Gospel Choir
Castlebar Gospel Choir was formed in 1999 and is directed by Kathy Fahey. They rehearse once weekly and sing at the parish mass on the last Saturday of each month. They have travelled to Germany and USA to perform, and among their home turf venues are Royal Theatre Castlebar and the National Concert Hall. As well as spiritual music, CGC also like to sing other genres and delivered a wonderful show of Disney Classics in 2015. They are four-times winners of the Gospel Competition in Mayo International Choral Festival and were awarded first place in the ‘Make Me Smile’ competition at Kiltimagh Choral Festival in 2015.
Cill Aodáin Choral Society
Founded in 1998, The Cill Aodáin Choral Society has grown in members and experience. A community-based choir with fifty singers from Kiltimagh and surrounds, the society meet weekly to share their love of music. Under the musical direction of Finóla Higgins, the choir has explored a wide variety of musical genres, won awards in several choral competitions around Ireland and performed with many well-known Irish artists in concert and on national television. The Choir, together with their accompanist Ausra Kvietkute and musical director Finola performed in the EU building in Brussels in 2013.
In 2016 they took part in the National Choral Project and sang in Collins Barracks on Easter Sunday as part of the 1916 commemorations. They, as part of a massed choir, recorded “One Hundred Years a Nation” with David Brophy and the National Symphony Orchestra. In April 2017 the choir travelled to Croatia to participate in the 7th International Festival of Choirs and Orchestras, in the Istria Peninsula.
Coláiste Cholmcille School Choir
The Coláiste Cholmcille School Choir hail from Ballyshannon, County Donegal. The choir was formed only recently to develop in our pupils a knowledge and love of the choral repertoire. Places are offered to any pupil with a basic singing ability who is willing to work hard. During the year, the choir sings at many important events at the school, as well as at various gatherings in the local community.
Coolaney Gospel Choir
Coolaney Gospel Choir was set up in May of 2016. The first meeting was just three individuals in a sitting room, which grew to over 20 in a short number of weeks. We meet every Monday of the calendar year in our local church for one hour to practice what we’ve already learned and to explore new songs and arrangements. This choir has brought people from our small rural village together, united in singing for the love if it and for the endorphins, it releases every time. The group is a mixture of all ages from every corner of Coolaney, and some further afield. Our choir is directed by Eileen McDevitt, an established musician with a keen ear for arrangements of every song imaginable. We still consider ourselves newbies in the choir circle but hope the enthusiasm that’s brought every week by each member drives us to be around for a very long time to come.
Cor Lae Nua
Cór Lae Nua is a female voice chamber choir based in Cork city under the musical direction of Mr Nicholas McMurry. The choir was born in August 2016 when a group of friends came together to experience the challenges and pleasures of singing in a small choir.
The choir’s inaugural performance took place in October 2016 at the Sacred Heart Church in Cork, where they sang at the memorial service for infants and pregnancy loss. In February 2017 they were highly commended in the chamber choir competition at Feis Maitiú in Cork. They followed this up in March with second place in the sacred music competition at the Limerick Choral Festival. In May the choir rounded up a wonderful first year with second place in the chamber music competition at the AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross.
Cór na hAbhann
Cór na hAbhann are a newly formed mixed voice choir from Arklow. They gave their debut performance at the New Ross Choral Festival. Choral singing has been an important part of the history of Arklow. The members of this choir have been involved in choral singing and musical theatre in Arklow. They are delighted to be a part of the Sligo Choral Festival this year.
Decibelles – Galway Teachers Choir
Galway Teachers choir are one of Galway’s newest choir having been set up in January 2017 for the ChoirFactor competition held in Galway City in March, so it really is a chorus from scratch! The group are made up of teachers involved in the fields of primary, secondary and further education. The group rehearse on Tuesday evenings in NUI Galway. The music choice of the group is on the lighter spectrum for now, and the group is looking forward to some male members joining in future! This will only be the Galway Teachers Choir second public performance so please give up as much support as possible for this new group! The group are directed by Dr Peter Mannion.
Fingal Gospel Choir
The Fingal Gospel Choir are a community choir based in North County Dublin. Since its inception in March 2012, the Fingal Gospel Choir has rapidly expanded from a small group of friends to massive 45+ voices bursting with energy and life. The FGC has been very present within their community by organizing numerous fundraisers for charity and singing at a monthly mass in Edenmore and Kilbarrack. They recently had a very successful concert at the Axis Theatre in Ballymun for their 5th Year Anniversary and performed with special guests to a sold-out audience. The Sligo International Choral Festival 2013 was the Choir’s first ever competition. Against all the odds, they were awarded First Place in the Canon Desmond McLaughlin SATB Competition. Following this, the Fingal Gospel Choir took part in the Navan Choral Festival and were awarded Second Place in the Mixed Voices competition. And in November 2014 the FGC returned to Sligo International Choral Festival to defend the title and finished in 2nd place. They also competed in both the 2015 and 2016 Cork Choral festivals and finished in third place both years. The choir are delighted to be back in Sligo this year.Winning such prestigious awards left David and the choir in a state of shock, delight, and excitement, as it proved that anything is possible. The FGC are all about community spirit, enjoying the moment, cooperation and teamwork, in order to spread joy and life through music for the people, by the people.
Gracenotes was established in 1999 and comes from the west of Ireland. Based in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, the group is comprised of over thirty singers drawn from the locality and surrounding counties of Galway, Roscommon and Sligo. This female-voice choir performs a varied repertoire mostly a capella, ranging from early music to contemporary pieces, and which includes a selection of spirituals and folk music to add a lighter touch! The choir has won numerous awards at festivals in Cork, Derry, Mayo, Limerick, Navan and Sligo takes parts in concerts for various charities. The group regularly travels abroad and has performed at festivals and concerts in Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain and Poland. Most recently, the choir enjoyed a wonderful tour to the south of France, performing at concerts in Nice and Grasse to appreciative audiences.
Grange Post-Primary School Choir
Grange Post Primary School is an ETB school in north Sligo. There are just over 200 students in the school. The Choir are a dedicated bunch of singers from 1st to 6th year. They rehearse every Thursday after school. The choir have an exciting programme this year including performing with the Celtic `tenors in Lissadell church in Dec and travelling to an Bord Gais to see the musical Matilda. They are delighted to be part of this year’s choral festival hope you enjoy their performance.
Harmony Federation has its origin at IABS Convention October 2011 when some members of the existing men’s choruses in Ireland – SeaSharps (Portmarnock, Dublin), Tone Cold Sober (Sligo) and The Polyphonics (Cork) – were inspired by the performances of international mens’ choruses, most notably The Cambridge Chord Company. A dream started to take shape…. “Ireland is a small country…. why not create Ireland’s National Men’s Barbershop Chorus drawing together the best of what we already had, and grow from there!” The aspiration grew also from IABS itself. Liz Nolan, then IABS chair, was very supportive of getting ‘more men singing’ — recognising that there were just more women on the risers all the time than men! Liz offered to do all she could to support us and spread the word. Our current active membership of 41 includes 11 of the original 32 – Colm O’Rourke, Joe Hughes, Gerry Farrell, Frank Quinn, Pat Noonan, Micheál Mac Giolla Rí, Sean Martin, Brian Smith, John McHugh, Chris Trotter, and Brian Woods. This year so far we have well and truly set a new standard. Up to now, our doors were open to anyone who had a mind to join, but such is the standard of those who have lasted the pace that we now have an audition for newcomers (not too daunting though!). The craic is still mighty, but the singing is mighty too. We’re more and more feeling the benefit of singing well just for the pure enjoyment. Long may it last!
Formed following their participation in the Sligo Sings! initiative promoted and developed by theHawkswell Theatre in 2015; Hearts Desire, Sligo County Council’s staff choir have delighted in the joys of choral singing. Under the direction of Dave Flynn, the choir were guest participants in the Sligo Sings 2016 performance at the Hawkswell theatre and were guest singers at the 2016Commemeration Ceremony at Sligo City Hall to honour members of the defence forces. Their first foray into the Choral Festival scene was, naturally, at the Sligo International Choral Festival last year.While initially this was a giant leap in terms of the choir’s experiance, it proved to be so enjoyable, that it has only gone to spur the choir onto festivals further a field. Hearts Desire are delighted to be participating in the Sligo festival again this year and look forward to a wonderful festival.
Holy Child Killiney Choir
Holy Child Killiney Choir welcomes pupils from 1st to 6th Year. The Choir in HCK is a weekly extra-curricular commitment. Every year they sing at school Liturgies, Assemblies and Choral Festivals across the country. Most recently, the HCK Choir came 2nd in the ‘National Youth Choir of the Year Competition’ at the Navan Choral Festival. This Christmas their school, Holy Child Killiney, celebrates their 70th Anniversary with a concert held at the RDS Arena, Dublin at which the Choir will perform and headline the event in front of 1,000 people.
Inver Ladies Choir
The Inver Ladies Choir are a 3/4 part choir based in Arklow Co. Wicklow. In January 2017 the choir came under the directorship of Anthony Norton. It has been a new and exciting journey with the choir starting off the new year with the Arklow Music Festival winning the Patsy Greene Cup. In May the Ladies competed in the AIMS festival in New Ross and also took part in a Festival of Choirs concert in Gorey Co. Wexford. The Inver Ladies are looking forward to more exciting things to come.
Manus McGuire and Emily Flack.
( Irish traditional Fiddle Music and Song with Ottawa valley dance)
Manus McGuire from Sligo in the north west of Ireland, but living here in East Clare for over thirty years now, comes from a strong musical family and from a region that is rich in the Irish fiddle music tradition having exported the likes of Michael Coleman and James Morrison to America in the early 1900’s.
He won various awards for fiddle music at national level before foraging a burgeoning international career performing with the groups, “Buttons and Bows”, “Moving Cloud”and “Brock McGuire Band” each of which he co-founded. Twelve CD recordings followed, gaining various ” instrumental band of the year” awards and at a personal level Manus was awarded “male traditional musician of the year” in the U.S. by the Irish American News magazine in Chicago.
Emily Flack from Dorchester, Ontario, likewise comes from a family steeped in the music tradition, this time the music of Cape Breton/Ontario and Ireland. Her mother is Denise Leahy of the famed “Leahy” family from Lakefield, Ontario, who are a true powerhouse in the world of Canadian folk music. She is a champion step dancer, pianist and singer/ song writer at the highest level and currently is undertaking an MA in “Traditional Irish Song” at the university of Limerick, Ireland. Emily has performed at festivals and venues across North America and has also been a guest artist with Leahy and Natalie McMaster. Nowadays she is concentrating on writing her own music and songs and is currently recording a new album as follow up to her EP ” Feels like Me”.
McGuire and Flack are just returned from the Goderich Celtic Roots festival in Ontario, Canada and are scheduled for upcoming performances in the Shetland Islands and in Scotland and NE England in October.
Merlin Miscellany – Merlin Hospital Choir
Formed in June 2017 this brand new choir are very excited to attend the Sligo Choral Festival. As a new group, they are looking forward to hearing and watching the other choirs to further their own ideas of what a choir is. As part of the Saolta Group Arts programme, this workplace choir aims to bring an artistic and cultural aspect to the workplace for anyone who wishes to partake. This will be the debut performance of the group and are very much appreciative of the Sligo Choral Festival addition of a Workplace category this year. The group are directed by Dr Peter Mannion.
No Half Measures
Singing in the barbershop style since 2001, No Half Measures is a vibrant group of women who really enjoy what they do. Based in Sligo and releasing weekly in the Riverside Hotel they are always happy to welcome new singers who are interested in a challenging style of choral music. The chorus has achieved numerous awards, most recently at the Mayo International Choral Festival in May 2017 where they won the Barbershop Chorus Contest and came 2nd in the Overall “Choir of the Festival” Contest.
Note-Orious 4 are based in Sligo and the original line-up began singing together in 2011. Niamh recently joined the group in May this year. All four of us met in the female Barbershop chorus ‘No Half Measures’ and in the unique combined male and female Barbershop chorus ‘4 Bars Later’, which both rehearse in the beautiful picturesque seaside village of Strandhill, just outside Sligo. Our ever developing repertoire includes easy listening and popular songs in both the Barbershop and A-cappella styles.
As well as achieving gold medals in the National Female Quartet at the Barbershop Convention in 2012, we won first place in the Barbershop Quartet competition at the Mayo International Choral Festival, followed by first place in the 2013 Sligo International Choral Competition.
We can be heard singing at various festivals and charity events in Sligo and surrounding counties. For more information check us out on http://www.facebook.com/NoteOrious4 or contact Berna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NUI Galway Staff Choir
The NUI Galway Staff Choir is a workplace choir consisting of approximately 30 administrative, academic and research staff members from across the university campus and is led by Michel Durham.
The choir was originally formed in 2013 to participate in a local charity “Choir Factor” fundraiser. The group had such fun in the process they decided to keep singing together and went on to win “Choir Factor” in 2014.
Since then the choir has participated in Choral Festivals in Castlebar, Kiltimagh, Limerick and Sligo and performed in Galway Cathedral, Glenstal Abbey, St. Nicholas’s Collegiate Church and with NUI Galway undergraduate choirs, the Alumni Choir and the Bel Canto Singers. The choir also performs at various university events.
Oatlands College Senior Choir
The Oatlands College Senior Choir is a group of 5th and 6th year students, later also to be joined by 4th years in the new year, who enjoy the art and hobby of choral singing. This year’s choir was filled following auditions at the beginning of the year, but with most of our members being in the choir for a year or more.
We enjoy singing a wide variety of music from a myriad of different repertoires. Over the years, we have performed pieces such as “There is Faint Music”, “Ceann Dubh Dilis”, and “Vive la Compagnie” amongst several others at choral competitions and festivals around the country; most notably Navan Choral Festival and Sligo Choral Festival. We also often perform in non-competitive environments throughout the year, such as in our Christmas Concert, School Christmas Fair, and 6th year Graduation night.
We generally rehearse twice a week: on Tuesday at lunch break, and Friday after school. Although, we are certainly never averse to the idea of coming in for rehearsals over school holidays to improve our quality, as well as taking the time to socialise together.
We hope you enjoy our performances today.
Presentation Senior Choir
The choir of the Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny, has achieved enormous success over the years and have delighted audiences both nationally and internationally. They have sung for the President of Ireland at Aras an Uachtarain and have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall by acclaimed composer Karl Jenkins, composer of Adiemus. Winners of the RTE Lyric ‘Choirs for Christmas’ competition on three separate occasions, the Presentation School Choir has also won first place in the Cork International Choral Festival and won overall top choir in Feis Ceoil. They’re delighted to be a part of the Sligo International Choral Festival and looking forward to the experience of performing and hearing all the other choirs.
Sacred Heart School Choir
The S.H.S. Choir comprises of both junior and senior students. The choir under the direction of Regina McCarthy has won many accolades at festivals throughout Ireland, such as the Cork International Choral Festival, the Sligo International Choral Festival, Feis Ceoil in Dublin, Feis Maitiu in Cork, Wesley Music Festival, Arklow Music Festival and many more. We are an extra curricular choir who rehearse before the school day begins. The choir perform a broad range of repertour from sacred to secular and participate in many community events in their locality.
Sandford Park School Chamber Choir
Sandford Park School became coeducational in 2013, and in 2015 it formed its first SATB Chamber Choir under the baton of Ms Dani Fox. Since its inaugural year, the Chamber Choir has enjoyed a busy performance schedule from recitals and concerts to community projects. April 2017 was certainly a highlight for the Chamber Choir performing in venues and schools across Boston as part of Sandford Park School’s International Choral Tour. From Irish language repertoire to King’s Singers favourites, the Chamber Choir undoubtedly has an eclectic taste in repertoire and loves the challenge of exploring repertoire spanning eras, cultures and languages.
Sandford Park School Senior Boys’ Choir
This choir has been in existence for over 20 years and in this time has enjoyed success in a variety of competitions here in Sligo, in Feis Ceoil and in the All-Island Choir Competition. The Boys are seasoned performers and have enjoyed tours to Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Calgary and Stockholm. The choir have also appeared as guests of Little Green Cars on ‘The Late Late Show’, as guests of the Dublin County Choir in the National Concert Hall and at the closing ceremony of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 2013. They also performed Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with mezzo-soprano Alison Browner in 2014. Rehearsals are after school on Tuesdays and the choir sing a wide range of three and four-part repertoire spanning eras and cultures.
Scoil Mhuire Choir, Trim
Founded in 2008, Scoil Mhuire Choir enjoys experimenting with a broad range of musical styles, from Burt Bacharach to The Beatles, and from the Sixteenth century to Twentieth-century contemporary Irish composers. On the competition circuit, the choir has won many trophies, including the trophy for the IRISH FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS & ASSOCIATED PROFESSIONS TROPHY (Cork international Choral Competition 2013), numerous first prizes at the 2014 and 2015 Feis Ceoil, and won first prize in its category at Navan Choral Festival 2015. The choir has also featured regularly in the RTE All Island Schools Competition.
Sligo Gospel Choir
Formed in 2010, Sligo Gospel Choir is a vibrant community choir under the direction of Richard Mitchell, singing at acts of worship and special events in the county.They have performed on the mainstage at Gospel Rising and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, and appeared on RTÉ television’s ‘Service on Sunday’ last Christmas Day. In January, they sang at ‘Spirit of Sligo’ in the Knocknarea Arena, marking the town’s year as European Volunteering Capital. Practices have a welcoming, informal atmosphere, often with 50+ attending. In performance, the choir aims to convey the joy and inspiration of gospel music. Sing and clap along!
Sligo University Hospital Choir
Formed initially in 2015 to take part in the first Sligo Sings project at the Hawkswell Theatre, SUH Choir have performed at events within the hospital, and in the 2016 Sligo Sings event, but this will be their first competition entry.
Strabane Chamber Choir
Strabane Chamber Choir was launched in February 2015, fulfilling a desire of its director Gerard Bradley to form an SATB choir in the local area. The membership has a catchment of Strabane, Omagh, Derry and Donegal. Many members are musicians in their own right with backgrounds in brass, strings and voice. The choir has performed in concerts and in choral festivals in Derry and Sligo, where they were runners-up in the Popular/jazz/Light section in Nov 2016. Their most recent venture was performing Faure Requiem in May 2017. Their main ‘raison d’etre’ is to sing for joy!
The Testostertones are the NUIG male voice a cappella chamber group. Originally formed to give the male singers in the NUIG choirs an opportunity to improve their singing abilities by singing in a small ensemble, the group focuses on lighter music but will also include a more substantial choral work once a term. Since then the group have won categories at Sligo and finished runners-up at the Cork Choral Festival twice in the past two years and also won the RTE Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas competition in the best Choral Society category singing a barbershop version of Mariah Carey! The group are made up of Staff, Students and Alumni and are directed by Dr Peter Mannion.
The Curraghgower Singers
The Curraghgower Singers, A Company of Voices, are a Secular Choir that sing and perform songs and choral pieces containing Inspirational words from all over the world.‘Choral music is a very important part of our spiritual and cultural life. It’s not a reaction. It’s the spirit and commitment’. The Curraghgower Singers come from both Limerick City & County, under the Direction of their Choir Master & Artistic Director Timothy Schinnick, and have been together now for 6 years.Their first performance was in July 2012, were they were invited to sing at The National Day of Commemoration Ceremony in Limerick City Hall. After this performance, they were invited to Krakow, by the Teachers Chamber Choir of Poland and toured there the following year in July 2012.The Curraghgower Singers believe in The Power of Group Singing, socialising and performing: Members are from all walks of life, different backgrounds, and various degrees of choral experience and voice training. They come together once a week because they have a keen interest and love of singing.
The Razor Sharps
As part of Sligo’s Tone Cold Sober Barbershop Chorus, we’re well used to performing in competitions. But this is our first entry in Sligo Choral Festival since forming The Razor Sharps Quartet in late 2016. Don’t know how it all will go, but we (Mark O’Hara/Tenor, Trevor Sweetman/Lead, Barry Mulligan/Bass and John Whitehead/Baritone) certainly intend to enjoy ourselves! To date, we have entertained audiences in and about our home county of Sligo, including a memorable performance in the historic Sligo Abbey as part of National Heritage Week.
The Sandbars are from Sligo, and this is their second year competing in Sligo Choral Festival. They love to entertain in the barbershop and acapella styles and are current IABS Convention bronze medallists. The Sandbars wish the Sligo Choral Festival well in this year’s festival. They are Martin Donoghue – Tenor, Michael Goodman – Bass, Gerry Farrell – Lead and Sean Martin – Baritone.
Tone Cold Sober
Tone Cold Sober, all the way from Strandhill, are a Barbershop chorus founded 15 years ago. They sing at concerts and events locally and take part in competitions nationally. They are thrilled to be participating in their local Choral Festival and are delighted to be back under the direction of Ailbhe Hayes for the occasion.
Trinity Singers is a mixed voice choir from Trinity College Dublin made up of students and led by Nicole Cooney. It was founded in 1948 and is the largest choir in the Trinity College Singers society. We have performed a wide range of genres including classical, gospel, and traditional Irish pieces. Trinity Singers competed in the Sligo Choral Fest in 2014 and 2015, both times performing in the Grand Prix and, in 2014, won both their section and the Grand Prix. We look forward to performing at the Sligo Choral Fest again!
Formed in September 2014, UCC Singers is the competitive choir linked with UCC Choral Society. The choir consists of 31 members and is reformed every October for the new college year. Most recently, UCC Singers were winners of the mixed voice category in the City of Derry International Choral Festival 2016 and placed second in the popular, jazz and light entertainment competition in the Cork International Choral Festival 2017. The aim of the choir is to represent the university at a local and national level and spread the joy of choral singing throughout UCC and the wider community.
Vocal Point are a four-piece jazz acapella group based in Dublin. Established in January 2013 with the aim of entertaining others and challenging themselves, their members are Paul Glennon (Bass), Colm Fewer (Tenor), Gwen Moore (Alto) and Noelle Morrissey (Soprano), Vocal Point have performed their own gigs as well as at various weddings and events. With a penchant for interesting and sometimes quirky arrangements, Vocal Point hopes to entertain you with warm jazz harmonies and a dash of fun. For more info go to www.vocalpoint.ie
Wesley College Senior Choir
The Wesley College Senior Choir is a mixed voice choir with members from 4th to 6th year. This is a busy term for the choir who have been performing both in school and in Dublin’s National Concert Hall as well as preparing for upcoming competitions. They travel abroad every year and are looking forward to a trip to Italy, following previous tours to Paris, Bath and London. The Senior Choir performs at lots of different functions in the College, as well as the Feis Ceoil, Cork International Choral Festivals and our own Inter-schools Music Festival.
Wicklow Male Voice Choir
Wicklow Male Voice Choir was founded in 1998. Our repertoire is drawn from a wide range including popular, classical, Irish and spirituals. The choir attempts to compete in a competition every year. We perform charity concerts regularly and perform our main concert in Wicklow town each year in early December. We have performed joint concerts with visiting choirs from the USA and Canada and have travelled to, and performed in, France, Poland and Germany. Our musical director is Mr. Tony Norton
Vocal Point are a four-piece jazz acapella group based in Dublin. Established in January 2013 with the aim of entertaining others and challenging themselves, their members are Paul Glennon (Bass), Colm Fewer (Tenor), Gwen Moore (Alto) and Rachel Thomas (Soprano), Vocal Point have performed their own gigs as well as at various weddings and events. With a penchant for interesting and sometimes quirky arrangements, Vocal Point hope to entertain you with warm jazz harmonies and a dash of fun. For more info go to www.vocalpoint.ie