A lovely clip that captures visually the essence of the concert in the beautiful Christchurch, Castlebar, hosted by the Mayo International Choral Festival, featuring the ‘Amazing Popkoor’ from the Netherlands, the Mayo Male Voice Choir and the Rolling Waves from Mayo. Many thanks to Ger Duffy and the team at Studio X.
Hailing from Holten, a village in the north east of the Netherlands, ‘Amazing Popkoor’ will visit Mayo in October upon the invitation of the Mayo International Choral Festival. Their trip will involve a tour of the West of Ireland culminating in a concert in Christchurch, Castlebar, together with the ‘Mayo Male Voice Choir’ and the ‘The Rolling Waves’ on Friday 13th October.
Formed in 1994, this mixed adult choir has 40 members and their repertoire consists of beautiful renditions of many of the all-time favourite pop-songs, in four-part a cappella arrangements. Directed by Marion Mulders the choir performs regularly at choral festivals and events in the Netherlands and in Europe including Finland and Germany.
The ‘Amazing Popkoor’ from the Netherlands will perform together with the Mayo Male Voice Choir and The Rolling Waves at Christchurch, Castlebar, Friday 13th October in association with the Mayo International Choral Festival.
Arís Celebration Choir’s cover of the Disney song ‘Go The Distance’ which was composed by Alan Menken.
Ireland’s Arís Celebration Choir, sing an inspiring repertoire of traditional and modern classics. Under the musical direction of internationally renowned Veronica McCarron, the Arís Celebration Choir is committed to introducing as many people as possible to the beauty, inspiration and joy of brilliantly performed choral music. Veronica ran the MMVC workshop recently, a most enjoyable event that benefited greatly the members that attended.
Inspired by their beautiful home city of Kilkenny, Arís celebrates the joy of living and through their music, contributes to the living legacy that is their birthright.
The 17th Annual General Meeting of the Mayo Male Voice Choir took place last week in the Parish Centre, Castlebar.
After a one minute silence for deceased members the Chairman Jim Tiernan welcomed members and reflected on a very successful year that culminated with three performances in the recent Mayo International Choral Festival. Achieving the runners-up prize in the Male Voice Section of the festival was a fitting conclusion and reward for the effort expended during the year. The secretary Frank Larkin outlined in detail all of the year’s activities while the treasurer Jimmy Murphy presented a healthy balance sheet once again. Continue reading →
Ballina Chamber Choir hosted the Ballina Sings event, part of the Mayo International Choral Festival, at the Ballina Arts Centre on the evening of the 25th May, 2017. The Mayo Male Voice Choir and Swedish group Cantare Chamber Choir were their guests.
Our hosts the Ballina Chamber Choir which was formed in 2011.
On Saturday the 20th of May members of the Mayo Male Voice Choir were treated to a fantastic workshop under the direction and tutelage of Veronica McCarron of Britain’s Got Talent fame. Born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Veronica is a BMus, Dip Mus Ed Graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow and University of Perth, Western Australia. She has been teaching for 43 years during which time she has taught in Scotland, Australia, the United States and most recently at the Presentation Secondary School in Kilkenny, Ireland. She has now retired but still travels from Donegal to tutor the choir. From the moment she arrived at the Presentation Secondary School Kilkenny, her passion and enthusiasm for music captured the imagination of the students. Year after year her choirs have achieved the highest honours in some of the most prestigious competitions. Continue reading →
On Thursday the 1st June, 2017 at 8 pm (20:00 hrs) the Annual General Meeting of Mayo Male Voice Choirs will be held at the Parish Centre, Castlebar, Mayo. (Old St Gerald’s College across from the church, up the steps – not Family Centre)
Springtime in Ballintubber Abbey. Venue, setting and atmosphere chimed on an evening when the historic 800 year old church played host to the Mayo Male Voice choir’s springtime concert. The ancient abbey reverberated to an eclectic, enjoyable and riveting selection of music and song. The evening was enhanced with the presence of tenor extraordinaire Ross Scanlon and the delightful strains of soprano Emma Nash.
Both added a touch of class to the programme and captivated the attendance with superb renditions from, among others, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady and Tosca. Under the baton of Musical Director Deirdre Lee and with accompanist Rebecca Cresham the evening was one of the most successful ever staged by the choir. A special word of thanks is due to Fr. Frankie Fahey of Ballintubber in granting the use of the Abbey for the concert at short notice. The wonderful acoustics enhanced the occasion and patrons favourably remarked afterwards on the sound quality. It would be remiss not to mention the kindness and hospitality of all the volunteers who went out of the way to extend a welcome and provide refreshments afterwards. The choir members also wish to thank all the media outlets for publicising the event.
Some upcoming dates on the calendar are worth remembering.
Two days later on May 27th the choir will strut its stuff in the Male Voice Section of the Choral Festival at 12 noon. On this occasion the choir is on home ground in the GMIT and once more all support would be welcome.
Already plans are afoot for a trip to Wales next February so dull interludes are few and far between with the choir.
The concert was ably compèred by Frank Forde and we played to a full house. We were supported by two superb artists, Ross Scanlon – a strong tenor, and Emma Nash – an amazing soprano of whom Frank Forde, our compère, said “We have heard an angel in the Abbey tonight”. Continue reading →