Cork AOIC Members
Barony Choir is a community-based mixed voice choir established in East Cork in September 2011. We draw our members primarily from East Cork, with a small number from Cork city and other parts of the county. We are a mixed bunch, young and not so young, drawn from all walks of life. Our aim is to be serious about our music, but to have fun at the same time. We are a sociable group, and in addition to singing in a formal setting, we equally enjoy getting together in informal settings for the odd session. Our musical directions are; songs from musicals, popular / contemporary and a little gospel. However we are open-minded, and will go where the music takes us.
If you are in the East Cork/West Waterford Area and are interested in joining us, email us with your contact details and we will get in touch.
The Bravehearts Choir
The Bravehearts Choir is open to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, whether they are a cancer patient, survivor or relative or friend of a cancer sufferer. Men and women welcome. Our choir is fun, friendly and informal. No experience needed just a willingness to participate, perform and most importantly to have fun. Our Choir Director is the very talented Catherine Buckley. Catherine teaches music in Colaiste an Chroi Naofa. We are accompanied on piano by the very talented Ciaran Aherne. The Bravehearts choir gives its members the opportunity not only to sing but to socialise in a supportive environment.
Choir Director: Catherine Buckley
Pianist: Ciaran Aherne
Contacts: Janice Murphy (0851859053)
facebook: braveheartsChoir, Cork
Cantabile Vocal Ensemble
Cantabile Vocal Ensemble is a new female choir established in the Cork area in April 2010. The aim of this choir is to enjoy singing to a very high level whilst working in a positive working environment. An ability to read music is not essential, but the singer should be willing to discover music literacy and to practice at home on a regular basis. It is intended that this choir will represent Ireland at International competitions in the near future. A limited number of places exist for this hard working group. Auditions can be arranged by emailing your details to us.
Conductor: Mary O Brien
Cantairí Mhuscraí is a mixed-voice choir, conducted by Mary O’Brien. The choir rehearses every Wednesday in Ballincollig Community School from 7.40 – 9.40pm. The choir draws its repertoire from a wide range of music, classical, Irish and popular pieces. The choir performs regularly at local events and compete also in various competitions around Ireland. The choir has travelled extensively to music festivals throughout Europe including U.K. (4 times), France (3 times), Italy (4 times), Greece (twice), Spain (twice), Austria, and Poland.
It has performed a considerable number of major musical works over the years including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Masses by Dvorak and Rossini, and Requiems by Fauré, Verdi, Brahms, Mozart and Rutter. The choir’s next major project is to perform the Verdi Requiem with other choirs at the opening concert of the Cork International Choral Festival in April 2017, with rehearsals commencing in September 2016.
New members are welcome to join at the start of each term. An ability to sight read is not a requirement.
Location: Ballincollig Community School, Ballincollig, Cork
Conductor: Mary O'Brien E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairperson: Iosoilde Dromey E: email@example.com T: 021 487 6436
CANTATE choir, formed in Monkstown in 2006, is a small and vibrant group of mixed voices. The choir draws it repertoire from a wide range of music, including choral, rock n’ roll, songs from the musicals and contemporary classics. In the past they have performed with the legendary Frank & Walters, and renowned soprano Majella Cullagh. CANTATE performs at local events, for charities, and in various competitions around Ireland. They have been quite successful in their endeavours, having won the Lynch Perpetual trophy in Feis Maitiu three times. CANTATE is looking for new male/female members in all parts. Sight-reading is not essential, but is a distinct advantage, as is previous choir experience. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 8-10pm, in Carrigaline. To arrange an audition or get further information please contact us via email below. We would be happy to hear from you!
Carbery Choral Society
Carbery Choral Society, an SATB choir, was established in 1996 by its present musical director Nancy Long. There are circa thirty members. Rehearsals are weekly in the hall adjacent to St Fachtna's Cathedral Rosscarbery. Secular repertoire covers all areas: modern, traditional, folk, jazz, and Negro Sprituals. Sacred music is performed regularly in the local churches. The choir has two to three concerts per year and raises money for worthy causes. Most of the time it's very enjoyable and generally very good fun. New members always welcome.
Location: Rosscarbery, Co. Cork
Conductor: Nancy Long
Carrigaline Choral Group
In August 2009 there was a new dawning in Carrigaline when The Carrigaline Choral Group was formed. Since that date the Choral Group have gone from strength to strength. In their first year they performed the World Premier of Karl Jenkins “Gloria” at the Royal Albert Hall London. They have also travelled to New York to represent Carrigaline Cork & Ireland by walking in the St Patrick Day Parade and singing at a Mass on St Patricks Day. In October 2015 the choir travels to Bochum Germany to sing in the Foyer of The Starlight Express Theatre before attending the show which is being directed by their former Musical Director Colm O’Regan. They have been winners at the Arklow Choral Festival, AIMS Choral Festival New Ross and awarded 2nd place two years running in the Cork International Choral Festival. They have done Workshops with Michael McGLynn and members of Anuna and Chanticleer the World famous Male Vocal Ensemble from San Francisco in February 2014. They have also undergone a weekend learning in the Alexander Technique. The Carrigaline Choral Group are synonymous with Fota House and the Christmas Carols by Candlelight Concerts there. The concerts are now an annual event when the choir sing to a capacity audience. The Choral Group have hosted choirs from USA and Europe. In the past year’s they have played host to the Farnham Youth Choir from Surrey England and the Christophorus-Kantorei from Altensteig Germany.
2016 is a busy year for the choir. March 20th saw the choir host the Hilliard-Darby Choir from Ohio at Fota House. Festival participation in Cork and AIMS New Ross. The choir joined the Tennessee Tech Choir on Wednesday May 11th for a Concert in St Finn Barres Cathedral Cork.
Don’t be shy give choral singing a try. Add your voice to The Carrigaline Choral Group
This year the choir are under the Choral Directorship of Aonghus Joyce.
Conductor: Aonghus Joyce
The Carrigaline Singers was originally a ladies choir formed by Frank Garvey in 1969. The choir rehearsed weekly in the Old Church of Ireland School, which is now the premises of the permanent tsb bank.
In 1972 the choir became a mixed voice choir and became very successful winning many competitions in the Cork International Choral Festival and won the prestigious Oireachtas competition in Dublin. From 1978 to 1982 under the baton of musical director Mary Shorten the choir won Feis Maitiú and the Wild Geese Festival in Kinsale in 1982.
Under the directorship of Donal O’Callaghan (1983 – 1985) the group travelled to Guidel in Brittany in 1985 as part of the twinning process between Carrigaline and Guidel.
The choir today:
The Carrigaline Singers are delighted to have Alan Carney as their Musical Director. Alan is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork and, having played instruments and been a member of choirs from an early age, he went on to study Music and Education in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He has performed and conducted at festivals and events around Ireland and Europe. As well as choral and concert work, Alan is an accomplished pianist, organist and singer.
Currently, he is resident organist at the Honan Chapel, UCC. In his spare time, he plays and sings with Cork band "Cookie And The Vaudevilles" and has been known to make an appearance on the theatrical stage from time to time also!
Caz Jeffreys - Community Choir Leadership
Community Musician and Choir Leader Caz Jeffreys has been developing the following training days and workshops suitable for those wishing to develop their skills in leading singing groups and choirs but who perhaps have limited or no music reading skills or background in music education. Days are designed for groups and individuals:
‘Introduction to Leading Groups in Song’
Whether you are a teacher, group leader, care worker or simply a singing enthusiast, this day will equip you with some basic skills to leading groups in song.
‘Working with Harmonies and Arranging Songs for Voices’
An exploration into bringing voices together to create the sound you want and how to identify and arrange songs for un-accompanied singing.
‘Creative Song-writing for Vocal groups’
Creating our own vocal sound and piece of work is rewarding and exciting. Explore different styles and approaches to creating vocal pieces and discover more about how it works.
“Caz’s energetic and relaxed approach to her work creates a supportive and enjoyable environment in which to learn and explore. She is a Community Musician with extensive experience in leading community choirs and holds an MA in Community Music. Sessions can be designed to suit your group and activity and participants are not required to have any music reading skills or background in formal music education to work with her.”
City of Cork Male Voice Choir
The City of Cork Male Voice Choir is an amateur TTBB choir founded in May 1968. The choir is renowned for its versatility and dedication to good music and fun. We currently have 45 members ranging from two founder members to youngsters in their early to mid-twenties.
The choirs musical history includes many competitive successes in local and international competitions. Appearances include Middlesbrough, Teeside and the International Eisteddfod at Llangallen, North Wales. We have also appeared on stage in Londons Royal Albert Hall with other leading choirs in A Night of a Thousand Voices. The choir has also been successful in competition having won the male voice section in the Cork International Choral Festival in 2009 and 2010.
As ambassadors for Cork and Ireland, the choir has travelled far afield. The farthest we have gone is New York in 2004. We have also sung in Prague, Budapest, and Barcelona.
Conductor: Frank Buckley
Contact: Mick Croghan
Cór Cois Abhann Corcaigh
Cór Cois Abhann Corcaigh is a fun-loving mixed-voice community choir of approximately 50 members. Formed in 1990, we love to sing and have a broad repertoire of music ranging from classical through to popular music and also traditional carols at Christmas time. We are generally considered a friendly bunch and organise social events and choral trips for our members. We typically perform in concerts, festivals, fundraising events and the very occasional competition under the Direction of Ian Sexton. We rehearse every Tuesday in The Lough Community Hall Greenmount, Cork City https://sites.google.com/site/corcoisabhann/directions New members are very welcome to join at the start of the each term (September and January). No previous experience required and no audition is necessary. For more information please call us, email us or like our page on Facebook. We hope to sing with you soon!
Cór Geal is a mixed adult choir of some 48 members, established in 2009 by its conductor Betty Fitzgerald (B. Mus), in Whitechurch County Cork. Our choir aims to provide a social and fun outlet for the musical talents of the community and surrounding areas. We perform a varied repertoire, reflecting the many tastes of the choir; such as sacred, gospel, and popular music. We love to sing! We perform in lots of settings including festivals, competitions, local fundraising events, our annual carol service and our major concert every second year. Auditions and a warm welcome await new members.
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Location: Whitechurch Church
Time: Wednesday night 7.30 to 9.30
Conductor: Betty Fitzgerald
T: 086 8843748
Cor Mhagh Ealla
Cor Mhagh Ealla is a secular 4-part choir of approximately 47 members, established in September 2001 on the initiative of a member of Arts Alliance Mallow. Since then the choir has been building its repertoire and sings a mixture of music to suit all tastes - from Irish traditional and early sacred music to Billy Joel, from Spirituals to Swing! Cor Mhagh Ealla participaties regularly in choral festivals and competitions at home and abroad including Cork International Choral Festival, Limerick Festival of Church Music, Feis Maitiu, Midleton Choral Festival and A.I.M.S. Festival, New Ross, and has received critical acclaim and has been placed in several competitions. While members take the business of singing very seriously they are equally determined to enjoy themselves. The choir has a warm and friendly atmosphere and its social agenda is very important.
Location: Mallow, Co. Cork
Conductor: Mark Slade
Accompanist: Madelene O Connor
Cork Chamber Choir
Cork Chamber Choir is a project oriented a capella choir, founded in 2005, and now conducted by Tom Crowley. In the past couple of years we have workshopped and performed a full suite of new music with Ian Wilson (Teampaill Fuaime), and had new pieces written for us by other renowned composers Solfa Carlile, Sam Barker and Ben Hanlon.
The group is a mixed choir comprising up to 25 voices. The repertoire is varied including modern, traditional and established pieces. The choir has given performances abroad in October 2014 in St Mark’s Church, Zagreb, Croatia and all over Cork City and county, including the Honan Chapel UCC; The Crawford Art Gallery; Cork Courthouse; Triskel Christchurch; Blackrock Castle Observatory; St. Peter’s Church, Bandon; St. Anne’s Church, Shandon; St. Luke’s Church; Fota House; Civic Trust House; The Spiegeltent and St. Fachtna’s Church, Rosscarbery.
Rehearsals are held generally fortnightly on Sunday mornings in Cork City. Our forthcoming project, commencing in August 2016 is to perform a concert of songs in November. The programme will include pieces by Lauridsen, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Tchaikovsky and Pärt, as well as Earley and McGlynn.
Members of Cork Chamber Choir are expected to have a level of musicianship consistent with learning music outside rehearsals and performing to a high standard. Admission is by audition which will be arranged to suit the applicant's availability.
If you would be interested in joining this dynamic ensemble in its new development phase we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Chairman Patrick Fitzpatrick by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 086 836 8581.
Location: Cork City, Cork
Conductor: Tom Crowley
Contact: Pat Fitzpatrick
Cork East Male Voice Choir
Formed in 2008, this choir has gone from strength to strength, with a total of 26 members working under Musical Director Chris Hennessey. The choir could be described as a regional choir with members from Cork City and throughout the East Cork Region. Rehersals are on Monday evening's at 8.15 at the Library in St.Colman's Community College, Old Youghal Rd, Midleton. The choir recently preformed with Fr Liam Lawton in concert at the Most Holy Rosary Church Midleton.
Cork East Male Voice Choir are expanding and looking for new members.
Musical Director: Christopher Hennessy
T: 087 6464115
Cork ROKK Choir
Cork Rokk Choir is a mixed choir, directed by Diane ward. We rehearse every Monday in the Blackrock Hurling Club, Cork city from 7pm - 8.30pm. The Rokk Choir enjoys singing a range of pop and rock songs from the 60s to the present day.
We welcome new members and membership is open to male and female singers, aged 20+.
Location: Blackrock Hurling Club
Day & Time: Mondays, 7pm - 8.30pm
Conductor: Deirdre Moriarty
T: Eileen O'Keeffe, 087 6369696
Crosshaven Singers is a mixed voice choir based in Crosshaven Co. Cork for the last 26 years. The choir rehearses every Wednesday night from 7:45 to 9:45pm over the Oar Bar in Crosshaven. This community based choir has a very varied repertoire and enjoys singing in all of its guises from Christmas carols to the Cork International Choral Festival. New members are welcome to join at any time.
Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Conductor: Joanne Walsh
T: 086 8575691 (John Doran)
CSM Cappela Lyrica
Cappella Lyrica is an equal-voice choir whose membership is comprised of students of the BMus programme at the CIT Cork School of Music under the directorship of Maria Judge. Its repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. Cappella Lyrica sang in public for the first time in early 2011 participating in the first performance in Cork of Britten’s St Nicholas Cantata. The choir have establised a relationship with new music in the commissioning of composer, David Wallace, a former graduate and Composer-in-Residence to the CIT Cork School of Music, to write a work for Equal Voice Choir and two Horns. The work entitled Impressions of Light to text by Walt Whitman was performed for the first time in January 2013. In January 2014, Cappella Lyrica gave the first performance of Five New Love Songs for Seraphim by C.S.L. Parker with Harpist, Aisling Ennis and in 2015, the first performance of Lux Aeterna by Richard Rudkins, who is currently undertaking an MA in Composition Programme at the CSM and was awarded the PM Group Fellowship in Composition (2014-16). In December 2015, the choir performed Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with Harpist, Claire O Donnell. Cappella Lyrica’s programmes also regularly feature the compositions of established Irish composers and those works in the Irish language.
In competitive performances at the Cork International Choral Festival, the choir were awarded 1st Prize in the Premier National Competition in 2012 and in 2013 and 2014, 1st prize in the Female-Voice competition, as well as the Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire in 2013 for performance of a work in the Irish Language, and most recently, 1st prize in the Sacred Music competition and the Dr Patrick Mc Cormack trophy for the most outstanding a cappella performance at the 2016 Limerick Church Music Festival
Conductor: Maria Judge
T: 021 4807310
Location: CIT Cork School of Music
CSM Fleischmann Choir
CSM Fleischmann Choir is a large, mixed-voice choir which specialises in singing large-scale works for choir and orchestra. In recent years it has performed Beethoven’s Mass in C, Berlioz’s Grande messe des morts [Requiem] (in both Wales and Ireland) and Te Deum, Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem & Nänie, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Angel Climent’s Missa solemne & Motet: Caro mea, Dvorák’s Mass (in both Germany and Ireland), Fauré’s Requiem, Fleischmann’s Clare’s Dragoons & Song of the Provinces, Grieg’s Incidental Music for Peer Gynt, Handel’s Messiah, Zadok the Priest & Chandos Anthem No.1, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belle, The Seasons & The Creation, Hummel’s Alma virgo, Bryan Kelly’s Africa, Mathias’s Ave Rex, Mozart’s Requiem & Coronation Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Hodie, Verdi’s Missa da Requiem (in both Germany and Ireland) and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus & Gloria. In 2008-2009 season the choir gave the first complete performances in Cork of Haydn’s The Seasons with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a team of internationally-renowned soloists. Membership is open to enthusiastic and committed choral singers; auditions are held if the number of applications exceeds the number of vacancies for any given section. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings 7.30 - 10.00pm.
Conductor: Conor Palliser
T: 021 4807310
Location: CIT Cork School of Music
CSM Junior Childrens’ Chorus
This 50-strong choir is comprised of boys and girls aged 7 to 11 years. It performs at least twice yearly and presents repertoire from the Children’s Choral Literature, many from the pens of Irish composers such a Brian Boydell, John Buckley, Sue Furlong and Havelock Nelson. Highlights of the choirs experience in recent years, was a recording of a CD and three performances of a specially commissioned Mass for Peace, a performance for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese on the occasion of her official visit to the School in 2008, in 2011 participation in the CSM performance of Ralph Vaughan William’s Hodie. In 2012 the children participated in the first performance in Cork of Arthur Honegger’s Christmas Cantata. In March 2011, the CSM Junior Choir hosted a visit and shared a concert with the Capitol City Children’s Chorus from South Dakota and in 2012, facilitated workshops given for choral conductors in the CSM by Dr Brent Gault, Indiana University. Auditions are held regularly and all applications are welcome
Conductor: Maria Judge
T: 021 4807310
Location: CIT Cork School of Music
CSM Senior Childrens’ Chorus
Aged 11-early teens, the Senior Chorus follows from the Junior Chorus but also welcomes new members. The Choir perform twice yearly and regularly combines with the Youth Choir to compete with great success in National Choral Competitions. The choir embraces a wide range of music styles, giving children a thorough foundation in the basics of a healthy and free use of the voice as well as an introduction to 2-part singing. Auditions are held regularly and all applications are welcome
Conductor: James Taylor
T: 021 4807310
Location: CIT Cork School of Music
CSM Youth Choir
This vibrant and enthusiastic choir range in age from mid to late teens. Most have had some experience in choral singing and all are interested in public performance, both choral and solo. The choir performs repertory ranging from medieval to contemporary choral literature, a cappella and accompanied. At the 2013 and 2014 Cork International Choral Festivals, the combined Senior Childrens’ Chorus and Youth Choirs were awarded 1st prize in the National Youth Choir Competition in both years and in 2012, the Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire for performance of a part-song in Irish, Teilifís by Maria Judge. Applications are always welcome.
Conductor: Maria Judge
T: 021 4807310
Location: CIT Cork School of Music
Douglas Harmonia Singers
Douglas Harmonia Singers is a mixed-voice choir in existence for over 25 years. The choir currently has circa 28 members and sings a mixed repertoire including modern, traditional, folk and sacred pieces. The choir performs on a number of occasions each year in concerts, for charity, at masses and in competition. Most recently in 2010 Douglas Harmonia Singers won second prize at Feis Maitiú and at the Féile na tSamhraidh, Midleton. The choir practices every Monday night from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Ardfallan Centre, Douglas. New members are always welcome. Look for Douglas Harmonia Singers on facebook to stay up to date with recent activities.
Location: Douglas, Co. Cork
Conductor: Fergal O'Connor
Tel: Catherine Millard (087) 1870137
East Cork Choral Society
East Cork Choral Society is a mixed voice choir, established in 1979, which specialises in singing 2 oratorios a year, always with professional soloists and orchestra. Members come from Cork City and the East Cork area to Midleton every Thursday in term time 8 – 10.00p.m. New members are always welcome, there are no auditions, and line tapes are used to help the learning process. The conductor, Colin Nicholls, has been with the choir since 1981 and he ensures that the practices are fun and the concerts of the highest standard.
Location: Midleton, Co. Cork
Conductor: Colin Nicholls
T: 021 7432850
The choir is based in Bandon but draws members from many parts of Cork. At present our membership stands at over thirty-five.
Our repertoire is varied and includes Classical, Religious, Popular and Traditional music. We perform regularly at many concerts, fundraisers and cultural events in the West Cork area.
In February 2014, we were awarded first place in two competitions in Feis Maitiu - the Wm Egan Perpetual Cup for Sacred Music and the Lynch Perpetual Cup for Adult Choirs. In the latter competition we received maximum points from the Adjudicator.
At the 2013 Kenmare Choral Festival, the choir was placed second in both of its competitions - Sacred Music and Light Entertainment.
Further success was enjoyed at the 2014 Kenmare Choral Festival. The choir came joint first in the Sacred Music competition and joint third in the Light Entertainment competition.
In 2012 the choir had a very successful trip to Vienna and there are plans for another trip abroad in 2016.
There is a strong social element to the choir and a very friendly atmosphere prevails. New members are always welcome.
Antoinette Baker has been Musical Director of the Choir since 2006.
Antoinette graduated from Trinity College Dublin in Music and Irish, and received an MA in Organ Performance from St Patrick's College Maynooth. Antoinette also holds several diplomas in piano and organ including a Fellowship of Trinity College London.
At present she teaches piano with the Cork County School of Music at Clonakilty and Bandon centres.
The SATB Killeagh Choir which also comprises CANTORUM, (ladies) is based in Killeagh Co. Cork. Formed since 1994, it has featured on RTE Television in 2002 and 2006 and features on Festival Highlights CD of 2005. It has won all the major titles at Feis Maitiu over the past six years. 1st prize-winners at Cork Choral Festival and AIMS in 2005 and 2007, and in 2008 were 1st prize winners at Limerick Church Music Festival. The Ladies won the National Premier Competition for female choirs at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2008.
Conductor: Mary Pedder Daly
Loreto Secondary School Choir, Fermoy
Music and choral singing play a very important part in the life of Loreto Secondary School Fermoy and contributes to the social, emotional and spiritual development of each student.
The choir was formed in 1992 and is currently under the direction of Tim Fouhy, Deirdre Foley and Sr. Nuala Reidy.
It aims to give girls from 14 to 18 years of age the experience of singing at the highest standard. Each student spends typically five years in the choir. Auditions are held annually and the majority of new entrants come from 2nd year after a year of vocal preparation in the 1st year choir. The repertoire is broadly based to give a musical education that supports and extends the girls individual musicianship.
The choir has won many awards both in Ireland and abroad.
In 2011 they won the Association of Irish Choirs Trophy in the National Competition for Schools at the Cork International Choral Festival. They got to the final at the Titanic Centre in Belfast of the All Island School Choir Competition in 2012 and they competed in the regional final of the same competition in 2013. The choir also won the Turner Huggard Cup for Post Primary School Choirs at Feis Ceoil in Dublin in 2013.
Many past and current pupils are members of the Irish Youth Choir and Irish Youth Training Choir.
The choir are taking part this November 2014 in the North Wales Choral Festival in Llandudno.
Madrigal ‘75 is a vocal ensemble based in Cork City and its repertoire ranges from early music to modern, both sacred and secular. Founded in 1975 by university students, the choir now comprises a diverse combination of singers from all walks of life. Madrigal ’75 has developed a reputation as a vocal ensemble of great skill and beauty, performing repertoire from as early as the 14th century right through to contemporary choral works including first performances of new commissions.
The group has performed in various locations across Ireland and also internationally: in the UK (including St. Paul’s Cathedral, London), France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. In 2005 Madrigal ’75 was a prominent participant in the Cork European Capital of Culture events and toured France as cultural ambassadors for the city. Madrigal ’75 has twice won the Carols for Christmas competition on Lyric FM, Ireland’s national arts and culture radio station. Other successes include Best Choir at the Montreux Festival, several Best Performances and First Prize awards at successive Cork International Choral Festivals, and the Irish Choir of the Year award.
The choir has performed with several of Ireland’s leading ensembles, including the Vanbrugh String Quartet and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. It has also been a frequent guest performer at festivals such as the Cork International Choral Festival, the East Cork Early Music Festival, and the new Forte Festival.
Madrigal ’75 regularly enjoys capacity houses at its concerts in the CIT Cork School of Music, where it has just been appointed artist-in-residence. For further information contact: email@example.com
Myross Choir was established as a community choir, in January 2012. Our members meet weekly to train, exercise and condition our voices. We sing, harmonize, and have fun while we energize and entertain our choir, as well as our audiences. Join us as we bring contemporary, folk, golden oldies, pop-opera and sacred music to your ears and hopefully your hearts. Ability to read music is not essential, just a love of singing!
For further information, status and activities contact
Director: Pamela Marshall, mobile: 086 125 2004, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Note Perfect from Ballincollig was formed in 2001 under the musical direction of Rose Griffin and performs a repertoire of light jazz and pop numbers including well-known popular standards from the 40’s and 50’s together with pop songs from the 60’s and 70’s and sometimes later. The group also has a large church music repertoire, performing at many weddings in the Cork area. It has performed at various musical events in Ireland and also travelled abroad to the Verona festival in 2005, Vienna Advent Festival in 2006, Nice Festival in 2008, Calella near Barcelona in 2012, Riva del Garda in 2013 and the Costa Brava Music Festival in May 2016.
Rehearsals take place each Thursday at Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, 7.45 - 9.30pm. New members are very welcome. While sight reading ability is helpful (but not necessary), harmonising, holding a tune and blending into the overall sound are the most important ingredients for this group.
Conductor: Ger Goodwin E: email@example.com T: 021 4871210 or 086 2998239
The Orpheus Choir is an adult mixed voice choir with forty-five members. It was founded in 2005 by its Musical Director, Hilary Reynolds, and it performs secular choral music of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Choir practices are held on Mondays, 8pm - 10pm from September to April. Since its foundation, the choir has performed around Co. Cork and also in Waterford, notably, in 2007, in the North Cork Classical Music Festival and, in 2008, as guests in a concert given by Mary Hegarty at St Colman's School, Fermoy. Hilary Reynolds received her musical training at the Royal Academy of Music in London and, as well as conducting, works as a professional singer and vocal coach. A few high tenors would be most welcome at any time!
Conductor: Hilary Reynolds
PfizerPfonics was established in September 2003 under Musical Director Bernadette Kiely. A mixed-voice choir of 50 members, the choir originally comprised mainly staff members of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Ireland, but now has a wide membership from diverse backgrounds. The atmosphere within the choir is friendly and the social aspect is considered to be very important..
The choir has won many awards at Festivals including Limerick, both Sacred and Mixed Voice competitions at Feis Maitiú Cork and twice winners of the trophy for Contemporary music at the Cork International Choral Festival. The most recent successes were First Places in the National Open Competition at Cork International Choral festival in 2014 and 2016.The choir travels abroad every 2 years and has attended Festivals in Rome, Vienna, Nice and the Royal Albert Hall, London. PfizerPfonics was selected to appear on the RTE An Cór programme in 2011. The choir's repertoire covers a wide range, including sacred music, traditional and modern classical pieces, folk music, choruses from musicals and jazz. The choir is primarily recruiting tenors and basses for 2016/17.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00p.m.
Location: Douglas, Cork
Conductor: Bernadette Kiely
T: 087 287 9423
The Dundanion Singers
The Dundanion Singers is a Ladies choir based in Blackrock. The choir was formed in 1996. We rehearse on Wednesday nights in the Ursuline Secondary School, Blackrock. The choir regularly performs in concerts and Masses around Ireland. We have also performed in concerts in Edinburgh and Vienna and have performed live in R.T.E.’s Sunday Mass.
We have had two Christmas concerts with the Junior Cork Youth Orchestra in Blackrock church in recent years to huge acclaim. All profits went to the local charities, the Lavanagh Centre and Cork Simon Community.
New members of all ages are welcome. Our repertoire includes music by Bach, Schubert, the Everley Brothers and songs from stage musicals. While we maintain a high standard of singing, the main aim of the Dundanion Singers is to enjoy their singing and to bring enjoyment to others through their songs. If you would like to be part of the musical fun, please contact our conductor Terry McCarthy (087 34 888 54)
The Lee Singers
The Lee Singers formally the Cork Airport Singers were founded in 1986. They participate regularly in concerts, religious and fundraising events and also partake in Choral Festivals and competitions. The group have a wide ranging repertoire which includes pieces from the Negro Spiritual, Classical, Religious, Traditional, Pop,and Light Operatic genres.
They have performed in France, Austria, Spain and Wales and over the last few years have produced a number of CDs. Their last CD produced for Christmas 2011 We Wish You Christmas is a best seller and very popular. Local Charities are beneficiaries of their fund raising efforts.
Currently the choir has a membership of 53 and meet on Thursday evenings in the Lough Community Centre on Pouladuff Rd in Cork. Limited vacancies exist at the moment for female voices.
Ann Healy Mayes has been the conductor since the groups formation and the choirs accompanist is Ann Mannix, both are graduates of U.C.C. and Cork School of Music.
Conductor: Ann Healy Mayes
Contact: Mick Healy 087 2255775
The Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir
The Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir is a mixed voice choir, set up by the Munster Rugby Supporters Club in March 2008. Anita Mahon is the musical director and members are from all counties of Munster. The choir's first performance was at the official opening of Thomond Park this November for the Munster v New Zealand game. Since then, the choir have sung at several other matches and corporate events. The repertoire includes all the rugby classics and a variety of modern, doo wop and gospel songs. Members of the Supporters Club are invited to join the choir in August.
Conductor: Anita Mahon
The Polyphonics are a male harmony choir specialising in the barbershop style of choral singing. They are Ireland’s longest established barbershop chorus having being formed in 1980 and have been a member of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (I.A.B.S.) ever since it was inaugurated in 1988. The Polyphonics are the current Irish Male Barbershop Chorus Champions having won the crown for the 12th time in Waterford last year. They also won the 2012 National Light, Jazz and Popular Music Competition in the Cork International Choral Festival, their second time winning the competition.
They primarily provide entertainment for weddings and events and regularly perform in concerts and fundraisers for other choirs. In recent years they have performed at The Maritime Festival in Dublin and Sproai Festival Waterford. They have also performed in the Cork Opera House, the Everyman Palace Theatre Cork ,The Helix in Dublin and Cork City Hall. They are regular performers at the St Patrick’s Weekend Festival Cork and The Lord Mayor’s Picnic, Cork and have appeared on T.V. (RTE and TG4) and performed on Cork’s 96FM (local radio).
UCC Choral Society
UCC Choral Society is a mixed voice choir (SATB) of UCC students of all disciplines, ranging from music to medicine. One of the oldest societies in UCC, the choir rehearses every Tuesday in the Geography Building from 7.00-9.00pm. The main events of the year are the annual Christmas concert "Carols by Candlelight" which runs for 3 nights each year and is always a great success, the Spring concert in the second term and the international trip during the Easter break. There are also a multitude of other events that the society conduct, including charitable performances, caroling on campus, sing-along cinemas and much much more. We sing everything from Mozart to Cee Lo Green, so there is something to suit everyone's musical tastes. New members are welcome at all stages throughout the year whether you are a musical prodigy or you just like to sing in the shower, so come along and join one of the most fun societies in UCC.
Location: University College Cork
Conductor: Michaela Maher
Voci Nuove is a young mixed-voice chamber choir based in Cork, formed in 2011. In Spring 2013 they completed their first series of concerts in Cork, Ennis, and Galway entitled ‘Pitches be Crazy’. They began competing, winning several categories at Cork's Feis Maitiu, and placing second in the Sacred and Chamber choir categories at the Cork International Choral Festival as well and winning the John Mannion Trophy. In October 2013 they were awarded first prize in both the International category and National Sacred Music category City of Derry's Inaugural International Choral Festival.
In November 2013, the choir traveled to Vienna for their first choral exchange, hosted by Amerlingchor. The group has worked closely with The King's Singers and San Francisco-based choir Chanticleer. They appeared on RTÉ's The Today Show, where they performed for Valentine’s Day 2014 celebrations.
In Spring-Summer 2014, they performed their concert series 'Cardboard Pocket Rag’. At the Cork International Choral Festival this same year they received the Lady Dorothy Mayer Memorial Trophy Special Award for the performance of a piece in the International Competition, as well as receiving an award for their performance of ‘Molaimis’ in Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition.
The group welcomes contact from other groups and enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with them.
Location: Cork City
Musical Director: Lynsey Callaghan
West Cork Choral Singers
West Cork Choral Singers is a mixed voice choir directed by experienced conductor Diana Llewellyn. The choir rehearses every Monday evening in Church Cross Skibbereen from 8.00 to 10.00. Since its establishment, the choir has been contributing to the musical life of West Cork and surrounding areas, regularly performing popular large scale works. The choir has travelled extensively including Sweden, Denmark, Wales, The Czech Republic. The choir's repertoire also includes a wide range of music by Irish composers. New members are welcome to join at the start of the each term. An ability to sight read is not a requirement but is an advantage.
Conductor: Diana Llewellyn
The World As One Multicultural Choir
The World As One Multicultural Choir was formed in 2008. The choir has performed at many community events over the last few years in Cork City and County. The highlight to date was a performance for President Mary McAleese in Cork City Hall as part of the Unity in Diversity program. The Choir provides its members with great enjoyment and a real sense of achievement. Their vocal skills have developed to a high standard over the years, and are a testament to the hard work and commitment of all members. Global cultures represented include Spain, Poland, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Lithuania and Ireland. The repertoire of the World As One Multicultural Choir is upbeat, modern and joyful and their performances are always uplifting, a tonic for the community.
Location - Cork City
Contact - Ann Bracken 087-238-5527 / Michael O'Sullivan 087-828-8644
AOIC is awaiting further information for the following member choirs in Cork:
- Árd Scoil na nDéise
- Ballincollig Youth Choir
- CADA Performing Arts
- Cahirmee Singers Choral Group
- Coláiste na Toirbhirte
- Coláiste Treasa
- Commodore Male Voice Choir
- Cór Choláiste/Gaelcholáiste Choilm
- Duhallow Choral Society
- Dundanion Choral Group
- Java Ladies Harmony Chorus
- Loreto School Choirs Fermoy
- Melrose Music MM
- Presentation Secondary School Choir
- Scéal Eile
- St Mary's Secondary School Choir
- St John's National School Carrigaline
- St Luke’s NS Choir
- UCC Staff Choir
- Voices of Cork
- Wilcollane Singers
- Youghal Choral Society
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