Down AOIC Members
Donaghadee Male Voice Choir
Founded in 1932, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir began as a small local chorus performing in churches and other local functions.
From those beginnings 82 years ago the choir has developed and flourished over the years under the baton of a number of talented conductors. The choir’s current conductor is Robert Wilson MBE who has been Musical Director since 1968 - a remarkable 46 years!
Choir membership currently stands at well over 70, and its repertoire embraces both secular and sacred music, and popular, folk, traditional and operatic works. The choir has made numerous recordings.
Donaghadee Male Voice Choir’s reputation extends far beyond these shores. Today it is known internationally, having competed in choral festivals as far afield as Bulgaria, Malta, Greece, Italy and Poland, together with concert tours of Canada and the USA where it performed in the Carnegie Hall and St Patrick’s Cathedral on New York. In October this year the choir heads off to participate in the Cantate Barcelona Choir Festival.
Within these islands the choir has been extremely successful in competition, amassing a total of 46 first places in prestigious music festivals including New Ross, Cork, Navan, Portadown, Belfast, Bangor, Coleraine, Cheltenham, Chester, Whitby, Morecambe and Wharfdale.
In addition it has also competed at the world-famous Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales.
For more information about the choir please visit our website at www.donaghadeechoir.co.uk
Down Cathedral Choir
Down Cathedral Choir is a mixed voice choir leading worship in the cathedral which is the burial place of our patron saint St. Patrick. Our patron is Sir James Galway the internationally renowned flautist. The choir rehearses every Tuesday from 7.30 - 9.30pm. Since its establishment, the choir has been contributing to the musical life of Downpatrick and surrounding areas, regularly performing popular large scale works with other groups. 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.
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