Kilkenny AOIC Members
Castlecomer Male Voice Choir
Castlecomer Male Voice Choir was formed in 1985 and grew out of the coal mining tradition in the Castlecomer area. The choir aims to give service to the community through participating in and hosting fund raising concerts for local charities. The choir’s repertoire includes sacred, classical, traditional and popular pieces. The choir meets every Monday night in Castlecomer Community School. New members are welcome. Over the years the choir has performed in various locations at home and abroad. In recent years has travelled to Jersey, Wales, Vienna and Prague. In 2008 the choir released a CD containing the most popular and loved songs in their repertoire, dedicated to the memory of its deceased members.
Location: Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
Conductor: Geraldine Murphy
T: 087 2570762 (Christopher Ryan)
The Kilkenny Choir
The Kilkenny Choir, established in 1992, is a mixed voice choir of 70 members founded and conducted by Philip Edmondson, Director of Kilkenny School of Music. The Choir prides itself on the quality and diversity of the music it performs with a repertoire which includes works by Bach, Brahms, Britten, Bruckner, Byrd, Carissimi, Charpentier, Cherubini, Gounod, Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Mozart, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Schütz and Stravinsky. We perform two concerts each year, at Christmas in St John’s Church, Kilkenny and in late Spring with a professional orchestra and soloists, at St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny. The Choir has performed in Belgium, Croatia, France and Italy. Rehearsals are held each Thursday night ( 8pm to 10pm) from September to April at St. Kieran’s College, College Road, Kilkenny. The Choir welcomes new members in September and January. The ability to read music is an advantage but not a prerequisite. A willingness to work hard and the ability to sing in tune are the essential factors.
The Unity Singers
The Unity Singers was founded in Kilkenny in the latter half of 1967, About twenty in all formed the founding membership. It was intended that the choir would be representative of all faiths – hence the name. Early performances included an appearance on the “Late Late Show” and performing in a special concert for the prisoners in Mountjoy Jail – a truly unique and memorable experience. A golden era followed with television appearances, sharing the stage with well known performers in concerts, trips abroad and many prizes in prestigious choral festivals.
Meanwhile, the annual Christmas Carol Service in St. Mary’s Cathedral continued its successful run. Now firmly established as the city’s premier carol service, it regularly attracts full houses and has raised huge sums of money for local causes. On these occasions the Unity Singers are joined by members of St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir and also by guest performers including Tanya Sewell (soprano) and the late Colm Murray (RTE). [This year it takes place on Dec. 21st.]
The esteem in which the choir is held locally is no doubt attributable to the commitment of its members, the quality of their singing and to the leadership and dedication of John O’Neill (musical director) and Joy Bibby (accompanist).
We practice each Thursday night in St. Kieran’s College at 8.00p.m. and are always happy to welcome new members. We are looking forward to and actively planning for our 50th anniversary celebration in 2017!
AOIC is awaiting further information for the following member choirs in Kilkenny:
- Castlecomer Community School
- CBS Boys Primary School Choir
- Inistioge Parish Choir
- Portlaoise Singers
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