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Mullingar Choral Society

Mullingar Choral Society has become one of the town's longest established cultural institutions. It is a community-based, non-profit-making choir, currently with membership of approximately 60 singers. The society represents a very positive aspect of Mullingar's artistic energy and prides itself on the consistently high standards of performance which it has achieved over the years.

Mullingar Choral Society was founded as a concert choir in 1968. Its first public performance was the Fauré Requiem conducted by Fr. Frank McNamara in 1969. The choir participated in the Voices of the World concert in Dublin and, in 1997, won the Pilib Ó Laoire Trophy at the Cork International Choral Festival.

In 1999, current Musical Director Fergus O’Carroll was appointed and, under his baton, the choir has presented Handel’s Messiah (for its millennium concert in 2000), Fauré’s Requiem along with Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Verdi Classics, Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In 2004, the choir presented the Irish premiere of Otto Ollson’s Requiem and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. In more recent years, the choir has tackled pieces as varied as highlights from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Gondoliers, a selection of Opera classics and choruses, Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Mozart's Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers, excerpts from Wallace's Maritana and, in 2012, Orff's Carmina Burana under the baton of then Principal Guest Conductor, Gavin Maloney.

New ground was broken in 2008 with Durufle’s Requiem and Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, both of which were performed in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, and subsequently in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. A return visit to the National Concert Hall took place in October 2008 when the choir was invited to sing with the Dublin Concert Band to mark the band’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Mullingar Choral Society continues to grow and develop (and have a fantastic time singing) under our Music Director, Fergus O’Carroll, Deputy Music Director, Fintan Farrelly and Principal Guest Conductor, Thomas Kehoe.

Join us!

We are not an auditioned choir, so if you want to come and join, just turn up to any rehearsal and introduce yourself to one of the committee members. You will be most welcome. We rehearse on most Monday evenings and some Wednesday evenings from September to March. Warm-up starts at 7:50pm, and full rehearsals start promptly at 8:00pm. We finish at 10:00pm approximately. The rehearsal venue is St. Mary's Primary School which is located opposite Mullingar Garda Station, College Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

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