Membership and Information

Kilkenny AOIC Members

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. 

 

T: Philip Edmondson on (056) 7769524 or text to 086 8230951

E: thekilkennychoir@gmail.com

W:www.kilkennychoir.webs.com

Soulful Spirit

Soulful Spirit choir Kilkenny is a four-part mixed gender choir. Established in 2011 under the directorship of Ms Clare Kilkenny, we are a thriving and energetic choir with a passion for singing and music. Our repertoire varies from different types and genres of music, suitable for all occasions.

To date we have performed at church and civil weddings, corporate award nights, book launches and concerts. Our commitment to organising fundraisers to support local charities is one of our ongoing objectives to date.

New members are greeted with a warm welcome and are well supported in becoming familiar with the choir’s material. Rehearsals take place in O’Loughlin GAA clubhouse on Tuesday evenings from 8.00pm to 9.30pm during the academic year.

T: 086 1639922 (Ann Matthews P.R.O.)

W: www.soulfulspiritchoirkilkenny.com

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!

If your choir does not appear here, contact us at aoic@ul.ie

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