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    Exciting Times For Singing In Ireland

    Alan Kelly appointed chairman of the Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC)

    The board of the AOIC has appointed Alan Kelly as Chairperson of the association, taking over from Jimmy O’Byrne.

    The 39 year old, originally from Ardee in County Louth has been involved in choirs for over 25 years and is currently musical director of Millicent Singers, Clane in County Kildare.

    Kelly, who is employed as a communications professional in the sport sector, takes on the role during an exciting time for the organisation.

     

    “Over the past couple of years we have engaged with our members on the future of choral and group singing in Ireland.  A clear vision has emerged and it has been well received in meetings we’ve had around Ireland. As we build for the future, with an emphasis on the development of youth singing, the rebrand to become Sing Ireland will roll out in the coming months and this is what the board and the association will be focused on” he said.

    “We want the singing community in Ireland to work together to showcase how powerful group singing can be. It’s great for dealing with stress, it helps you relax and it takes your mind away from what’s going on elsewhere. We can do this through partnerships and by working with others in the sector to deliver services and programmes around Ireland”.

     

    The AOIC is funded annually by the Arts Council and major projects include the Annual Choral Conducting Summer School and the Irish Youth Choir and Irish Youth Training Choir programmes.

    “We are very appreciative of the support we get from the Arts Council, and we hope that our renewed and uplifting vision for singing in Ireland will be recognised through increased funding for the sector. Singing is part of our culture and heritage and when brought into a group setting becomes a more powerful experience” said Kelly.

     

    Joining the board following her election at the company AGM last month is Caroline Connolly. She is a choral singer who has been involved with a number of choirs in Dublin and her native Dundalk and professionally she works in communications at one of the country’s largest private third level institutions.

     

    Dermot O’Callaghan, CEO of the AOIC, commented: ‘The AOIC is at an exciting moment in its development as it becomes Sing Ireland in the coming months. There is a unity of purpose for the organisation in this move and I warmly welcome Alan Kelly as Chairperson and Caroline Connolly as a new member of the Board. The organisation has worked diligently in the past years to best place the AOIC for this change and I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Board members, staff and stakeholders in achieving this.’

     

    The AOIC Board in full is:

    Alan Kelly - Chairman (appointed 21/02/2015)

    Jane Pilkington (appointed 12/07/2015)

    Raeghnya Zutshi (appointed 22/01/2017)

    Jean Coleman (appointed 23/04/2017)

    Mark Armstrong (appointed 10/12/2017)

    Caroline Connolly (elected 24/09/2018)

    Jim Fitzsimons (appointed 29/04/2018)

     

    Picture: Alan Kelly, incoming chairman of the Association of Irish Choirs.

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