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Plans are well underway for our new season, which commences on September 1st 2015. We’re hoping to revisit Kenmare Choral Festival where we had a fantastic weekend last year, and also to defend our winning title at Midleton’s Feile an tSamhraidh.

In addition we’ll be hosting our annual Interchoral evening in February, and are organising a table quiz for later this autumn.

We’d be delighted to welcome new members – especially if you are either a tenor or bass. For more information email us at baronychoir@gmail.com, or phone/text our secretary Sue O’Reilly on 086-3269557.

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A New Season!

We’re getting close now to starting our fourth season as Barony Choir and the excitement is building. We have great plans for the year, including competitions and fun interchoral events.

We start back on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:45pm. If you would like to join us, or find out a bit more about us, email baronychoir@gmail.com or call our Secretary Sue O’Reilly on 086 3269557.

Meanwhile, check out this link to our performance in May : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjfPFthshYo

 

 

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Hi there, we’re up and running again, and we’ve loads going on!!

We have a new conductor, Elaine Kelly from Mallow.  Elaine has completed her Masters in Conducting in Cork School of Music, and conducts orchestras in addition to choirs around Cork.

We’re having a fund-raising raffle to raise some much-needed funds, and the draw is taking place on Saturday Oct. 19th in Market Green in Midleton at 3pm.  We’ll be performing a few songs also to entertain the shoppers.

We’re planning an Inter Choral evening for early in the new year. And we’re planning to take part in a CD recording in association with Cope Foundation and Voices of Cork.

From a performance perspective we had a quietish year last year, but this year we’ll be much more active, so watch out!

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We’ve been tipping away over the summer months, putting some plans in place and making preparations for another exciting season for the Barony Choir.

This will be out third season in existence, and we’re delighted with the progress we’ve made to date.  The highlight of last season was singing in the Atrium at the Clarion Hotel in Cork; a ‘fringe’ event of the Cork International Choral Festival.

We’re recruiting new members for the new season at the moment, so of you sing in the shower and want to take it to the next level, why not contact us and join up?? 🙂

We’ll be starting back in early September, we practice on Tuesday Evenings from around 7.45.
So, if you’re thinking of trying something new this Autumn, give Choral Singing a go, and you’ll be delighted you did. Honestly!!

If you’re interested, contact us by email on baronychoir@gmail.com give us your phone number in the email, and we’ll call you back.

 

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The work continues

Well, we’ve broken up for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that everything has stopped!

The committee continues to meet, and several exciting projects are being investigated and progressed:

  • We’re reviewing our practice location
  • We’re working on two fund raising projects
  • We’re planning a trip
  • We’re also working on recruiting some new members, so more about that in the near future.

So while it looks like it’s all quiet, we’re like the swans; all quiet and sedate above the waterline and paddling like bejayzus down below!

Check back soon for more updates.

 

 

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Another year over

Well, our second season came to a close last night with our final practice, and while some members are looking forward to the summer break, I know a few others went home wondering what they’ll do with themselves for the next 13 Tuesday evenings until we resume on September 3rd. 🙂

We had a short rehearsal last evening, followed by a review of the 2012/2013 season.  While we didn’t have as many performances as we had hoped, we are all delighted with the progress we’ve made musically, and our repertoire has grown substantially during the season.  We also looked ahead to 2013/2014 season, and are excited and looking forward to a busy season which will include participating in some competitions which will be another new step for us.

We have one (little) event left to bring our season to a close.  Our Summer Barbecue is on June 7th and we’re all looking forward to that.

Finally, if you want to check out our singing, we’ve posted a couple of videos on Youtube, and you can see them at http://www.youtube.com/user/BaronyChoir

We are on the lookout for new members, so if you want to join a friendly choir that’s going places, contact us on baronychoir@gmail.com

 

 

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Where have we been?

It’s been a while since we posted in the news section of the choir, but here we are, back again and resolute that we will post more regularly.

So, what’s been happening?

Well we’ve been practicing weekly, and our conductor Alan tells us we’re improving!!

We attended an inter-choral evening hosted by the Airport Singers recently in St. Finbarrs GAA club in Togher and we all had a great night out.

We had a ‘little’ seisiún in The Hole in the Wall after Practice on a recent Tuesday night, that was well attended and good craic.

The Cheltenham Foxhunters Trophy made a guest appearance at our Choir Practice recently, a great photo opportunity for our members. 🙂

We’re preparing for another Choral evening in Ballincollig on Friday April 12th, and we’re all looking forward to that.

Our membership is now at about 30 singers, but we’re still short on Tenors and Basses so if you know any male singers looking for a fun choir to sing with, send them our way!!

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We’re on the move!

From Tuesday September 25th, The Barony Choir will will have its rehearsals in the Midleton Park Hotel.  We are very thankful to Tom and Jane Cleere for making our previous home, Water Rock House available to us over the last year.  Mr and Mrs Cleere have been very good to during our first year, and we are very appreciative of this.

So now we have our new conductor Mr. Alan Carney, we have several new members joined us this season swelling our membership to 30, now we have a new ‘home’ and everything is looking very positive for the future.

We’re working on a fund raising event for October, and we’ll have more news about this in the coming days.

We’re still recruiting, we need more Tenors and Basses, so if you know someone who enjoys singing and is looking for an outlet! tell them about us.

That’s all for now.

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Ok, it’s official now. We will have our first rehearsal with our new conductor Mr. Alan Kearney on Tuesday September 4th at 8pm.

We had a meeting with our new conductor Mr. Alan Kearney from Cobh last evening.  Alan is a Music Teacher, and also conducts the Commodore Choir in Cobk.

We have set the wheels in motion for the pieces we’ll work on between September and December and discussed some other interesting ideas that we’ll be working on over the coming weeks.

So it’s all systems go again now, and Season Two here we come……

 

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Well we’re on our summer break, and while some are glad of the break, others are wondering what they’ll do with their Tuesday nights!! 🙂

We had our break-up barbecue in Water Rock House on Friday last, and while it was a great occasion as we celebrated the conclusion of our very first season in existence, it was also tinged with sadness as our conductor Síona Mahon is moving abroad and unfortunately from our perspective we have lost a good friend and a super conductor.

We had a terrific meal prepared by Tom Cleere and his team, and Chairman Niall Coffey gave a brief speech, thanking everyone for their dedication and attendance during the season and also thanking Síona for the time and work she put into helping us to improve.  We presented Síona with a beautiful card handmade by one of our members Patsy, and then Síona gave spoke of her enjoyment in working with us and the enthusiasm shown by all members which is great to hear.

With the formalities out of the way we had a ‘good oul’ singsong, with contributions from all our members (as it shuld be) and tunes from Collette, Ian and Síona.

A great night had by all, and we’re looking forward to a new season with a new conductor starting in September.

 

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