What’s been happening?

Apologies, it’s been several weeks since I updated the blog…  We’ve been busy!!

Well, we’re up and running, it’s been a bit of a frenzy of photocopying and disk duplicating, and we’ve moved from the CBS to Water Rock house for our rehearsals which have been excellent, and we’re improving every week.

On the agenda at the moment we have a session coming up on November 12th in Water Rock House,  we’ve had two sessions in Water Rock in the last couple of months, and they were great craic, so we’ll be hoping to have another good one that night.  The Christmas party is finalised, and we’ll be sorting out the numbers and the menu in the next week or so.  We’re on the look out for a location (or two) for our first performances in the run up to Christmas, so if you know of a Christmas concert in East Cork that we could participate in let us know.

We have about 30 members at present,  and we’re on the lookout for a few more males to bolster the ranks of the Tenors and Basses..

That’s the update for the moment, more anon.

Sean

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’re up and running!!

We’re absolutely delighted!!  Our first meeting went swimmingly well.  We had twenty five people in attendance, and with apologies from several members, our target of thirty people to start with is pretty much achieved.

We had a little surprise (well two actually) for our new members.  The first was that we had some wine and soft drinks to greet everyone as they arrived, and as you’d expect this was well received!!

After working through our agenda, we sprung our second surprise; advising all present that they would have to take a voice test to establish what  section of the choir they will in.  This one wasn’t quite as well received as the first, but everyone took the test and now our conductor Carolyn Goodwin has a good idea of where we all slot in to the big picture.

So now we’re all ready for our first rehearsal, on Tuesday September 20th, and I believe that everyone present on the night is looking forward to that and some are even wishing it would start next week.

So, that’s that, and now moving on, it’s time for another session!! so after the success of our recent night in Water Rock House, we’re planning to return there for another night on September 24th.  More details about start times will follow in due course.

Well that’s the update for the moment.  We’ll keep you posted regarding any updates.

 

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September 6th has finally arrived, and all the hard work of  ‘the committee’ will hopefully pay off when the inaugural meeting of the Barony Choir takes place in Midleton this evening.

We’ve reached our target of 30 members to get up and running, and now that we’re ‘a little short’ on males, we’ve started a waiting list for females and are still looking for male singers to join us.

We’re very excited at the prospect of this new choir, we’ll have experienced choir singers and first timers, and we’re hoping that everyone will get something from it, be it the joy of being part of a choir for the first time, or getting back into the swing of things for those returning to choir singing.

We think we have everything organised, but we’re not perfect, so if we’ve forgotten something, we’ll get it sorted as soon as possible, but we believe we have all the main things covered; we have enthusiastic people, we have a good location, we have an excellent conductor, what else do we need??

So here’s to a new beginning… Our aim is to have fun singing and making music, and that’s what we plan to do!!

 

 

 

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Just a week to go now!

With just a week to go, I think we’re all set for our very first official meeting of The Barony Choir.   At the moment, we have twenty six signed-up members, stretching from Cork City in the west to Killeagh in the east, so we’re truly an East Cork choir!!  Initially we set a goal of 20 members and then stretched it to 30, so we’re absolutely delighted with the current number, and who knows, we still have a week!!

We had a planning meeting with Carolyn during the week, and she’s finalising the first pieces for the repertoire.  We’re really excited with the initial selection of  pieces, and we’re sure our members will be too.

The initial meeting on September 6th will be held in the CBS secondary school in Midleton, and practices will also take place there starting on September 20th.  The initial meeting will be a ‘getting to know you’ session, so everyone gets to know everyone.  The social and fun aspect of the choir is vital, so we’re intent that everyone gets to know everyone.  We’ll also discuss our hopes and plans, and might even do a little singing.

Speaking of the social and fun aspect, we had a session in Castlemartyr last night, and we had mighty craic, but we’re hoping that after we get up and running that we’ll encourage more members to join us at the sessions which will be held at various hostelries around East Cork.

That’s it for the moment, we’ll be texting members in the next few days with the start time for the meeting on Tuesday the 6th, and we’re really looking forward to meeting all our members and making new friends through music.

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We’re so excited!

And we just can’t hide it!!

It’s ok, we’re not about to lose control like the song says, but things are really coming together now and it’s all beginning to change from speculation and dream to reality.

We bought the folders for the music for the members just a few days ago, and our certificate of insurance arrived yesterday, so we’re another two steps closer to our initial meeting on September 6th, just under three weeks away now.

At the moment we’re workling with Carolyn our conductor to select some initial pieces the choir can get it’s teeth into, so we can have music ready for members at the first rehearsal session on September 20th.

In the meantime we’re working on the session that’s coming up on Saturday night next, and doing some PR.   We’re hoping to get a mention in the East Cork News this week, and on CRY the community radio station in Youghal and we’ve emailed the Midleton News requesting a mention in their next edition.  We’re still ‘tweeting’ and ‘facebooking’ like mad, and our list of followers is growing all the time.  The Twitter and Facebook links are in the right hand margin if you’re interested, and love to get some more ‘likes’ on our Facebook Page.

So with three days to go we’re inviting anyone in East Cork (or from anywhere else for that matter) who likes to have a bit of craic to come along and enjoy some music, if you play an instrument or sing that’s great or if you just like to listen that’s great too.

And with less than two weeks to go to our initial formal meeting of the choir, we’re still recruiting, so email us with your contact details and we’ll call you back.

That’s it for the moment, check back soon for more updates.

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Are we there yet?

We’re getting there! 🙂

With just four weeks to go to our first official get together, plans are beginning to take shape.

As you know we’ve got our conductor finalised. Carolyn is on board, and ready to meet with all on September 6th.  By the way for anyone who is interested, Fred, the band that Carolyn plays keyboard and sings with are playing in the Grain Store at Ballymaloe on this Friday August 12.  You can book tickets through a link from the LIVE section of Fred the Band’s Website.

This week we’re working on getting insurance for the choir sorted out

We’ve become a member of the Association of Irish Choirs.  We believe that we will derive benefits from this affiliation over the year

We’ve had some difficulties with time clashes with our original choice of practice hall, so we’ve had to change our plans. We’re practically finalised on a very suitable alternative. More in the coming days on this.

Our Second Session is planned, for August 20th and we have tentatively planned several more out to February 2012.  Watch this space.

The Christmas Party date is set, and the venue is booked. (The Chairman says “If you fail to plan you plan to fail!!”)

Now I know we haven’t even met as a group yet, but we’re tentatively working on a first official performance for sometime in November. (The Chairman also says “There’s nothing like a deadline to focus the mind”)

We’re up to 47 followers on Twitter, not bad, aiming for 50 now, after that, who knows?   Twitter is a good place to get all the Barony news snippets and keep up with our “Song of the Day”?

Facebook we’re not so good here.  We badly need some ‘Likes’ on the Barony Facebook Page can you help us out?

And we’ve only one lonely comment on our guestbook so far (loads of spammers though nut they all get deleted automatically. Go on, be a devil, write something!  Tell us what you think of the website…. or anything.  All non-spam comments will be published.  One more comment will be a 100% increase!! 🙂

 

Anyway, it’s all systems go for September 6th.

By the way, we’re still recruiting, so if you’re interested, or know someone in East Cork who is interested, just get an email to us and we’ll take it from there.

 

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We’re nearly there!!

Great News!

We’re delighted to announce that we have secured the services of Ms. Carolyn Goodwin as Conductor and Musical Director of the Barony Choir.

Carolyn is from Cork City, and works full time in the Music Business.  Carolyn teaches music, and plays piano with  well-known and well-respected Cork Band, Fred.  Carolyn also plays Saxophone and sings, with groups such as the Carolyn Goodwin Quintet.

As you can see Carolyn is a very busy lady, and we’re  absolutely delighted she has agreed to join us.

Now that we have completed this critical step of our start-up process, we’re pretty much ready to roll and get things moving from early September, with our first meeting tentativey scheduled for Turesday September 6th.

Check back for more updates over the coming days, and we’ll be tweeting and maybe even some facebooking too.

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