Tullamore choir achieve international success at North Wales Choral Festival

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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The Academy Chamber Choir Tullamore proudly won third place in in the recent North Wales Choral Festival fending off intense competition from England, Scotland and Wales in the birth place of choral music.

The Academy Chamber Choir Tullamore proudly won third place in in the recent North Wales Choral Festival fending off intense competition from England, Scotland and Wales in the birth place of choral music.

Whether you are a choir buff or a choir novice, everyone knows that Wales is the cradle of choral singing. To entertain such a competition is akin to playing rugby with the All Blacks! However this did not faze the much decorated Academy Chamber Choir who began their successful weekend by taking part in a showcase of talent on the Saturday evening when they gave a lively rendition of Riu Riu Chiu followed by the serenity of Suantraí ár Slánaitheora which was beautifully lead by soloist Irene Wallace.

The pinnacle of the weekend’s contest was The Mixed Choir competition on the Sunday which pitched 13 professional and amateur choirs numbering from 10 members to 150 from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales against one another. Undaunted by this level of talent, the Academy Chamber Choir took the task of performing first in their stride and did the composers of El Grillo, O Nata Lux and Rytmus proud. The Judges confirmed that it was a well-chosen repertoire by the choir’s conductor Ciarán Brady and that the bar was indeed set high.

Coming third in this internationally acclaimed choir competition has merely whetted the appetite for this local choir to venture even further afield to share their music. They have already swept the boards of competitions around Ireland including the title of National Choir of the Year in Navan 2012.

The choir will be presenting their annual Carol Service with Moate’s Youth Choir at St. Patricks Church, Moate on 15th December at 6pm. All are welcome! This is a great occasion to hear this local, successful choir perform.

The choir is currently looking to recruit male singers to join - a wonderful opportunity for those who enjoy choral music.

For further information please contact Ciarán Brady at the Academy of Music on 05793-01122 or 086-0678250. Check out the choir’s other successes at www.theacademyofmusic.ie