Acclaimed composer gives Moate masterclass

THE Academy Chamber Choir (Tullamore) and Moate Youth Choir will be inaugurating St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Moate’s new church organ at a concert following a Masterclass with Ireland’s leading choral composer – Colin Mawby on Sunday, April 3.

THE Academy Chamber Choir (Tullamore) and Moate Youth Choir will be inaugurating St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Moate’s new church organ at a concert following a Masterclass with Ireland’s leading choral composer – Colin Mawby on Sunday, April 3.

Both choirs have been preparing pieces of choral work by Colin Mawby and will be given the invaluable opportunity to have the internationally renowned composer come to the midland village for a once in a lifetime Masterclass. After the masterclass the people of Moate will be treated to a free performance with leading Irish Organist Shane Brennan.

The Academy Chamber Choir, based in Tullamore, has specialised in performing sacred repertoire in inspiring settings and at competition level throughout the country. To celebrate the festive season they were joined by Moate Youth Choir to stage a magical coral service with the assistance of Professor Gerard Gillen.

Colin Mawby has garnered an international reputation for the spirited and virtuosic manner in which he brings choirs to life with his intricate musical scores. As a conductor, he has worked with the London Mozart Players, the Wren Orchestra, Pro Cantione Antiqua, the Belgian Radio Choir and the BBC Singers. He has been Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, London, Choral Director RTE and artistic director of Ireland’s National Chamber Choir. He has also composed for international acts such as Charlotte Church and the Celtic Tenors.

The Mawby masterclass will be followed by an equally exciting experience for the people of Moate, as the much anticipated organ – a top of the range electric Allen organ (chapel 8), will be making its debut. This concert will be free of charge and will no doubt be very well supported by local people.