04 Dec 2021

Tullamore choir takes second place in Lyric FM Choir Competition

The Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir, which is under the auspices of The Academy of Music Tullamore, were awarded second place out of over 400 choirs in the RTE Lyric FM’s Choir for Christmas competition.

Their prize winning entries were Away in a Manger and Suantraí ár Slánaitheora.


To hear the choir sing Suantraí ár Slánaitheora click play above.


This is a huge honour for The Academy Chamber Choir and ranks them now among the top choirs in the country.

It was a memorable year for the choir as they are current holders of the ‘National Choir of the Year 2012’ which they won last may at ‘Navan Choral Festival’ after also winning first place in the Sacred and Early music Competitions.

They have had huge success in almost every national choral festival including many awards at ‘Cork International Choral Festival’ where they recently won The ‘John Mannion Memorial Trophy’ as well as the Perpetual Trophy for the Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music. They have also won awards at Sligo Choral Festival and first place at the Plainchant competition at Limerick Choral Festival.

As part of their performances as National Choir of the Year 2012 they have stood in for the Palestrina Choir at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral and were most recently invited to perform in place of St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir at their Mid-Term Eucharistic celebration. They recently worked closely with Colin Mawby in private master classes on his works, performances of which have brought much success to the Choir. This Christmas they will perform their annual Carols for All carol service with Prof. Gerard Gillen on Organ.

Each choral scholar is a student of voice with The Academy and has a different and wide-ranging background in solo, operatic and competitive performance, which enhances the choir’s ability to undertake some of the more challenging choral works and contributes to their fresh and unique sound. The Academy Chamber Choir’s repertoire spans from early to contemporary music.

Director Ciaran Brady has an Honors Master’s degree in Music and vocal performance from N.U.I. Maynooth. Further post-graduate studies brought him to Germany where he trained in Advanced Vocal Technique with Prof. Markus Goritzky at the ‘Hochschule für Musik’ in Freiburg.

Ciaran is Director of the Academy of Music in Tullamore and is also a full time professional Vocal Coach. Ciaran’s Voice training started at the age of 10 as a boy treble and Head Chorister of the famous ‘Palestrina Choir’. Professionally he was a member of the ‘RTE Chamber Choir’ and founder member of ‘The National Chamber Choir’. He also has extensive work as a soloist and recordings and has worked with companies such as ‘National Opera’, ‘Opera Northern Ireland’ and ‘Opera Ireland’.

Ciaran is also a prolific choral conductor and was Director of the ‘Maynooth University Chamber Choir’ and is currently Director and Conductor of ‘Moate Youth Choir’ and the multi-award-winning ‘Academy Chamber Choir’ who are current holders of the title ‘National Choir of the Year 2012’.

If you are an experienced singer living in the midlands and would like to audition to be a member of The Academy Chamber Choir, don’t hesitate in getting in contact with Ciarán at The Academy of Music, Tullamore on 086 0678250.

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