KCU and the Gledholt Male Voice Choir in aid of Down Syndrome Kerry

KCU joined by the Gledholt Male Voice Choir, St. John’s Ashe Street, 21 May 2022

Who knew concerts were like buses? You go more than two years without one and then three come along in quick succession. On Saturday, we were delighted to join forces once again with the Gledholt Male Voice Choir from Huddersfield in Yorkshire for what was a really entertaining evening, not least for us! The Gledholt lads are great craic and invited us all back to the Ashe for some post-concert celebrations. The concert was a lively mix too, with some great show tunes (who can forget There is nothing like a dame!) and some quieter more traditional pieces. Once again, Down Syndrome Kerry and St. John’s on Ashe Street were great hosts. All in all, it was a great return to Kerry for the Yorkshire folk after a three year (enforced) break and we were delighted to welcome them back. There are even whispers of Kerry Choral Union heading off on a trip to visit them on their home turf …. more anon.

KCU with the Gledholt Male Voice Choir, St. John’s Ashe Street, 21 May 2022
KCU with the Gledholt Male Voice Choir, St. John’s Ashe Street, 21 May 2022

Back in Black and on the Ramps for Recovery Haven

Kerry Choral Union in concert for Recovery Haven Kerry
Photo credit: Recovery Haven (@recoveryhaven on Facebook)

It was a wonderful feeling being back in black and on the ramps again for our first formal concert in over two years. And what a lovely evening it was in St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee. Recovery Haven events are always very special and this was no different. It was a pleasure to sing for such a lovely audience and worthy cause.

I would also like to give a shout out to our new members for whom this was their first concert. There were some nervous faces beforehand but they were all delighted with themselves afterwards and we were delighted for them. May it be the first of many!

Spring Concert for Recovery Haven

We are so delighted to be joining forces with Recovery Haven once again this year to raise vital funds for the wonderful work that they do for our community. We have really enjoyed learning and rehearsing this programme and look forward to singing it at St Brendan’s Church, Tralee this Sunday, May 8th at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the event are priced at €10 and are currently on sale from Recovery Haven’s Tralee base at 5 Haig’s Terrace. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night.

Spring 2022

All songs are living ghosts. And long for a living voice.

Brendan Kennelly

At Kerry Choral Union we certainly have plenty of living voices and are ready to sing some songs! This Wednesday, February 16, marks our return to singing for 2022 and our first time back in Collis Sandes House since March 2020. We have a lively programme ahead and a concert scheduled for May and it’s starting to feel like we are really rebuilding. Rehearsals start at 7:30 pm. Make sure you have all your music and your water bottles and don’t forget your masks. We still need those! See you there!

Winter Solstice

Today we celebrate the Winter Solstice. Our annual reminder that the darkness doesn’t last forever, the days will get longer, spring is around the corner, things will improve. It’s also a great time to remember that shorter days and dark evenings are a great opportunity to curl up indoors with a book or some music, to light a fire or a few candles and just enjoy the quiet time while we can. There’s probably less chance of that this week, with all the last minute Christmas preparations but still it’s good to be reminded that a light is always brighter in the darkness.

Speaking of which, I have here as promised, some pics and a clip from our recent carol singing event at Ballyseedy Garden Centre, which was a lovely end to our first term back singing together.

Walking In the Air
Not quite a traditional Christmas tree but it’s certainly striking!
A free soprano with your Cottage Garden Plants!
Altos amid the bedding plants
Strike a pose – there’s nothing to it!