Admissions Closed!

It’s time to close admissions to the choir for this term. With five rehearsals already under our belts, it would be too much of an ask for new members to be in any way prepared for the upcoming concerts in April. Please if you had a notion to join us this year, come to one of the concerts (details to appear here shortly), see what we’re about and then you can join us in September for the Christmas program. You will be very welcome!

So how was your first rehearsal?

We started back to rehearsals last Wednesday and it all went very well, or at least that’s what it felt like to me! But to all the new members who maybe felt a little overwhelmed, I want to remind you that we all felt that on our first night. Looking at the reams of music to learn, the strange harmonies, the really high notes, you would be forgiven for thinking that there’s no way you can learn it all, no way that it can ever come together. But you can and it does! No one expects you to learn every piece in your first term, some will take a while, some will come really quickly. I always say to focus on your favourites because above all else, singing in a choir is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. So don’t stress if there are bits you’re unsure of, the rest of the choir will carry you until you are ready to carry them! And when Sharon says put your music away, she’s not talking to you!

Meanwhile here’s a link to some videos from our Christmas concert. Let me tell you, there are some pieces in there we were all unsure about when we started them, but it all came good in the end!

Back to Rehearsals

By all these lovely tokens,
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson

September has arrived and it has decided to be a summer month this year. And while we will enjoy every ounce of sunshine that we get, we will still be singing Christmas songs come Wednesday night! Why? Because Kerry Choral Union are back to rehearsals at Collis Sandes House at 7:30 pm. Members, you know the drill, bring the music that you have, your water and a pencil. New members, you are always welcome! Come along fifteen minutes early and we will sort you out. Sharon will get you to sing a few scales to figure out what line you’re in and we’ll take it from there. There’s no obligation to join on the first night, you can give it a few weeks to see how you like it. Come for the music, stay for the craic!

See you all on Wednesday!

September – A month of new beginnings

September is upon us, and there’s a whiff of autumn in the air. It’s a great month in fairness. It’s certainly a better time of the year than January to try something new. Perhaps this is the year that you try a new hobby, something that will introduce you to new people, bust stress and elevate your mood – like choral singing!! Well we can help you with that. Kerry Choral Union is back to rehearsal next Wednesday, September 7th and new members are always welcome. At the moment we are particularly short of men, so if you’ve ever thought of joining a choir, to sing, have the craic, meet new people and just get out of the house on a Wednesday evening, why not come along to Collis Sandes House and see what we’re about. There will be tea and refreshments on our first night back to ease us into the new term. Rehearsal starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp (but if you’re new, come a little earlier, say 15 minutes).

Sharon’s 20th Anniversary

Willie Keane, Sharon Reidy and John Baily. Photo by Steve Baker

Sorry for the delay folks but I am finally getting around to sharing some more pictures from our first night back which also marked Sharon’s 20th anniversary as our conductor. Thanks so much to John Bailey for his warm and funny presentation speech and for providing the committee with that program from Sharon’s first concert. Thanks to Linda for organising the framing and the cake. And to Steve Baker and Kate Falvey for the photographs. And most of all thanks to Sharon for her talent and patience and for everything she has done to make us the choir we are today. Thanks Sharon!