Look to the future now, it’s only just begun

Ok, look, where would we even start when it comes to 2020? What can be said that hasn’t been said, what can be said that would make it better? Some had an awful year, some had great joy during the year and most of us just put our heads down and ploughed on. As a I write this, news is coming through of another lockdown, albeit one fuelled by Irish coffees, tins of roses, Christmas cake and more food than anyone would know what to do with. Let’s just call it festive hibernating and leave it at that.

2021 is looking promising at least. With vaccines on the way, a much hoped for return to singing seems all the more plausible and when we do start getting back to a more familiar way of living, I think we can rely on strong audiences. Sure won’t we all be chomping at the bit to see live performances ourselves? Last Sunday night’s video had nearly 6000 views between St. John’s website, their facebook page and our own, which is no small number. Hopefully in the New Year we will be able to get some of those to come and see us in person, won’t that be lovely – singing together and performing for an audience. To quote the great Noddy Holder of Slade:

Look to the future now
It’s only just begun.

A Merry Christmas to you all and a very Happy New Year!

Tralee Gala Christmas Concert

There’s a nervous excitement in the air as our Christmas Gala Concert approaches. Rehearsals started back in September and the time really does seem to have flown but on Sunday we will be back in St. John’s, Castle Street, Tralee with world-class soprano Miriam Murphy, and a fantastic selection of Christmas music. We will be accompanied by Ian Sexton on piano and Susan Motherway on flute and we can’t wait to see you all there.

For a taste of what you can expect, here’s our performance from earlier this year of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, which we will be performing on Sunday.

The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. April 2019. St. Brendan’s Church. In aid of Recovery Haven. Accompanist: Aine Murray (Piano). Director: Sharon Reidy. Filmed by: EmmaJude Lyons & Malachy Scanlon

Christmas concerts on the way

Christmas is well and truly here. Back in the day, December 8th would have been the day to go to Dublin for your Christmas shopping! No need for that these days, instead you can shop local (or online) and then come to Listowel tomorrow night for the first of our Christmas concerts (Storm Atiyah permitting) at 7:30 pm in St. Mary’s in aid of the church renovation in Listowel. Tickets will be available on the door.

In the meantime, here’s something soothing from our concert earlier this year, just to counterbalance the windy weather outside.

Benedictus (Karl Jenkins – Armed Man) April 2019. St. Brendan’s Church. In aid of Recovery Haven. Accompanist: Lucy Tanner (Violin) Aine Murray (Piano). Director: Sharon Reidy. Filmed by: EmmaJude Lyons & Malachy Scanlon

Radio Kerry piece on Chorjugend Grevenbrück (featuring Kerry Choral Union)

On April 17 last, we had the great pleasure of having a German youth choir, Chorjugend Grevenbrück e. V. from Sauerland in Germany, perform for us in Collis Sandes House. Many thanks to Bryan Carr for arranging this and for sending on this Radio Kerry piece recorded that evening. The performance by these young singers was simply excellent, as you can hear from the audio. We were all hugely impressed, both with their talent and with the work they had clearly put in. Well done to everyone involved!

As a thank you, we sang for them one of the songs that we will be singing in our spring concert for Recovery Haven this Sunday, and Radio Kerry were very kind to include it in their feature. That concert is on at 7:30 pm tomorrow, Sunday, April 28 in Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church, Tralee, for anyone who fancies getting out of the house now that the storm has well and truly passed. It’s for a great cause and tickets (€10) will be available on the door.

Bring on the mince pies!

Thank you to all who participated in and attended our Christmas concerts. We are as ever hugely grateful for your support. Now we’re all off to put our feet up and have a mince pie or two before throwing ourselves into the final preparations for the big day itself. Merry Christmas everyone!