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).

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!