New season ahead

That first breath that a band or choir or orchestra takes together, a breath filled with focus, intention and emotion, a breath unified for no other reason than to make something beautiful together … there is simply no better way to demonstrate the core of who we are, and the best in all of us.

Eric Whitacre

I came across this quote the other day from Eric Whitacre (he of the gorgeous Seal Lullaby and so much more) and it perfectly expresses that moment, the deep breath before the notes are formed, a moment full of possibility, before we all dive into the music together. It is a wonderful thing to experience and you can too. Our first night of rehearsals is next Wednesday, September 4th and new members are always welcome. There will be tea and refreshments so we can all catch up after the summer in style and to allow Sharon time to take new members through a few scales. Practice is at 7:30 p.m. (but if you’re new, come a little earlier, say 15 to 10 minutes) in Collis Sandes House as usual.

A Celebration of Light – Wetlands Concert 2019

Last night was our annual concert with Recovery Haven at the Tralee Bay Wetlands and it was as always a lovely and deeply moving event. The weather played nice too and we were treated to a dry, mild evening with a lovely sunset. As the evening wound down, I took a walk around the lake to watch the floating lanterns and the lights of the centre against the darkening sky and was struck at how perfect this location is for this event. In and of the town, bridging the urban setting with the bay beyond. Peaceful and tranquil. Thanks to everyone who made last evening such a huge success and to Recovery Haven for having us be part of it again.

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.

Spring Concert with Duhallow Choral Society in Millstreet

On Palm Sunday last, the choir travelled down to Millstreet in Cork to sing with the Duhallow Choral Society in aid of Millstreet Community Hospital. Judging by the turnout, it is a cause close to many a local’s heart. It was wonderful to have such a warm and appreciative audience and also to get the opportunity to sing with Duhallow Choral Society again. There is a very special sound and feeling when the two choirs combine. Also, the hospitality was amazing! Thanks to everyone involved in organizing this great event.

Duhallow have some lovely clips from the concert on their facebook page but I’ve just included some audio from the rehearsal below. Enjoy!

Lord of the Dance, Kerry Choral Union with Duhallow Choral Society in rehearsal, St. Patrick’s, Millstreet. Accompanists Ian Sexton (piano) and Lucy Tanner (violin)

A Light Exists in Spring

A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period

Emily Dickinson

Spring has arrived, the clocks have gone forward and there’s a cock’s step in the evenings. It is a time for joyous singing! And it has been a busy start to the year for Kerry Choral Union. We have been flat out rehearsing for our Spring Concerts, the first of which is this coming Sunday (14.04.2019) in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, where we will be joining our friends from Duhallow Choral Society for what is sure to be a wonderful evening. Last Sunday’s rehearsal in Millstreet was really good and we were all delighted with how well the two choirs blended together – both vocally and socially! The video below features a taste of the rehearsal with images from the gorgeous St. Patrick’s. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. Don’t be late!

Eagle-eyed readers will also note that we’ve had a bit of a spring clean on the website too. It’s the time of year for it after all. Take a look around, we’ll be adding more photos and videos in the months ahead!

From Benedictus by Karl Jenkins with Duhallow Choral Society in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.