Mullingar Choral society, one of the gems in the cultural crown of Mullingar, is about to start rehearsals for the 2009/2010 season.
The society is getting going again on Monday September 7 in St Mary’s CBS (beside the cathedral ). The choir is made up of ordinary men and women who turn in an extraordinary performance, year after year, with little or no fanfare and the annual concert in the cathedral is one of the highlights of the town’s cultural calendar.
The society is a mixed choir, meaning there is a section to suit every voice. The society regularly brings in nationally and internationally acclaimed soloists for the ‘big gig’ - the final concert in the cathedral - but the real stars are the members who turn up every week throughout the winter for rehearsals. And of course, the musical director Fergus O’Carroll and his assistant Gavin Maloney are stars in their own right!
Mullingar Choral Society will commence rehearsals for the new season, and welcome new members and veteran campaigners on Monday September 7 at 8pm sharp in St Mary’s CBS, Mullingar. Although a lot of work goes into performances, rehearsals are informal and enjoyable, and are a great way to get out and meet some interesting people. Sight-reading ability is not essential.
Membership for the year costs €50 (which just about covers the tea and biscuits ) and there will be a charge for musical scores. If you think you might be interested you can come along for a couple of rehearsals without committing to anything, but the society is entering a major phase in its development, so there’s never been a better time to be involved!
With regard to performances this year, on November 5 the society has accepted an invitation to take part in a benefit concert in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund and the Stroke Unit at Mullingar hospital. The venue will be Mullingar Arts Centre.
The regular Christmas concert takes place in St Paul’s Church on Sunday December 6, and the season finishes on Sunday March 7, 2010 with a stunning performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Cathedral of Christ the King.