Mullingar Choral Society, one of the gems in the cultural crown of Mullingar, is about to start rehearsals for the 2011/2012 season.The choir is getting going again on Monday September 5, 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.
It’s 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, musical director Fergus O’Carroll and his assistant Gavin Maloney are stars in their own right!
The Mullingar Town Band have yet again invited the choir to join with them for their charity production in Mullingar Arts Centre in November.
They are also going to continue the annual Christmas concert in St Paul’s Church, Mullingar in December. This event is always very popular with both young and old.
Mullingar Choral Society will commence rehearsals for the new season, and welcome new members and veteran campaigners on Monday September 5 at 7.45pm 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!
The first performance for the season will be held in the Mullingar Arts Centre on Thursday November 3 in conjunction with the Army Band, followed by the regular Christmas concert in St Paul’s Church on Sunday December 11, and the season concludes on Sunday March 4 with what will no doubt be a stunning performance of Messa di Gloria and Carmina Burana in the Cathedral of Christ the King on Sunday March 4 2012.