Love singing and want a challenge? Then the Galway Choral Association is now looking new singers, former members, and people who want to return to choral singing.
The association, which is a mixed-voice community choir, has vacancies for men and women who want to sing exciting choral works.
Now in its 22nd year, the association is working towards a performance of Haydn's Nelson Mass in early 2020, participation in a city-wide choral event later in the year, and Brahms's Requiem with orchestra in early 2021.
Chairperson Carol Duffy says everyone is welcome.
"Singing with a group is proven to be great for health and well-being,” Carol Duffy says. “Choral experience and ability to read music are helpful, but not necessary, as we provide comprehensive learning-tools. New members often include people who are taking up a new hobby when the children leave home, but we welcome all adult singers.
Joining an established choir has many benefits, Duffy says.
“We have the expertise to organise major concerts, and we receive invitations to take part in choral events, like those being planned for 2020. Our choral director Norman Duffy, and accompanist Dympna O'Byrne are both accomplished musicians. Their high standards enable us to perform challenging choral works, while raising funds for local charities.”
Among the works this year is a performance of Nelson, which will be a challenge, according to choral director Duffy.
“Also known as the Mass for Troubled Times, this is one of Haydn’s later works and is widely regarded as being among his finest compositions. Political and financial instability meant that resources were limited, but still he created a stark and powerful sound, which is challenging but very rewarding to sing.”
The choir rehearses on Sunday from 7.30 to 9.30 pm in St Patrick’s Band Hall from September to June. New members are accepted in September and February. Prospective members may attend the first three rehearsals in September to see if it is the right choir for them.