Western cities’ voices unite for unique evening of music

At the recent launch of Galway Choral Association's January concert: Norman Duffy, musical director;  Eoin Cotter of Davy; Michael O'Hare, chairperson of Galway Choral; and Sharon Fitzpatrick, Cancer Care West.
Photographer Iain McDonald

At the recent launch of Galway Choral Association's January concert: Norman Duffy, musical director;  Eoin Cotter of Davy; Michael O'Hare, chairperson of Galway Choral; and Sharon Fitzpatrick, Cancer Care West. Photographer Iain McDonald

Galway Choral Association and Limerick Choral Union, with assistance from St Nicholas’ Schola Cantorum, are presenting two major works in concert later this month, kindly supported by the Davy’s Western Office and in aid of Cancer Care West.

Under the leadership of music director Norman Duffy, the choirs will sing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with soloists Franzita Whelan, Gyula Nagy and Derek Moloney, and Francis Poulenc’s GLORIA accompanied by organist Peter Barley.

“This is the largest concert we have presented in Galway for some years” said Michael O’Hare, Chairperson of the Galway Choral Association. “We were honoured when Limerick Choral Union asked us to join with them in presenting these fantastic works in a sell-out performance as part of Limerick’s Year of Culture 2014, and we are delighted to share them now with a Galway audience.”

Seapoint’s upstairs ballroom is a new venue for the choir, but the larger capacity, hospitality facilities and car parking will help make the concert available to a wide audience.

Michael O’Hare also said that the choir is very grateful to Davy’s Western Office for sponsoring the event. “This support has enabled us to engage a percussion section which will add colour and depth to the Carmina Burana. O Fortuna, the opening movement, has been used in many movies and TV shows, including the X-Factor, but many people do not realise that it is part of a larger, equally energetic work which is very enjoyable to perform as well as to watch. With 170 singers on stage, this is a will be a dramatic, high-energy performance.”

“The Gloria is a lovely work, and provides an excellent contrast” said musical director Norman Duffy. Written by French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963 ), it was premiered in Boston in 1961. The work presents the Gloria in Excelsis Deo in six movements, progressing from an accented and declamatory opening, through dramatic and joyful moments to an ending which is dark and mysterious. Cancer Care West, which provides residential and support services to cancer patients and their families in the west of Ireland, has been selected as the charity partner for the event. “We are delighted to acknowledge the support which Cancer Care West provides”, Michael O’Hare said, “and to be able to assist them to raise vital funds to continue their work”.

The concert is being held at 8pm on Saturday January 31, in the upstairs performance venue at Seapoint in Salthill. Tickets are €20 (€17 concession ) and are available from Cancer Care West (Inis Aoibhinn or the Cancer Support Centre or online at www.cancercarewest.ie ), from Opus II on High St or from choir members.

Further information is available from Galway Choral’s website (www.galwaychoral.ie ), or from Cancer Care West

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