Winter Serenade Concert at The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Cong in County Mayo is the location for an upcoming Winter Serenade Concert - which will feature The Mayo Male Voice Choir, Cong Church Choir and The Presentation College Headford Choir and Musicians.

An evening of endearing song and music is promised at the concert which will take place in the elegant Harbour Ballroom at the award-winning ‘The Lodge at Ashford Castle’, overlooking magical Lough Corrib within the magnificent 350 acre estate at Ashford Castle - a sublime setting.

The ever-popular Mayo Male Voice Choir was established in 2000 and now has over 50 members from all parts of Mayo. The choir sings from a wide-ranging and entertaining repertoire including classical, popular, musicals, ballads, sacred music and of course Christmas carols. Under the direction of Deirdre Lee since its inception, the choir is currently planning their 20th anniversary celebrations for 2020, which will include a major concert both in Mayo and in New York. The choir have won many prizes at choral festivals including a first in 2018 and 2016 at the Mayo International Choral Festival, and second in 2018 in the Down Bangor International Choral Festival and has won prizes at Sligo International Choral Festival and Kiltimagh Choral Festival. It has performed all over Ireland, the UK, Germany and Prague and has hosted many concerts. Accompanist is Rebecca Cresham.

Cong Church Choir consists of members from the Church area of Cong in South Mayo. The choir perform every Sunday at mass and have also over the years taken part in other performances including fundraising concerts in Cong Church. The Choir, formed over 20 years ago has also appeared on television including Nationwide. Musical director is Wyndham Little and the choir is accompanied by Mary Glynn.

Presentation College Headford is a secondary school for boys and girls in Headford, County Galway serving the town of Headford and its hinterland. It was founded in 1949. The choir is directed by Siobhán Shaughnessy and accompanied by Ita Cunningham.

The concert is facilitated by the Mayo International Choral Festival, and all funds raised go towards the running of the festival.

Tickets: €15 / €10 from O’Connor’s Spar Cong, Monaghan’s Centra Headford and Murphy’s Centra Ballinrobe or online at www.eventbrite.ie

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