The Creation

On Sunday 8 October 2017 at 8pm the West Cork Choral Singers will perform The Creation
by Haydn (Sung in English) in Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen – admission: €15

Director: Diana Llewellyn
Pianists: Annabel Adams & Antoinette Baker
Soprano: Deirdre Moynihan
Tenor: Ryan Morgan
Bass: Jeffrey Ledwidge

Tickets available from Thornhill Bros, Main Street, Skibbereen
Also available at the door

Invite to Carnegie Hall

At the West Cork Choral Singers’ ‘Encore’ concert in Abbeystrewery Church on Sunday 2 April 2017, Diana Llewellyn, musical director, explained, as she introduced the ‘Benedictus’ from The Armed Man, that she comes from the same Welsh chapel-based musical tradition as Sir Karl Jenkins – they even studied in the same institution, albeit a few years apart.

It was these Welsh connections, therefore, which led to one of the outstanding achievements of the choir to date, their performance of Jenkins’ The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace) at Schull Community College in late 2007. As befits a choir with strong community roots, the hall was filled to overflowing. The most-performed living composer in the world went down well in West Cork in what was the first performance of the complete work in Ireland.

In April 2016 the choir, together with an orchestra of local musicians and soloists, also performed Jenkins’ Stabat Mater, based on the 13th-century prayer, in Abbeystrewery Church.

It was totally appropriate, therefore, that when the Distinguished Concerts International New York – whose motto is ‘changing lives through the power of performance’ – were searching for choirs from around the world to perform The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins, they discovered the close affinity of the West Cork Choral Singers to the Welsh composer’s work. Having heard samples of the choirs’ work, an invitation was extended for the WCCS to partake in the concert, which will take place in the Stern Auditorium of the Carnegie Hall on 15 January 2018 under conductor Jonathan Griffith.

The four-day trip includes two half-day rehearsals with choirs from some 14 countries prior to the concert, which will feature a US première for Jenkins’ Sing! The Music was Given (based on a poem by Thomas Moore) plus The Armed Man.

Performing in this concert, as well as a huge musical learning experience, will also mean that the WCCS will be privileged to première Sing! The Music was Given in Ireland at a later date.
There is, however, no such thing as a ‘free concert’. To defray the costs of the trip and performance, the choir will work very hard, as it always does, to attract local mentors and sponsorship.

You can visit the WCCS crowdfunding initiative or click on the link below to donate directly

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Cantique de Jean Racine

The West Cork Choral Singers are shown above performing this haunting piece by Gabriel Fauré to a large and appreciative audience at Abbeystrewery Church in Skibbereen on Sunday 2 April. The evening, entitled ‘Encore’, also featured work by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvořák and Karl Jenkins.

Annabel Adams on piano and Justin Grounds on violin provided musical backing. Justin’s solo violin accompaniment of the ‘Benedictus’ from The Armed Man was especially moving.

Rosario, Diana, Annabel and Claire in happy mood after an excellent evening of music. It was, sadly, Rosario’s last evening with the choir as she, and her family, are returning shortly to Spain. Rosario provided laughter, great mussel cookery and castanet playing to the choir during her stay in West Cork. A fond adiós from all at the West Cork Choral Singers.

Encore

On Sunday 2 April the West Cork Choral Singers make a welcome return to Abbeystrewry Church to perform works by, among others, Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvořák and Karl Jenkins.

As always, Diana Llewellyn will lead the choir assisted by accompanist Annabel Adams.

Justin Grounds, locally-based violinist and composer will be a guest soloist on the night.

Tickets, at €10, are available from Thornhill Brothers Electrical, Main Street, Skibbereen or at the door on the evening.

There is a downloadable poster if you care to print it or distribute it among your friends on Facebook or other social media.

Sweden to Schull

No sooner has the dust settled on their wonderful performance of Stabat Mater than the West Cork Choral Singers are busy again, this time playing host to the Boo Chamber Choir. Boo is a parish on the outskirts of Stockholm and their choir has existed in various forms since the early 1900s. It began life as the Boo Church Choir, then became the Boo Cantabile Chamber Choir and, in 2015, changed its name to the Boo Chamber Choir.

The choir has high aspirations with some 20 committed singers. Musically they place an emphasis on the classical repertoire, including both a-cappella music plus larger choral and orchestral works of both traditional and contemporary composers.

Since 1999 the choir has been conducted by Helena Engardt. Helena studied church music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and, since 1996, is also as organist in Boo parish.

So please do come along to Holy Trinity church on the Colla Road in Schull on Friday 27 May for an evening of cultural exchange. Camilla Griehsel who performed so powerfully in the Karl Jenkins work will provide a bridge between the cultures as she is a member of that small band of Swedes who call West Cork home.

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Greetings from Musica Fortuna

Vita, the leader of the Musica Fortuna choir in Turnov (Czech Republic) – where the West Cork Choral Singers visited in 2008 – was in touch with Margaret over Christmas. She kindly passed this on to me.

Hallo dear friend

I wish you and all the members in the choir a good new year. How are you? We here are more or less OK. No big changes in my
family. The choir sings every Monday, some new songs, some new singers. Last year we had no trip abroad. As usual we had 8 performances and concerts before Christmas. Hope to find some place where we could made a trip this summer.
So have a good time, many greetings to all the people in the choir and hope to meet again…

Vita

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Christmas concert 2015

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After the Christmas concert

A large number of stalwart choir supporters braved Storm Desmond to see the West Cork Choral Singers at Abbeystrewery Church.

Those who made the effort were rewarded with an evening of beautiful choral music from, amongst others, Haydn, Vivaldi and Karl Jenkins. A few seasonal favourites completed the programme.

Fortified by mulled wine and mince pies the crowd dispersed into the dark night.

The choir would like to thank everyone for their support and take this opportunity to wish one and all a peaceful Christmas filled with music.

Christmas concert: hear and see

Click on the link for a movie of the choir singing Haydn’s Gloria live at Abbeystrewery.

A sound recording of the Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins can be heard by clicking the link.