Choir History

Mozart's Requiem with Watford Philharmonic, Carlow Cathedral June 2012



In 1965 public interest in forming a classical musical society in Carlow arose upon listening to a recording of Handel’s Messiah. With this motions were carried to form what was then known as Carlow Choral Union, influenced by Cathedral Organist, Dr. Karl Seldrayers and Dr. Joseph Groocock, a lecturer of music at Trinity College Dublin.

Now in its 50th year, Carlow Choral Society has become one of the most eminent names in an astounding Irish network of choral music. This success has been the result of the many talented and skilled succession of musical directors that the society has befriended since its INSTALMENT.

It was with the objective to bring classical music into the community of Carlow that Carlow Choral Society first came to light. We are a large group of amateur singers who aim to perform to a professional standard, directed by Niall Kinsella and assisted by accompanist Yvonne Collier.

With 50 members (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass) from all over County Carlow and surrounding counties, all singers come from many backgrounds but SHARE in common a passion for choral music, singing and a commitment to performing to audiences throughout Carlow and Ireland. The choir rehearses every Monday evening between September and May in St. Patrick's College, Carlow. Highlights of our annual concert season include Spring/Summer and seasonal Christmas program, with annual performances in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Our repertoire includes some of the world’s most famous choral works such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Mathews & St. Johns Passion, Verdi’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation & Seasons, Brahms’s Requiem, Fauré Requiem and many more. In addition the Choir has travelled to various locations throughout the UK and Europe to join with international choirs and events. In 2011 the choir recorded its Christmas CD and in 2013 recorded a Christmas charity track ‘O Holy Night’ with Irish trio ‘Affiniti’.

Under the new musical direction and talents of Niall Kinsella since January 2014, Carlow Choral Society has become more determined to SHARE with our audience a highly enjoyable choral experience. Fast approaching our 50th Anniversary in 2015-16, we have many ambitious plans and some truly splendid concerts featuring the very best of choral music.

We always welcome new members at the beginning of each term each Monday night. If you would like to join a diverse group of people of all ages who love to sing, we are always open to enthusiastic and interested singers. Although the ability to read music is not a requirement, it is an advantage.  CDs with your musical line highlighted for home practice between rehearsals may be provided.

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Committee 2014/2105

Chairperson: Miriam Kelly  Secretary: Olivia Power  Treasurer: Susan Hanly

Mary Platt, Catherine Cross, Stephen Harland, Pauline Hosey, Joyce Mackin & Ailbhe Ni Rian