Choir History

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


Carlow Choral Society was formed in 1965 when a group of friends met in a private house to listen to a recording of Handel’s Messiah. They expressed regret that the only way to hear classical music in the provinces at that time was on records, so after lengthy discussions, it was decided to call a public meeting to see if there was enough interest to form a classical musical society.

This inaugural meeting was addressed by the Cathedral Organist, Dr. Karel Seeldrayers, and Dr. Joseph Groocock, lecturer of music at Trinity College, Dublin. The latter advised the group to start with a major work Messiah and Dr. Seeldrayers agreed to act as musical director. Since the group was interdenominational it was named Carlow Choral Union and it held that name until the 1980’s when it was changed to Carlow Choral Society.

Carlow Choral Society has in the past 47 years gone from strength to strength, performing several major concerts each year.

We have a remarkable repertoire of many choral works such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Mathews & St. John Passion, Verdi’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation & Seasons, Brahm’s Requiem & many more. We sing at home & abroad. In November 2011 the choir recorded a Christmas CD.  New members are welcome. We rehearse in St. Patrick’s College, Carlow Monday nights from 7.45-10pm. We are a very friendly, musical and sociable choir. You will find us also Facebook & Twitter.