Canadian Orpheus Male Choir

Exciting times ahead for the Mayo International Choral Festival

It is shaping up to be a bumper year for the Mayo International Choral Festival. Apart from the exciting festival in May of 2016, there are also a number of events that will bring much song, music, colour and crowds to Mayo.

Canadian Orpheus Male Choir
Hosted by the Mayo International Choral Festival, a 50-strong male voice choir from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, will perform on Friday 25th September with the Mayo Male Voice Choir at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar. This is one of Canada’s leading male voice choirs and have toured extensively, including Canada, Europe, Britain and Ireland and have performed more than 460 concerts in venues such as the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Known as ‘the men who love to sing’, the choir has raised over $800,000 for a number of service groups and charitable organisations.
The choir’s musical director is Simon Irving and accompanist is Janet Stachow.
The concert will also feature the popular Mayo Male Voice Choir, with musical director Deirdre Lee and accompanist Rebecca Cresham.
One of only five performances in Ireland by this Canadian choir, the Mayo concert date is not to be missed. Fri 25th Sept. Church of the Holy Rosary, 8pm. Adm €12 on the door, or tickets from Downtown Records, Castlebar and Westport. In support of the Western Care Association. The choir will also lay a wreath and perform at the Mayo Memorial Peace Park on Friday 25th, at 3pm.


The Canadian Orpheus Male Choir who will perform together with the Mayo Male Voice Choir on Saturday 25th September, 8pm, at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar.

Barbershop Convention Weekend
With only a few weeks to go, the excitement is building for the Irish Barbershop Singers Association Convention being held in Mayo this year – a weekend of non-stop Barbershop singing and fun!

With groups already confirmed from Sweden, the USA and England, this is truly an International event and will bring over 1000 people to Castlebar, many who will take time to tour Mayo as part of their holiday. The Convention consists of competitions and performances for Barbershop quartets and choruses, and all events are open to the public. “Having attended some of the Conventions over the years, the IABS Convention weekend is tops when it comes to sheer fun and entertainment. We would encourage people to support the event by going to at least one show or competition over the weekend, all open to the public and with nominal admission fees – you will not be disappointed” stated the Mayo Choral Festival Director, Declan Durcan, the driving force in brining the convention to Mayo, along with the Mayo International Choral Festival committee and several regional stakeholders. All events take place in the Royal Theatre, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October – more details on www.iabsconvention.com

Choral Workshop by ‘Storm Front’, the 2010 world champion Barbershop Quartet


Storm Front, USA, 2010 World Champion Barbershop Quartet, one of the guest performers and also presenters of a choral workshop for local choir members, at the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention (IABS), in Castlebar, Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd October. All events open to the public.

For all local and regional choir members, a vocal workshop will be given by Storm Front, USA and Hot Note, England – the National Champions of the UK’s ‘Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers’ (LABBS).

The Irish Association of Barbershop Singing (IABS) extends an invitation to all local and regional choirs and choir members to explore a cappella singing skills with world-renowned singing and presentation coaches. A great opportunity to: improve your breathing, explore forward singing and to enhance your stage craft. All welcome but places are limited so early booking is advisable. Saturday 3rd October, 10am to 12noon, Royal Theatre, Castlebar. €10 per person including refreshments.
To book please complete an application form available on www.iabsconvention.com or email iabsconvention2015@gmail.com


Storm Front, USA, 2010 World Champion Barbershop Quartet, one of the guest performers and also presenters of a choral workshop for local choir members, at the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention (IABS), in Castlebar, Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd October. All events open to the public.