MAYO SINGS IN MAY!
Fantastic line up for the fifth
Mayo International Choral Festival 2016
Córfhéile Idirnáisiúnta Mhaigh Eo
Thurs 26st – Sun 29th May, 2016.
Tickets on doors and from local outlets
Following on from the amazing opening concert in Knock Basilica, over 1000 singers will take part in the fifth Mayo International Choral Festival, performing songs from many genres, including jazz, pop, folk, sacred and gospel music. Mayo in May – the mecca for all music lovers!
The fifth festival, the only county-wide choral festival in Ireland, will take the form of 26 International, National and Mayo choirs participating on a competitive and non-competitive basis. The festival will include a number of evening and daily county-wide performances, as well as competitions with all events open to a public audience. For visitors – friendship, relaxation and a memorable Mayo experience is ensured, allowing audiences and choirs to meet with other choirs and locals, relax and enjoy a great weekend in the beautiful West of Ireland.
Choirs from Mayo and local community groups will assist with the coordination of the events. International choirs include, from the USA – The Southern Indiana University Chamber Choir, from Norway – Vadsø Mannssangforening (Vadsoe Male Choir) and from Wales – Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir. The festival continues to honour Mayo’s heroes and heroines in song and this aspect of the festival includes a presentation by Carmen Cullen, on the life and times of the famous Mayo-born Delia Murphy in Roundfort Community Centre, on Thurs 26th May.
Five community concerts will take place all over the county, with local and visiting choirs performing at each – on Thurs 26th May a concert will take place in Westport in the Church of the Holy Trinity, on Fri 27th May in Ballintubber Abbey, Ballina Arts Centre and the Church of the Holy Family in Kiltimagh, all starting at 8pm. On Sunday evening 29th, there is a concert in Cong Church, which starts at 5pm.
Saturday sees the adjudications of the competing choirs in Castlebar, which is open to the public. It’s a great chance to see all the choirs singing at their best! In between the competitions, choirs will perform short outdoor street performances and also at Mayo Memorial Peace Park, weather permitting. At 8 pm on Saturday evening, the prize-winning choirs will perform at the Gala Choral Concert, in the GMIT, Castlebar, during the Premier Competition, and celebrations will be held in Healy Macs, Breaffy House Hotel, immediately afterwards. On Sunday, everyone is invited to sing at the Dawn Chorus at Lough Lannagh Carpark, Castlebar at 8am – for those rising early or for those going home from the celebrations the night before! The festival closes with a concert in Cong Church at 5pm
The festival is supported by Mayo County Council and Fáilte Ireland.
Choirs taking part:
- Ballina Chamber Choir • Ballintubber Abbey Choir • Castlebar Gospel Choir • Cong Church Choir • Cór Mhaigh Eo • Côr Meibion Llanelli, Male Voice Choir Wales • Cuore, Dublin • Dún Laoghaire Choral Society • Elikya Gospel Choir, Limerick • Galway Golf Club Choir • GUH Choral Society, Galway • Hands in Harmony, Limerick • Kiltimagh Parish Choir • Knock Junior Choir • Marine Institute Singers, Galway • Mayo Male Voice Choir • Moy Singers, Ballina • St Joseph’s Secondary School Choir Castlebar • The Troubadours, Castlebar • Unitunes, Galway • University of Southern Indiana Chamber Choir, USA • Vadsø Mannssangforening Male Voice Choir, Norway • Vocalessence, Mayo • Westport Childrens’ Choir • Westport Singers • Witness To Hope Choir
For more info see www.mayochoral.com or facebook/mayochoral
Tickets: On door(s) and local outlets.