Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Press Release: Experience The Joy Of Choral Singing With The Galway Choral Association

If you love singing and would like an exciting new challenge, the Galway Choral Association would like to hear from you.

Choral singing has never been so popular! The experience of singing great music as part of a large choir has never been more rewarding! The opportunity to meet like-minded music lovers has never been closer!

The Galway Choral Association is a 60 strong amateur, community based choir and welcomes men and women from throughout Galway City and County who can sing and who share a commitment to working together to make great music accessible to all.

The ability to read music, while an advantage, is definitely not a necessity. Aids to learning are provided and with work and dedication, anything is possible.

The Galway Choral Association has planned an exciting programme of music to be performed in January next at the first of its two annual concerts. Music by Mozart, Tavener and Fauré will offer a stimulating and challenging experience for existing and new members. Parallel performances for various charities and Christmas events present fun times in aid of those in need in the city and county.

Led by Choral Director, Norman Duffy, the choir rehearses each Sunday evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Brass Band Society Hall beside Ceannt Railway Station in Galway City. Rehearsals start on Sunday September 1st and Norman promises the first evening will be an enjoyable and fun experience for all.

“Galway Choral Association is a community based choir with members of all ages and differing levels of experience. We are a friendly welcoming bunch and we would love to hear from anyone who has an interest in choral singing,” says Michael O’Hare, Chairman of Galway Choral Association.

“Galway Choral Association is proud of the fact that we have been able to support many voluntary and charitable organisations that do such great work in Galway; not least of which is the more than €10,000 that we have raised in recent years,” says Michael. “Most recently was a highly successful and most enjoyable collaboration last June with the Knoxville Choral Association in aid of Ability West.”

Maureen Forde, Pat O’Sullivan, Michael O’Hare, Mary Curtin, Miriam Browne, Adrian Harney, Cathal Ryan, Craig Steven from Galway Choral Association present a cheque for €500 to Adrian Harney and Cathal Ryan from Ability West.    Proceeds were raised our concert on June 22nd. Photo by Boyd Challenger. 

People interested in joining the Galway Choral Association should contact Niamh Hennelly on 087-3651397 after 6pm or email

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Looking for a choir to join?

We are currently open to new members for our Galway based community choral association.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Acclaimed US Choir Teams Up with Galway Choral Association for Charity Concert - June 2013

One of America’s finest symphonic choruses is partnering with Galway Choral Association for a concert in St. Nicholas Church on June 22 2013. Hailing from central Tennessee, the Knoxville Choral Society will be joining Galway Choral in a summer evening of choral music in aid of Ability West.

An auditioned chorus of 150 singers, the Knoxville Choral Society represents a wide cross-section of occupations, including many professional musicians. They perform regularly with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, commission new works and undertake European, Middle Eastern and Pan American tours. Over 40 choristers are taking part in their 2013 Ireland tour which includes performances in Dublin, Sligo, Kilkenny and Dublin, as well as Galway.

Knoxville Choral Society is conducted by Dr. Eric Thorson, who is professor of music and director of choral activities at Carson-Newman University.

Announcing the concert Michael O’Hare Galway Choral Association said that Galway choral music fans could look forward to a summer celebration featuring many well loved pieces from the choral repertoire.

“Galway Choral Association is delighted to be partnering with the Knoxville Choral Society for this special concert in aid of Ability West. Under Norman Duffy's musical direction, we have put together an uplifting and varied programme which we hope will be enjoyed by locals and visitors to Galway,” said Michael.

“The concert is being run in support of Ability West, a Galway based charity who have recently marked 50 years of service provision to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. I encourage Galwegians to support the concert and this very worthwile organisation which provides services and support to 500 children and adults across Galway City and County.

The concert in St. Nicholas Collegiate Church starts at 8:00pm, and entrance is €10.

Tickets available from Opus 11, High Street, ( 091 500 300), Galway Choral Association members and on door. Family tickets of €25 available on door.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Choir photo, January 2013

Our latest choir photograph, taken at our concert in St Nicholas Church.   In formal dress:  men in black, women black with red scarves

A higher-resolution picture, suitable for printing, is available here: to get it on to your computer, go to that photo and then click the Download button near the top left hand side.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

January 2013 Concert Photos

A selection of photos from our concert - thanks to Tom Duggan and Kevin Boatman for sharing these.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Celebrate the New Year with Vivaldi’s Gloria

Galway Choral Association will celebrate the New Year with a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria:

Venue:  St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway 
Date:    Saturday 26th January, 2013
Time:    8pm.

One of a number of Gloria’s composed by the Venetian maestro, this setting is known simply as the Vivaldi Gloria due to its outstanding popularity.

It has featured in a number of films including the 1996 Scott Hicks film Shine about pianist David Helfgott and in the final climactic scenes of the 1985 Andrei Konchalovsky film Runaway Train.

Under the baton of Norman Duffy and accompanied by Ronan de Burca, Galway Choral Association will also perform a selection of well known works by Dowland, Gounod, Lennon & McCartney.

The choir will be joined by Coláiste Éinde Show Choir, directed by Anne Marie Taylor for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening of sacred and choral music.

Speaking this week, Galway Choral Association Chairman Michael O’Hare said that the choir were looking forward to their first concert of 2013.

“Galway Choral Association was very busy in the run up to Christmas with carol singing and fundraising for various charities. We are looking forward to building on this momentum and start 2013 off on a musical note with the performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria and other well loved classics.”

Tickets costing €10 are available from Opus 2, High St Galway 091 500300 or by contacting Family tickets for €25 will be available at the door.