On The Go Again – Montigny 2018

Wicklow Male Voice Choir is on the move again!!

Well, we will be in April 2018!!

The choir is planning a visit to our “twin” – Montigny, France – for the Priariale festival where the choir will represent Wicklow in at least three (official) singing events – one of which will be a major fund raiser for the local Lions Club plus a number of unofficial events. There will also be a joint Irish/Franco event where the choir will share the stage with local highly acclaimed Chorale Quatre Vents.

In addition to official duties, the choir hope to make plenty of friends, do some “fringe” singing and all this while taking in a visit to the Palace of Versaille and seeing Paris from the Seine!!

It promises to be a busy weekend!!!

It is great being a member of Wicklow Male Voice Choir and if you would like to be involved just contact any member or a member of the committee for details.

2017 Annual Christmas Concert

Wicklow Male Voice Choir is pleased to announce that our next concert in Wicklow will be held in the Grand Hotel at 8:00pm on Sunday 10/12/2017.

This promises to be a special event, presented as it will be for the first time by our new Musical Director Tony Norton (http://anthonynortontenor.com/about/) accompanied on piano by David Wray http://www.theirishcollegeofmusictheatre.com/davidwray.php with guest soprano Sandra Oman http://www.sandraoman.com/biography-1/

The members of Wicklow MVC are delighted to bring this line up of internationally recognised and lauded talent to Wicklow to help “kick start” the Christmas Season!

Tickets @ €15 can be purchased from The Grand Hotel or Earls News Agents, Wicklow and from any member of the choir.

This concert will be different!

 

Sligo International Choral Festival

Wicklow Male Voice Choir is on the move again!! After our most recent win in Castlebar, the choir is participating in the Sligo International Choral Festival on the weekend of 17/11/2017 to 19/11/2017.

This is a new departure for the choir because, for the first time ever, the choir will participate in two competitions – mixed voice and male voice. These will be tough competitions and we know in advance that we will be up against 16 other choirs so to the competition will be stiff. However, the choir has worked hard over recent months and we head to Sligo with enthusiasm and confidence.

Whatever the outcome, the trip will be massive fun as usual and we expect to participate fully in the “fringe” events!

On Sunday 19/11/2017, the choir will participate in 1:00pm mass in St Mel’s Cathedral Longford.

Wicklow Golf Classic

Wicklow Male Voice Choir Annual Golf Classic is scheduled for Saturday 22nd July 2017 in Wicklow Golf Club.

We are looking forward to greeting many of the teams that played last year and are also looking forward to greeting new friends. All are welcome. As always, it promises to be a great day set as it is, in the beautifully situated Wicklow Golf Club.

For details, contact Eamon Sheridan (0872568704) or Gerry Higgins (0868238709) or any member of the committee (contact details on www.wicklowmvc.net)

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Wicklow Male Voice Choir Perform In St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina

Sunday 28th May 2017, Ballina, Mayo.

After the competition of the 27th Of May, the members of WMVC were delighted to be asked to participate in the liturgy of Sunday Mass at St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina.

This was a beautiful mass, in a lovely cathedral and the choir sang a number of songs including “The Lost Chord”, “Ave Maria”, “The Lord Bless You & Keep you” and “Goin’ Up A Yonder”. The choir also assisted the cantor through the mass.

All the members of the choir thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the choir intends to do more local events when travelling. It was a hit with the congretation also and one parishoner recounted how he had been baptised in the cathedral in 1944 and it was the most “memorable experience” he had there since!!

Below, the choir is pictured with Musical Director, Anthony Norton, after the mass.

 

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Wicklow Male Voice Choir Win In Mayo

Saturday 27th May 2017, WMVC travelled to Castlebar to Compete in the Male Voices section of the Mayo International Choral Festival. The competition was very strong this year with excellent performances from both the Mayo Male Voice Choir and the Cavan Male Voice Choir.

This was the first competition for WMVC under new Musical Director Anthony Norton and the choir rose to the challenge put down by the other choirs by performing to the very highest standard. A fitting reward for the hard work done by the choir and MD.

The two contrasting songs performed were “Softly As I Leave You” and the rousing “Soldiers Chorus”. The performance earned very high praise from the adjudicators and WMVC were awarded first prize.

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After the competition, the choir was invited to perform at the Annual Peace Ceremony to commerorate the Irish men and women that gave their lifes in the cause of peace while on duty for both the Irish and foreign military services. The ceremony was closed by WMVC singing Amhrán na Bhfinn.

 

New Musical Director Appointed

Anthony Norton - Tenor

Wicklow Male Voice Choir is delighted to announce the appointment of Tenor, Musician and Music Teacher, Antony Norton as Musical Director.

Tony is one of Ireland’s most accomplished and versatile lyric tenors. As a solo artist and as one of the internationally acclaimed Three Irish Tenors he has toured America, Canada, Europe and as far afield as India, Taiwan, Japan and the Caribbean. He studied singing, piano, ‘cello and conducting at Trinity college of Music London before embarking on a career as a singer. He began his career with The Scottish Opera before moving to Teatro La Scala Di Milano, where he was resident for a number of years. His work as a soloist in opera, concert, oratorio and musical theatre has seen him perform in venues from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to Carnegie Hall and Broadway. At home in Ireland he has performed with every major orchestra and ensemble, including RTE Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Opera Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera and numerous concert appearances with some of Ireland’s leading chamber musicians. Further to the operatic and classical repertoires his ensemble Passion has notable success performing songs from French Cabaret, Tango and popular songs from Spain, Italy and South America. For more information on Tony, see http://anthonynortontenor.com/about/

As you can see, Tony brings years of performing and teaching experience to the role and we are eagerly anticipating the new songs and direction that he will bring to the choir.

In Bernard Geary, Tony has a tough act to follow and we wish him every success.

Annual Christmas Concert

The much anticipated Wicklow MVC annual concert was again another major success attended by, and enjoyed by a near record crowd.

In addition to Wicklow MVC, the audience enjoyed the performances of reknowned soprano Cara O’Sullivan and also the excellent harp playing of the Sheridan Colohan Music Bursary winner, Siofra Ni Dhubhghaill. Siofra performed beautifully and was triumphant in a very tough competition to claim the €1000 prize and the opportunity to perform solo in front of the packed Wicklow audience.

Bursary

Our thanks must go to Eamonn Sheridan (pictured above with Siofra and Noel Geraghy of WMVC) of Sheridan Colohan, Insurance Brokers, Wicklow for donating this extremely generous bursary prize.

The night was a major success but was touched by an element of sadness as it was to be our last performance hosted by our excellent long standing (18 fabulous years) Musical Director Bernard Geary. Bernard has moved on to other projects and the choir wish him every success in all his endeavours.

 

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