French Invasion!!

After the wonderful trip to Montigny, France last April, the choir is delighted to announce that Montigny Chorale Quatre Vents (C4V) have graciously accepted our invitation to come to Wicklow.

C4V, a mixed male and female choir, will be arriving on Friday 31st May and we have a very busy and fun weekend planned for the choir to enjoy. The highlight and centre piece will be a joint concert in Fatima Hall in Domican Convent, Wicklow under the auspices of the Wicklow Lions club on the evening of Saturday 1st June. Moneys raised will go to Wicklow Cancer Support. WMVC and C4V are delighted to be able to help this worthwhile cause and we would invite you to lend your support in attending what promises to be an excellent concert.

Other events for the weekend will include a Welcome Dinner hosted by WMVC, a trip to Glendalough and Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, an historic tour of Wicklow Town and Jail and an “Irish Night” of music, song and dance on the Sunday evening. You can be sure the craic will be mighty!!.

We expect another joint (free) public performance …….. keep an eye on this page.

 

 

Very Busy Spring For Wicklow MVC

The choir is on the road again over the next few months with a series of competitions and concerts.

First up, the choir is performing in concert in Glenealy Hall on Saturday 13th April to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Catholic Church in Glenealy. The choir is delighted to be invited to participate in this event. The choir is among a number of performing groups and it promises to be a very special occasion. We hope to be on stage for two performances of 20 minutes each.

This is followed by a weekend trip to compete in Cork International Choral Festival on the weekend of 3-5th May. This is regarded as the premier musical festival in Ireland with very tough competition and we travel with confidence that we can perform to the highest standards and do justice to all the hard work done by the musical director, committee and choir members in preparing for this event.

Sunday 19th May we are heading off to County Wexford to compete in the New Ross Choral Festival where we have been frequent winners of the Male Voice Choir competition.

And there’s more ……..

 

Wicklow MVC Take Top Prize In Arklow

We are delighted to share that WMVC competed recently in the Arklow Choral festival. The choir competed in two event – the Male TTB Naughter Cup and Male TTBB Paddy Fitzgerald Memorial Trophy. The choir sang “Locus Iste” and “Softly as I leave You” in the TTB competition, and “Oft In The Stilly Night” and “Soldiers Chorus” in the TTBB competition. It was the choir’s first public performance of “Locus Iste” and unfortunately we didn’t perform it to our usual high standards and deservedly were pipped by Ballinteer MVC to first prize in the Naughter Cup.

Despite the setback, the choir rose to the challenge in the next competition. The roles were reversed with Wicklow MVC coming in first and Ballinteer MVC coming in a close second.

Subsequently, we were pleasantly surpised to learn that we had won the overall Male competition, The Jimmy Fitzmaurice Award, as we had won the TTBB competition – which is regarded as the more prestigious event.

Well done to all who practiced so hard and performed in the events and special thanks to our Musical Director, Anthony Norton and accompanist, Yvonne Collier.

Best Wishes

The Choir’s best wishes go out to three members who have suffered serious injures in the past few months.  Larry Carey broke a bone in his leg in a freak accident about three months ago while serving on the Rescue Boat for Wicklow Swimming Club.  Noel Geraghty sustained very serious injuries to his shoulder, leg, foot and eye in an accident during a holiday to France in the Summer just gone.  Simon Forde also had an accident in the early part of the Summer and broke a bone in his foot.  Simon has fully recovered and Larry and Noel are now well on their way to recovery.  It was brilliant to see all three at our rehearsal on Tuesday last, the 2nd of October 2018. 

Wicklow Male Voice Choir Golf Classic 2018

Our main fundraising event of the year is the annual golf classic. This year 29 teams played on a beautiful day on 21st July 2018 and, as always, it was a most enjoyable event.  All choir members either entered a team or sponsored on the day and the Committee is very pleased with the great interest and effort made by everyone. A special word of thanks goes to Larry Carey who once again did so much work.

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