Number 3. Tuesday, 21st. January 2014

The Choir holds an Open Evening 

On Monday, 27th January at 8pm in The Palace Theatre, Ashe Quay, Fermoy.

Everybody is welcome, FREE OF CHARGE, to come along to listen to the Choir practise. They are rehearsing a programme of songs, which they will be performing in a concert held in Knockanore's Community Hall on 1st February. This programme contains five of the Choir's most popular pieces.

If you like what you hear and think that you would care to join the Choir, please speak to Hilary, so that she can make a private appointment  with you. At this moment, the Choir is particularly interested in acquiring more sopranos, altos and tenors.

In the interval, refreshments will be served and there will be time to chat with Hilary and the Choir Members.

Number 2. Friday, 14th. January 2014

Guest Concert of The Orpheus Choir
in the
KGK Community Hall, Knockanore
Saturday, 1st. February, 2014 at 8.30 pm

The concert is in aid of maintenance work to the Hall and several other choirs, i.e. a choir from Youghal, the Castlelyons Gospel Choir, the Lismore Singers and possibly some solo performers will also be participating.The concert will be starting at 8.30 pm, after the Saturday evening Mass.

Knockanore is a rural village in County Waterford, situated approximately 9 miles (15 km) from neighbouring towns Youghal (County Cork) and Tallow (also in County Waterford).
Ulex europaeus (photo Internet)
The name itself is derived from the Irish Cnoc an Fhómhair, or Cnoc an Óir, which translates as "The Hill of Autumn'' or ''The Hill of Gold", an ode to the many yellow furze bushes which once were plentiful in the area. Today, the village and the surrounding parish serves agricultural purposes primarily and a significant percentage of local families have some connection with agriculture in Knockanore. It is a very ancient parish, being formerly known as the parishes of Kilcockan, Kilwatermoy and Templemichael. Knockanore is also situated on a designated scenic routeway.
The village itself is officially located within one linear mile, reaching from the townland of Kilcockan to the south to just above the hub of the village itself, on the northern side. Local facilities include a public house 'The Shamrock Inn,' a post office, a Catholic church and a national school. Currently a community hall exists beside the school and was officially opened on 15 May 2009. It caters for various community functions and events, as well as private school assemblies and games.

National School and KGK Community Hall, Knockanore
(photo: Hans van den Bos)
Knockanore is one of the 'United Parishes,' which collectively span a much wider area than the village itself. 
The other parishes are Glendine, which reach southwards almost to Youghal. To the northern side lies Kilwatermoy, which reaches almost to Tallow.

According to the 2006 census of population, there are altogether 890 persons living in the total area that the united parishes cover. 
Areas such as Kilcockan (incorporating the village of Knockanore also) and Kilwatermoy West have decreased in population very slightly since 2002, while areas like Templemichael/Glendine and Kilwatermoy East have seen a slight population increase since 2002. 
Population distribution is represented mainly by scattered settlement, given the rural nature of the area.

Travel directions to Knockanore:

Take the Tallow/Youghal road and, depending on your direction, take a left/right turn at The Pike (approx. 5 miles outside Tallow), which is signposted for Knocknanore, and drive straight on until you arrive at the village. The KGK (Knockanore/Glendine/Kilwatermoy) Community Hall is at the back of the National School.

Number 1 (Supplement) 3rd January, 2014

Spring Concert
St. George's Church, Mitchelstown
Friday, 30th. May, 2014 at 8.15 pm


The Orpheus Choir:                  
Haydn - Come, gentle Spring (from 'The Seasons')
Mendelssohn - An old romance
Elgar - My love dwelt in a Northern land
Macfarren - Orpheus, withhis lute

Andrew Thomson - baritone:
Mendelssohn - Lord God of Abraham (from 'Elijah')

The Orpheus Choir:
Moeran (arr.) - The Sailor and young Nancy
Reynolds (arr.) - She moved through the fair
MacCunn - Oh where art thou dreaming?
Vaughan Williams (arr.) - The Turtle Dove

Catherine O'Carroll - soprano:
Mozart - Recit: E Susanna non vien.. - Aria: Dove sono.... (from 'Le Nozze di Figaro')

The Orpheus Female Choir:
Mozart - Ricevete, o padroncina (from 'Le Nozze di Figaro')

Andrew Thomson - baritone:
Mozart - Recit: Bravo, signor padrone - Aria: Se vuol ballare (from 'Le Nozze di Figaro')

The Orpheus Choir:
Mozart - Amanti costanti (from 'Le Nozze di Figaro')


The Orpheus Choir:
Lauridsen - Sure on this shining night

Catherine O'Carroll The Orpheus Male Choir:
Verdi - The Monks' Chorus (from 'La forza del destino')

The Orpheus Choir:
Verdi - Chorus of Hebrew Slaves (from 'Nabucco')

Catherine O'Carroll:
Bizet - Habanera (from 'Carmen')

The Orpheus Choir:
Bizet - Vivat, vivat le Toréro! (from 'Carmen')

Andrew Thomson The Orpheus Choir:
Bizet - Toreador Song (from 'Carmen')