A very Happy, Healthy and Musical New Year to all of you following The Orpheus Choir – Co. Cork!
This is The Orpheus Choir's tenth anniversary year and we are looking forward to it being a bumper year for the choir and, of course, for all its followers, now more than 150 of you!
First of all, we are delighted to welcome two new members into the choir – a soprano and a tenor – and hope that they will soon feel right at home with the rest of the gang! A former member of the altos, we are also delighted to say, is returning to the fold after a while abroad. Consequently, the ranks are now very nicely balanced with a total of nine sopranos, six altos, five tenors and nine basses!
|St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork City|
There are two concerts booked for the spring season. The first one in the First Fruits Arts Centre in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork on Saturday, 21st. March and the second, our 10th. Anniversary Opera Gala Concert in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork City on Saturday, 16th. May. Both concerts will feature quite a collection of famous arias and choruses from operas, some even semi-staged!, in collaboration with a young rising star in the Cork area, the baritone, Andrew Thomson, and the excellent pianist, Thomas Doyle. In St. Fin Barre's, we will also be joined by a female singer, who will perform the ever-popular 'Habanera' from 'Carmen' together with the choir.
The First Fruits Arts Centre, a project presented by the Watergrasshill Community Association, is a new, multi-purpose, 150+ seating arts centre located in the former Church of Ireland on the southern edge of the village. The modern theatre, built within the walls of the church, has been tastefully designed to recognise its architectural heritage, but the new section at the rear houses all the necessary modern facilities, including a cosy café. The proceeds of our concert will go to the Arts Centre to assist their fundraising efforts.
|First Fruits Art Centre, Watergrasshill|
But before that concert, we shall be attending the Cork International Choral Festival again this year, entering the National Open Competition for Mixed Choirs and singing in the hub of 'choral sociability', the Atrium of the Clarion Hotel, on Saturday, 2nd. May, 2015.
Hilary Reynolds - musical director