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New choir are tuning up for first concert

Published 11/06/2013 | 05:24

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A new adult choir that grew from a Carlow Active Retired intergenerational project will hold their first concert on Saturday, June 8.

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The newly formed choir grew from Carlow Active Retired Association's intergenerational Choral Project last year titled 'Sing! Sing a Song' which brought together active retired groups and transition year students from Carlow, Bagenalstown and Borris.

Towards the end of 2012 two members from the project Caitlín McCarthy and Mick Daly approached Mary Amond O'Brien to see if was possible to do the project again this year.

'Many of the members had expressed an interest in resuming the weekly sessions with a view to a performance at the end of it,' said Mary Amond O'Brien, who is part of the artistic team behind the group.

Since early February 2013 over 60 members have been coming together in Éire Óg Clubhouse every Friday afternoon for two hours.

During these two hours the group along with their team of Mary Amond O'Brien, Marian Gaynor and Imelda Andrews engage in breathing exercises, physical exercises, singing and of course the important cup of tea and a chat.

'Many members acknowledge how they look forward to their weekly session and how they feel uplifted and energised after the sessions,' she added.

'Sing! Sing A Song' takes place in St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Castle Hill on Saturday, June 8, as part of the opening night events of Carlow Arts Festival. The choir will be accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble under the direction of Ollie Hennessy.

The concert starts at 7 p. m, door open 6.30 p. m. Tickets cost €10 / €8 and Family €25 (2+2) are available in Newsworld, Burrin Street and on the door on the night.

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