Director calls time on Choral Society

Padraig Byrne

Published 10/12/2013 | 05:24

Choral Director of Carlow Choral Society, Blánaid Murphy (pictured) has decided to step down after 20 years in the position.

 The news rocked members of the society who have benefitted from her service for the past two decades.

Blánaid joined the choir in the Autumn of 1993 and since has guided them to over 96 performances. Her first major work in 1994 was Mozart's Requiem in St Clare's Church Graiguecullen.

Blánaid's enthusiasm and professionalism have brought the choir to high levels of choral expertise and notoriety, leading to invitations to perform all over the country and as far afield as Prague, Rome, Leipzig and even Tokyo.

Members of the society describe Blánaid's appointment in 1993 as the turning point for the society with concerts becoming more frequent, the repertoire more challenging and members being attracted from all over the South East.

Blánaid will conduct the Orchestra of St Cecilia and Carlow Choral Society one final time in a special performance of Handel's Messiah in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow on Sunday from 8:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at €20 with concessions at €18.

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