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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Gorey Choral group hits the high notes at Cork festival

Gorey Choral Group with their musical director Eithne Corrigan
Gorey Choral Group with their musical director Eithne Corrigan

Cathy Lee

Gorey Choral Group, the mixed voice choir based in Gorey, were delighted to take home second place prize at Cork City Hall after competing in the Cork International Choral Festival, in the national competition for light, jazz and popular music.

'The competition was very tough this year, but we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Cork. We got to listen to all the competitions over the weekend, and the Cork International Choral Festival is really an amazing festival,' said Clíona Woodbyrne, Chairperson of Gorey Choral Group.

'Eithne Corrigan, our musical director knows every voice in this choir and she chooses the music that adapts best to our voices,' said Clíona.

'We got a great response from the audience and we were delighted with our performance. I want to thank everyone for their hard work put in throughout the year, as well particularly to Tina Smith, who did the choreography,' said Clíona.

The adjudicators were impressed by the dedicated musical direction of Gorey Choral Group as well as their choreography.

The judges said that the unique choreography did 'not distract from the quality of the musical performance'.

The overall winners in the national competition for light, jazz and popular music were the Douglas Harmonia Singers, from Cork, but the Gorey group came out on top over Cork's The Barony Choir, Scrubs, CUH Workplace Choir, The Polyphonics, Java Ladies Choir, Forte Mixed Chamber Choir, as well as the Euphonics from Dublin, the Testostertones from Galway and the Vocem Darú, Durrow Community Choir from Laois.

Gorey Choral Group also took part in the Festival of Choirs, and this was something more relaxed for the group.

'The festival fills the town with music from top quality choirs, it is so unique,' she said.

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