It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and, here in Mullingar, one of the surest signs that the festive season is nigh is that Mullingar Choral Society’s Christmas concert will take place in the Cathedral of Christ the King on Sunday, 14th December at 7pm.
Choral Society President, Jimmy Dalton, says: “Our rehearsals for Sunday 14th are going very well indeed. We are looking forward to the big night and to teaming up again with our old friends, Mullingar Town Band, to make memorable festive music. As a special treat this year, we will also be joined by a young man whose star in the music world is definitely on the ascent, baritone Emmet Cahill. All in all, it promises to be a memorable evening for all our patrons, children and adults alike”.
This year, the Choral Society is breaking new ground, producing a CD of the highlights of its concert earlier this year with international star soprano, Ailish Tynan, and City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra. Jimmy Dalton again: “I can assure all our patrons that this recording is an absolute gem! Ailish’s voice is glorious, as ever, and the choir has never sounded better. We have selected twelve well-known pieces from our Spring concert, including Panis Angelicus, Nella Fantasia and Easter Hymn, in a collection that is sure to delight all music lovers”. The CD will be available for purchase, price €12, at the concert on the 14th and from all choir members.
It is hard to believe that the Choral Society is now almost fifty years in existence, having been formed in 1968 under the direction of Fr. Frank McNamara. Continuity has been key to the Society’s well-being and current Music Director, Fergus O’Carroll, is now in his sixteenth consecutive season. Accompanist and Deputy Music Director Fintan Farrelly has been with the choir even longer! Musical leadership has been enhanced this year by the addition to the team of Thomas Kehoe as Principal Guest Conductor. Jimmy says: “We are fortunate indeed to have the services of Fergus, Fintan and Tom. They ensure that the choir continues to be challenged to produce choral performances of the highest standard”.
And, speaking of choral performances, you are reminded that Mullingar Choral Society’s Spring concert will take place on Sunday, 8th March, 2015 in the Cathedral of Christ the King and will comprise major works by Brahms and Fauré.