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Recent News and Concerts

 

Vienna Trip     .... by Joe Cashin

On Friday 6th May , the Waterford Male voice choir competed in the Franz Schubert International Choir Competition in Vienna. This was the 30th year of this prestigious choral festival, and the first time the Waterford choir will competed formally outside of Ireland. Among other countries participating in this competition which was held in the beautiful Wiener Konzerthaus were Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Russia, the Philippines and South Africa. At their first performance on Friday May 6th, the choir participated in the International Friendship Concert which formed such an important part of this festival.The Choir then competed in the International Choir Competition where they performed three contrasting pieces. For their third appearance, the choir performed in the International Gala Concert where the choir's VIP Guest was the the Irish Ambassador to Austria, Ambassador Mary Whelan.

As well as Schubert's beautiful 'Die Nacht', the choir performed 'Come the Sails' by Waterford Composer Sue Furlong with lyrics by John Ennis. They also sang two pieces in Irish as well as some modern pieces such as 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'New York, New York'.

  

 

 

Waterford Male Voice Choir, pictured displaying their new uniform following their recent concert in Waterford Treasures Museum. The Choir is grateful to Mr Tony Fitzgerald, of Fitzgerald's Menswear, pictured with the Choir, for supplying and fitting these smart new suits which they will be wearing on their forthcoming trip to Vienna

 

 

Rhythms In May   .......By Joe Cashin.

Following another very busy year the Waterford Male voice choir held a very sucessful end-of-season concert in the Tower Hotel on Wednesday 27th May. The concert featured WMVC along with a number of guests, which made for a fabulous evening of entertainment.The Choir opened the evening with a set which included a beautiful arrangement of words by Helen Keller-"that which remains", as well as the American ballad, "Shanandoah", and the evergreen spiritual,"Amazing Grace".

Lovers of Traditional music enjoyed the recently formed traditional group, "Croi agus Anam", who brought an Irish flavour to the evening, with soloists Kate O'Neill rendering some gaelic airs, including "Brid og ni Mhaille","O'Carolan's Draught" and "Gleantan Glas GuiDobhair"

Local soprano Donna Roche enchanted the audience with her singing of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "I Dreamed a Dream"

New Male Voice Group "Doran" closed the first half of the evening with their versions of "She moved through the fair" and "The Parting Glass". They also performed a beautiful version of the Sacred Words "Regina Coeli" which had been composed and arranged for them by their Musical Director Damien Kehoe.

The Second half was opened by local group "Strange Fruit". This highly talanted group of musicians have their roots in blues and soul music but also perform jazz and ballad. Their soloist Cliodhna Lily enthralled the audience with her interpretation of numbers such as "I'm on Fire", and "Anachie Gordon". The audience really appreciated this young singer's vocal mastery.

For his first apperance in WMVC Concert, Dominic McGorian, a member of the group " The Three Tenors Ireland", delighted the audience with his singing of "Nella Fantasia" and Simon & Garfunkel classic "Bridge over troubled Waters" Dominic then teamed up with Donna to provide a beautiful rendition of "The Prayer" by David Foster.

Under their musical director Cian O'Carroll and the choir's accompanist Cecilia Keogh, the WMVC closed the evening with a relaxed rendition of the Matt Monro number "Softly As I Leave You". they then changed into operatic mode with a rousing "Speed your Journey" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves by Verdi). the choir then showed their versatility by returning to contemporary style with a four-part arrangement of Robbie Williams hit "Angels". They closed the evening with a piece first heard during the tall ships Festival.This was the wonderful "Come the Sails" composed by Sue Furlong to the words of poet John Ennis, and especially adapted by the composer for the Waterford Male Voice Choir. This Stirring tribute to Waterford's Maritime History was received with tremendous applause and provided a perfect ending to a wonderful evening of music.

 

 From "News and Star" 9th June 2015 .

 

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WMVC "Gala Concert" at Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford

A very successful "Gala Concert" took place at Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford
on Saturday March 1st. 2014. Our special guests were the Milford Haven Town
Band from Wales, who were on a tour in Ireland. We would like to thank them for
providing such a wonderful energetic performance and received a well-earned
standing ovation from the appreciative Waterford audience.

This band was founded in 1974 and boasts 35 adult members. The band featured
in their concert music from the classics, film and their own renowned Welsh culture.
Their Musical Director was Mr James Voros.

This was a special fund raiser concert in aid of Christ Church, Tramore restoration
fund. This 167 year old church in Tramore has been showing signs of deterioration
over the past few years so much remedial work was necessary both inside and
outside the building. Over the past year much plasterwork was repaired on the inside.
as well as major work on pointing the stonework on the outside. The next phase of
the restoration project will be to repair the stained glass windows.

It was fitting that we were associated with this very worthwhile project, because our very
first public performance as a male voice choir took place on a very cold Sunday back
in February 2002 in Christ Church Tramore.

This concert was also special as it was the first public performance of a special
commissioned piece of music especially composed by local composer and musician,
Mr. Greg Scanlon, entitled “Ancient Wisdom”, to mark our upcoming trip to Rome.
The text of this beautifully sculpted piece was inspired from an Irish traditional
blessing and from prayers of Saint Francis and the “Lorica” of Saint Patrick.
WMVC would like to thank Greg for composing such a fitting piece to sing for the
Papa in Rome.

Once again we would like to thank the Waterford public for their continuing
support and for their generosity once again.

 The Waterford Male Voice choir’s repertoire for the evening was as follows :

Sunset Poem (1:50), Bonnywood Green (4:40), Down by the Sally Gardens (2:10),
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (4:35), Anvil Chorus (2:48)Pure Imagination (2:40),
Can't Help Falling in Love (2:30)

Pie Jesu (3:40), Adoramus Te - Palestrina (1:20), Ancient Wisdom - Scanlon (2:50),
Impossible Dream (2:55) Soon and Very Soon (3:15)

 

  WMVC Table Quiz

A very successful “Table quiz” took place on Wednesday, February 5th 2014 in “Mols
bar in Summer hill, Tramore. This was a special fund raising event to offset the many expenses of our trip to Rome. Specifically the funds were being used to cover the cost of transporting suits, suitcases, instruments etc. overland from Waterford to the “Eternal City”. Three of the choir, namely Michael Bohill, Tony Kavanagh and Eamonn Coady are the advance party who will undertake the long journey to Rome. We wish them a safe journey. The Quizmaster was Mr Liam O’Neachtain, who presented a very entertaining quiz to the well-attended event. The WMVC would also like to thank the many sponsors who helped us out towards the cost of our trip

 

Music at the Museum Concert

Music at the Museum had a treat in store for choral music lovers today (Sunday 13th October),as they hosted both the award winning Waterford Male Voice Choir (WMVC) and the Sweeney Toddlers on for the lunchtime concert at 12.30pm.

The WMVC were in great voice today performing the ever popular "The Impossible Dream" at a special lunchtime concert in the Medieval Museum, Waterford. "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" is a popular song
composed by Mitch Leigh,
with lyrics written by Joe Darion. The song is the most
popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and is
also fea
tured in the 1972 film of the same name starring Peter O'Toole.

This concert took place at the Medieval Museum and with concert ticket linked
to a 10% reduction on lunch and a guided tour of either museum
(Medieval or Bishop's Palace) for €2;
this offered an afternoon of music history, food and great value in Waterford City. Both groups
were in top top form and were very much appreciated by the large audience who attended.

This was the last chance to hear the Waterford Male Voice Choir (WMVC) before they head
off on this Tuesday, October 15th to perform with "The Paddy Cole All Stars Concert" in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. To be invited to perform i n the NCH, is an indication of how
highly regarded this choir is nationwide.

Repertoire for this concert and the National Concert Hall (N.C.H) includes the following --:
Sloop John B, Impossible Dream, The Priests Chorus, Pie Jesu, Pure Imagination,
Can’t Help Falling in Love, Soon and Very Soon, Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Performing also were The Sweeney Toddlers barbershop choir. Originally formed in 2002
when four members of Waterford City Choir decided to keep singing over the summer break,
they added a fifth member a year later. The group are made up of three O’Carroll’s (no relation), one Burke, one Scanlon and no Sweeney's.

The WMVC were conducted by Mr. Cian O'Carroll and accompanied by Ms Emma Scanlon.

We have no doubt that the WMVC will do themselves and their County proud on the stage
of the National Concert Hall on Tuesday night. This was Cian's first outing with the WMVC
as Musical Director. It was nice to see Niall and Sinead Crowley (Former MD and accompanist.)
in the audience, who spent over 12 years nurturing this male voice choir from its inception,
to one of the finest male voice choir in the country.