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Former Musical Director : Niall Crowley

Born in Waterford, Niall started conducting at just 19 years of age when he established a boys choir in his hometown. As well as being Musical Director of the WMVC, Niall is also a conductor within the Waterford Institute of Technology's award-winning Choral Music Programme. Here Niall conducts the Waterford Boy Singers and the WIT Youth Choir-'National Youth Choir of the Year' at the Cork Chorl festival in 2009 and 2010.

Niall is currently conductor of Cambiata Voices, one of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and is also a guest director of one of Ireland's premier chamber choirs, Ad Hoc Chorale.

Niall graduated with a BA in Music from Waterford Institute of Technology and won a scholarship to the University of Limerick to further his research on choral music.He was awarded a MA in Musicology and now works as a music lecturer and a singing teacher in WIT in addition to his choral appointments.

Niall is in demand as a tutor and presenter on singing, choral and conducting courses throughout Ireland.He has worked with the Irish Youth Choir, Irish Boy's Choir and tutored on the Association of Irish Choirs Summer Conducting School amongst others. Niall also regularly delivers courses to Primary Teachers in the South East region on 'Music in the classroom' and conducting.

Former Accompanist : Sinead Dempsey

Is the Assistant Director and accompanist of the Waterford Male Voice Choir and is a graduate of W.I.T. She currently teaches piano and musicanship in the W.I.T. Music school and also directs two of the Music School choirs, including the Waterford Larks.

Sinead is much in demand in the Waterford area as an accompanist for soloists and choirs for concerts, exams and competition performances.

Sinead specialised in performance for her BA Mus. She has studied in the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Hungary and is currently working towards an MA in Music Education from the Universaty of Reading.

In 2009 Sinead worked as assistant director of 'Children's Voicesof Ireland ' a cross border, cross-community youth choir based in Belfast. In 2010 she was awarded the Conductor in Training position with the National Chamber Choir and the Irish Youth Choir.

The Commitee and members of WMVC  would like to acknowledge the huge commitment given by both Niall and Sinead from the foundation of the choir in 2001. We would like to say a Big THANK You to them both for their enthusiam, expertise, commitment and fun which they brought to the choir.

 

 

Our "A Night at the Opera" Gala Concert

 

took place on Thursday 30th May,2013 at the WIT Concert Hall, Waterford.
We were delighted that the concert was fully booked out and it was a huge success.

The Waterford Male Voice Choir (WMVC)  now one of the most prestigious male voice choirs in the South East has grown from a group of friends who initially met to share their love of music.

The
WMVC  have been singing in unison with their musical director Niall Crowley for over 12 years. Last May we took a departure from our usual end of season concert and organised a special  Gala concert and called it  "A Night of Opera".

This year's concert  "A Night at the Opera" sees the choir join with the WIT Symphony Orchestra also under the direction of Niall. The evening will also include "The Angelus Chorus" by Waterford composer William Vincent Wallace.

For the evening the choir was joined by the well respected Waterford choirs; Voci and the Edmund Rice Choral & Music Society. It' s rewarding for the choirs to share their ' evening of song' with one another and harmonise en force. We would like to say a special "Thanks" to our guest soloists  Bridget Knowles(Mezzo Soprano), Roisin O`Grady(Soprano) & Eoin Power(Baritone) for some special memorable moments.

This was an emotional night for all of us in the choir, as it was NIall Crowley's (Our Musical Director) last time take the baton.Niall has been with us since our inceptrion and has nurtured the choir to its present position of one of the leading Male Voice Choirs in Ireland.

Tickets were €15 & €12 concession and were available from Cahills`, Main Street Tramore, all choir members & from the WIT Music School Office.

Programme of the evening.

Click on item to hear a recording of the musical piece.

Wallace – ‘Overture’ from Maritana - WIT Symphony Orchestra
Gluck –   ‘Che faro’ from Orfeo et Euridice - Bridget Knowles & Róisin O`Grady
Weber –  ‘Huntsmen’s Chorus’ from The Flying Dutchman WMVC
Mozart – ‘Priests Chorus from The Magic Flute- WMVC
Mozart – ‘Sull’aria’ from The Marriage of Figaro- Bridget Knowles & Róisin O`Grady
Bizet –   ‘Toreador Song’ from Carmen  WMVC Accompanied by Eoin Power

Interval

Gounod  -  ‘Soldier’s Chorus’ from Faust - WMVC
Wagner  -  ‘Pilgrims Chorus’ from Tannhäuser - WMVC
Gounod –  ‘Je veux vivre’ from Romeo & Juliette - Róisin O`Grady (Soprano)
Mascagni – ‘Intermezzo’ from Cavalleria Rusticanai- WIT Symphony Orchestra
Delibes –   ‘Flower Duet’ from Lakmé- Bridget Knowles & Róisin O`Grady
Verdi –     ‘Anvil Chorus’ from Il Trovatore  WMVC + ladies choirs
Wallace – ‘Angelus Chorus’ from Maritana- WMVC + ladies choirs

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AIMS Choral Festival 2013
The 29th AIMS Choral Festival took place in New Ross from the 17th to the 19th May 2013.There were over twenty competitions across two days for Junior and Adult choirs and musical societies. The AIMS Choral Festival is noted for its high competitive standards set by our renowned panel of adjudicators together with its friendly informal atmosphere. Overall, the festival attracts over 1,000 participants with the best of choral music in all its many forms.

As in previous years the festival is open to any choir from any country in ten of its twelve choral categories. Two competitions are confined to AIMS. Competitions take place in St. Michael’s Theatre on South Street and the nearby Parish Church of SS. Mary & Michael

 

We were delighted to win the “Pageworks Waterford Trophy” for  Male Voice Choirs.
We sang two contrasting part-songs of own choice. On the day we sang:

Click on title to hear a recording of the pieces :

 

1.     Gounod  -  ‘Soldier’s Chorus’ from Faust 

 

2.     Mozart – ‘Priests Chorus from The Magic Flute- 

 

We also competed for the “Whitten Haslam Memorial Trophy”,which is a Sacred Music competition , open to all choirs. We finished a commendable joint 3rd out of 14 choirs.

On the day we sang:

1. The Lord's Prayer (Our Father): A Russian Orthodox Liturgical Work by Nikolay Kedrov, Sr.

2.  ‘Pilgrims Chorus’ from Tannhäuser -Wagner  

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The 1848 Tricolour Celebration

The 1848 Tricolour Celebration is a cultural and historical event, which commemorates the
first unveiling of the Irish Tricolour flag
by Thomas Francis Meagher at 33 the Mall in Waterford
city. The highlight of the annual event is the official military flag raising ceremony,
which was held
on Sunday the 10th of March, 2013.

The WMVC choir sang at this event.

Despite the wind, the rain and the sub arctic conditions, we gave a trojan performance, as we shivered in our boots on the steps outside the Waterford Crystal Building on the Mall. Well done to all who braved the elements.Many members were seen afterwards nursing hot whiskies to re-invigorate themselves after their ordeal. Mighty men.

Our repetoire on the day was :
Amazing Grace : The Pilgrim's Chorus : The Battle Hymn of the Republic


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Christmas Concert 2012 at Franciscan Friary

Our annual Christmas Concert took place this year on Friday, December 7th, 2012 in the Franciscan Friary, Lady Lane, Waterford. The concert featured Voci Ladies Choir,Waterford Christmas Brass, WIT Youth Choir, Jena McCarthy - Kent (Flute) and of course the Waterford Male Voice Choir. The feedback and comments after theconcert were very positive and a very enjoyable night was had by those who attended. It was a fund raising concert in aid of the "Day Care Centre". Lady Lane, Waterford. A very large crowd attended and they donated over   €2,500 towards the appeal. We would like to thank the people of Waterford for once again coming out in such large numbers to support us and for being so generous.


Mental Health Week
The WMVC choir sang at Mental Health Week  event held recently in City Square Shopping Centre, Waterford City on  October 12th 2012, between 1 pm and 2pm.,where the large crowd of shoppers very much appreciated the wide selection of melodies performed by the choir. It was lovely to see many joining in and enjoying themselves.

 Joint Concert in Ballyduff Church.

A joint concert with Lancaster Bible College Choir, USA took place in Ballyduff Church, Kilmeaden, County Waterford  on Tuesday 13th March 2012.

Our visitors sang a beautiful selection of popular melodies and introduced us to many new ones. We were delighted to have partaken in this fundraiser for the developement of the Ballyduff Comunity Hall.

Sacred Heart Church

WMVC sang at Mass in Sacred Heart Church The Folly Waterford on Sunday  March 18th. 2012.
The congregation appreciated the Choirs participation at their gathering.

Christmas Concert 2011

The Choirs Christmas Concert in the Franciscan Friary was one of the highlites of the music scene in Waterford at Christmas. The beneficiary of the marvelous concert was the local Branch of the Alzheimers society. The WMVC was supported by Coir Fear na nDeise from Ring, Aisling Douris violonist,soprano Ruth Gallagher and the boys and girls in the Waterford Larks and Boy Singers from Waterford Institute of Technology..

Joint Concert with Weybridge Male Voice Choir.

In October the WMVC hosted the Weybridge MVC on their short tour of County Waterford. Weybridge performed in Dungarvan with some excellent local choirs and had a joint concert with WMVC in Christchurch Cathedral,beneficiary being Church of Ireland Tramore Building Fund.

We look forward to renewing our acquaintences with Weybridge MVC in the future.

The Tall Ships Races June 2011

The WMVC were very busy leading up to and during the 4 day event. As well as performing on Thursday evening, many members of WMVC also took part in the Festival Choir, which performed at the opening ceremony of the Tall Ships Races on Thursday afternoon. 

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