The Bealtaine Festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people. See below just some of the many musical events taking place this May!
Dawn & Dusk Chorus
The Bealtaine Dawn & Dusk Chorus events are festival favourites, which this year will feature Donegal’s Ceol le Chéile in a very special online collaboration with Ireland Unlimited and Aspiro choirs. Tune in to the Bealtaine social media channels on Sunday 30th of May for the premiere of this very special event, produced in partnership with Sing Ireland and in association with Donegal Age Friendly Programme
Are you part of a choir or singing group? Why not organise your own virtual performance this May? Use the tag #BealtaineDawnChorus and Bealtaine will share it on their social media platforms.
Intergenerational Folk Choir with Liz Clark
Musician Liz Clark will be hosting three stand-alone intergenerational workshops where participants will be learning and singing some of Ireland’s oldest and most beloved traditional folk songs. Many of these songs have been passed down generation to generation and this workshop will encourage family members of all ages to “get together” online from wherever they are, to learn and enjoy these songs together.
For added benefit, participants can record these songs at home on any smart-device and send to Liz, who will mix them together in recording software so you can hear you and your family singing together, from different places! Find out more and book online for €5 here.
Come Sing With Us: Open Rehearsal
You are very welcome to join an evening of friendship and song with the Move 4 Parkinson’s Voices of Hope Choir. The Voices of Hope was established in 2012 to help people with Parkinson’s Disease to live well with their diagnosis. As PD effects not only the person who has been diagnosed, but their loved ones as well, the choir welcomes people with PD, family AND friends.
"We fight PD, and sing our hearts out, together! Grab a cuppa and a bikkie, and join us as we sing some of our most beloved songs…and we do hope you sing along! We are delighted that our wonderful choir directors and outstanding artists Dara MacMahon and Honor Heffernan will be there on the night to give us a song!"
20th May, 7-8.30pm. Free to attend. More information here.
This is an online discussion of the Barbershop singing style, with Director Noreen O’Flynn, voice coach and all the members of Barbershop Chorus. The 40 minute event will track the journey of Notabelles from their many stage events to how they moved their singing and fundraising online during the pandemic. The event will capture the essence and spirit of what it means to be part of an energetic and dynamic singing group.
Free event, 8pm on 12th May. More information here.
Family Song Time
Presenting free online intergenerational singing sessions across the month of May for young people and their families to enjoy together. Featuring Alan Leech of Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Youth Choir, these sessions will feature lots of great songs loved by children, parents and grandparents alike and promises to be a very fun collaborative experience for all!
Sessions will take place on 4th, 11th, 18 and 25th May
3:30-4:00pm will focus on younger children (junior infants to 2nd class primary) and their families.
4:15-5:00pm will focus on older children (3rd to 6th class primary) and their families.
A joint initiative by Music Generation programmes in counties Leitrim, Louth, Offaly/Westmeath, Roscommon and Sing Ireland. Co-funded by the Music Generation Arts Council Partnership.
Music From Our Hearts
The RAMS in Rhythm (Retired Active Men's Social, Dublin) will sing their favourite songs, including country & western, traditional, and ballads. Members will record socially distant from their own front gardens using a sound system and hanging mics. A video will be made for public viewing on the 1st May.
Tipperary Sings! is a unique opportunity for families to connect musically at a time when so many are apart, and to create musical hubs in their homes. This multi-generational choir has connected different generations in a safe and meaningful way through a virtual family choir, led by musician educator Suzanne Buttimer.
Over a 10 week programme, members of this choir learned 10 songs in the safety of their own homes via virtual meet ups each week. They documented this process and during Tipperary Bealtaine they will share snippets of the work in progress, capturing Tipperary Sings from the viewpoints of the facilitators and the families involved. An inspiring initiative to witness, no doubt!
More Bealtaine Events
For the full listing of Bealtaine events taking place throughout the month of May, visit Bealtaine.ie