Sing Ireland National Singing Week

Sing Ireland National Singing Week, in association with Mental Health Ireland, will take place on the 10th -17th of October 2021.

Sing Ireland celebrates group singing during National Singing Week. Please support Sing Ireland and singers throughout Ireland by donating above.

Given the extraordinary times we are living in during 2021 and that singing and events are gradually returning, Sing Ireland is particularly encouraging that groups all over the country take part. Choirs, schools and other groups will mark World Mental Health Day (10th October) and also highlight the fact that choral singing is good for your mental health!

Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. The release of these endorphins can leave you feeling completely rejuvenated.

With studies showing that singing as part of a group can provide a wide range of wellness and mental health benefits, such as improving breathing, posture and muscle tension as well as lessening stress and anxiety, now is the time to get involved with your local singing group!

Sing Ireland has over 300 member groups (representing tens of thousands of singers), including children’s choirs, workplace choirs, youth choirs, hospital and care home choirs, choir clubs, university choirs, church and cathedral choirs, choral societies, and choirs for those in older age or active retirement. Whether it’s singing popular hits, classical, jazz, Gregorian chant, hip-hop, gospel or folk – there is a group to suit everyone!

Get Involved

Sing Ireland asks choirs to send in their events - it could be an open rehearsal, concert, live-streamed event, a performance streamed online, or an online sing-along! (Group meetings for rehearsals/performances must adhere to government guidelines for numbers and risk mitigation measures).

Sing Ireland is also asking for groups to submit any virtual choir performances they may have put together that they would be happy for Sing Ireland to share during National Singing Week. This will result in two youtube playlists being shared throughout the week.

To submit an event please do so HERE

To submit a recording please do so HERE

Some 2021 events include:

Online

'Gathering Hearts' Online singing with Tembre
Join our Online Singing Community ‘Gathering Hearts’ for World Mental Health week in Ireland 2021
Hosted by Tembre from her home in County Clare. Ireland.
Songs to inspire and soothe your soul with Tembre de Carteret
‘It’s a life-line’
‘Absolutely invaluable!’
‘Good warming energy’
‘It’s made a huge difference to my wellbeing, don’t know what I would have done without it!’
‘Connection – community’
Wednesday, October 13th 2021
from 12 noon – 1pm BST (Ireland ) on Zoom Register now.
Registration link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkf-2hpz4pHdY-lM9cW0GpgKK4IzuABoKp
A collection of original songs and community songs will be taught by Tembre in an easy and inclusive way, full of luscious harmonies and inspiring words for the middle of your week. Lift your spirits and connect with others through song.
All voices welcome no experience needed. All songs are taught by ear in a call and response pattern making it easy to learn and remember. As with the nature of online singing, when tembre is sharing a song on Zoom, all participants are muted while singing. Tembre leads alongside a recorded version of the songs with harmonies. Everyone can be unmuted in between songs and at the end if you wish to stay for a short time in ‘Break out rooms’, to meet and share with some people in smaller groups you are welcome.
Registration and donation required, sliding scale option of between €5- €15. Bank transfer an option on request.

Go to www.tembresong.com for more details

Sing Yourself Better: Launch of the living map of singing for health and wellbeing groups in the Republic of Ireland

Sing Ireland and the University of Limerick warmly invite you to the launch of the Living Map of Singing for Health and Wellbeing Groups in the Republic of Ireland on Friday 15th October at 10am online (Register HERE). The event will be launched by Liz Nolan of Lyric FM and will feature singers from the Meath Community Unit Choir.

Researchers in music therapy at the University of Limerick have mapped all Singing for Health and Wellbeing groups in the Republic of Ireland. Led Dr Hilary Moss, they focus on community-engaged research that explores the contribution music can make to health and wellbeing. In 2020 -21, researchers at UL contacted 2,736 Irish stakeholders with links to singing for health and wellbeing, collecting data on singing groups and choirs across the country. The results, presented here, form a national and international public resource for singers, referrers, policy makers, carers and other stakeholders invested in singing for health and wellbeing. Several gaps in provision have been identified and it is hoped that data contained here will encourage more people to try singing for health and wellbeing, provide compelling evidence for investment in new services and encourage stakeholders to establish groups in areas of low provision.

This project is a unique collaboration between Sing Ireland and the University of Limerick. Sing Ireland strategically seeks to enable and enfuse singing as a means to enhance people’s lives throughout Irish society and in a multitude of health and well-being settings.

While there is a growing body of evidence around the social, psychological and physical benefits of singing, there is a paucity of national maps of this nature. This resource is the first-ever national mapping of group singing for health and wellbeing in the ROI and one of few internationally. It serves as a roadmap for people wishing to sing for their health, establish or improve service provision and network with others. We hope that this map encourages high quality practice and investment as well as providing a useful resource for all living in Ireland.

Please do join us to learn more about this useful resource and celebrate the role of singing for health and wellbeing.

Television


David Brophy's Frontline Choir
is one of the series in the new Factual season on RTÉ Television

New series starts this Sunday

David Brophy has assembled a remarkable new choir to give voice to those who worked tirelessly on the frontline during the pandemic.

David Brophy's Frontline Choir | Sunday 6.30pm RTE One

Dublin

Gabrieli’s Oedipus Rex
All Hallows Chapel, DCU, Drumcondra
10 October 2021 3:00pm–10 October 2021 4:00pm

Chamber Choir Ireland present Gabrieli's Oedipus Rex, originally composed for the 1585 revival of Sophocles' Ancient Greek masterpiece.

Taking on the role of the Greek chorus, the singers of Chamber Choir Ireland tell the tale of Oedipus, King of Thebes, as he hunts for the man who murdered the predecessor to his throne.

As the mystery unfolds, Oedipus uncovers what we, in the audience, know to be true, that he is doomed to the ironies of fate. He has already unwittingly fulfilled the prophecy delivered to him by an oracle long ago: that he would one day kill his own father and marry his mother.

Led by Artistic Director Paul Hillier, Chamber Choir Ireland perform this rarely heard work, Edipo Tiranno, offering all the best of Ancient Greek storytelling and Italian renaissance music, in what is a notable example of Gabrieli’s subtle and expressive use of harmonic colouring throughout.

Proudly Supported by the Arts Council.

More information HERE

American Tunes - Lady Barbalade and Midtown. Friday October 15th

Please Note : This is an indoor event. In order to comply with government guidelines and regulations, all ticket holders must be fully vaccinated or recently immune.

Lady Barbalade, champions of Irish Barbershop, are celebrating their return to singing with some very special guests, the gentlemen of Midtown quartet all the way from the USA. The two groups are bringing their “American Tunes” Tour around Ireland and finishing in the beautiful surroundings of the Irish Institute of Music & Song in Balbriggan.

Come and hear a fantastic night of top-quality a-cappella singing from two extraordinary groups. Enjoy beautiful renditions of classic American songbook tunes, toe-tapping jazz and lots of fun and laughs.

Tickets include a pre-show cocktail and a post-show Q&A with the artists.

More information HERE


Clare

Sing To Connect with Maria Wood
Singing for wellness, connection and fun. Easy songs in unison and harmony. Suitable for total beginners or more experienced singers.
Thursday 7th October, 7pm.
Free event.
Old Ground Hotel, Ennis



Garden Singers with Tembre

Garden Singers with Tembre ‘in person’
Community Singing in Scarriff Community Gardens. East County Clare
On Tuesday 12th October from 12 Noon to 1pm
Songs to inspire and soothe your soul for connection and community in a relaxed and inclusive space.
€10 per session.
We are limited between 20-25 happy singing people each week
In a large open circle out in nature in a sheltered outside space
– Booking & Payment in advance essential.
Scarriff Community Gardens. Back of Scarriff Community Co-op. County Clare. Ireland.
Singing together in community while at the same time respecting social distance.
• Singing in person limited to 20-25 happy singing people with distance.
• Singing outside under shelter rain or shine.
• Booking essential & payment in advance, full refund if event cancelled.
• Original & community songs – All voices welcome.
• Booking in advance is essential: pay €10 per person to attend.
Contact Tembre through www.tembresong.com to book a place