For one year prior to COVID, GMIT Voices were a large staff choir. When the Atlantic Technological University came into existence in April 2022, a new Choir Director was recruited (the fantastic Fionnuala Hannigan Dunkley) and the staff choir was up and running again but with reduced numbers because many staff are still working from home. All of the members are thoroughly enjoying being back singing a wide variety of genres of music together on Tues/Thurs lunchtimes.
It was only set up in March 2022 by Musical Director Shane Farrell. They rehearse weekly in Loughrea and cover a variety of genres. There is no audition requirement, all Shane asks for is a love for singing and that you are up for having fun.
They are looking forward to where the future takes BRAVO Belles.
The choir is currently stepping up its contribution to the local community through more concerts and events. Cantairí Chonamara has a broad repertoire of short songs and longer choral works to draw from. It is also learning new pieces suitable for specific events. While the main focus is on classical works, the choir also has a range of lighter pieces in many styles.
The choir has travelled widely including tours to France, Italy Spain,and Iceland.The choir has had considerable success in competition most notably at the Cork Choral festival and the Derry Choral Festival winning various premier awards.
The choir has also hosted many visiting choirs notably the Estonion Philharmonic chamber choir and a number of choirs from the US and Europe.
The choir has also commissioned composers to write for them including David Hamilton New Zealand. Javier Busto Spain, John Buckley, Micheál O Suilleabhain to mention a few.
Cois Cladaigh has collaborated with many groups such as the Orlando Consort, jazz musicians Carl Hession and Mathew Berrill among others.
Coole Harmonies is a young choir founded in 2005 as part of Coole School of Music & Arts, Gort, Co. Galway for singers age 8+. The Choir, led by Noreen McDermott, Ph. D. Mus., meet every Wed evening for 3 x 10-week terms.
The choir has built up an exciting repertoire which includes classical, traditional as well as new pieces generally sung in SA or SSA. They have taken part in the Peace Proms in Galway accompanied by the Cross-Border Orchestra of Ireland and have entertained audiences at the Cork Choral Festival. In Dec 2011, Coole Harmonies has been invited to sing with Cois Cladaigh in the latter’s Christmas concert in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway. New members are welcome to join at the start of the first term in Sept and should contact Coole Music for details.
Galway Choral Association (GCA) was formed in 1998, initially as a boys’ choir. The choir is now a mixed adult choir offering amateur singers of varying ability the opportunity to come together, develop their musical and singing abilities and perform the works of the great masters. The choir rehearses weekly from September to May and aims to perform 2 concerts each year.
Many of the choir’s concerts have been themed as fundraisers for charitable organisations and, over the years, funds have been raised for many local and national charities, most recently Irish Red Cross supporting Ukrainian refugees.
The Association actively supports other local musical groups and international choirs by inviting them to perform with GCA at our concerts. Joint concert performances have included choirs from USA, Norway, France, Netherlands, Germany, UK and Luxembourg.
The Musical Director of the choir is Norman Duffy who has served in this role since 2009.
They performed and competed successfully in many concerts and competitions, including winning the 2015 National Workplace Choir of the year, under their Music Director Carmel Dooley. In September 2018, the choir welcomed Oranmore conductor/soprano Helen Hancock as Music Director and membership was opened up to local singers. The choir was runner up in Choirs from Ireland category at the Mayo Choral Festival in 2019. Live rehearsals resumed after the pandemic in September 2022 and performances since include Galway Mental Health Association’s Annual Celebration of Choral Music at St. Nicholas Church in October 2022. In December 2022, the choir performed a concert at Oranmore Library and sang carols at the Cancer Care West campus at UCHG.
St Nicholas' Schola Cantorum is the music department of St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, consisting of five choirs, with singers from all backgrounds. Its purpose is to provide music for the church liturgy, to educate singers in the choral art, and to enhance the artistic life of the church and city.