The Dingle New-Music Choir and Orchestra was founded by its conductor, Gábor Péli (Bmus) in September 2014. The Dingle New-Music Choir and Orchestra strives to perform newly written and old repertoire of art music for mixed voiced choirs accompanied by the orchestra and strives to perform solo orchestra repertoire of art music.
It also seeks to preserve the local heritage of poetry, song and folklore involving the commission of local composers and artists with emphasis on the Irish language. It aims to promote, encourage and train its vocalists and musicians. Simultaneously it aims to foster a social interaction for its members who support its musical aims and objectives. The choir and the orchestra are committed to perform monthly in the local church at Saturday evening Vigil mass. The choir and orchestra will always be part of the community and will welcome all individuals without exclusion.
Choir practice is on Monday night at 6.15pm-8.30pm, Orchestra practice is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm-9.00pm in An Díseart, Green Street. Basic theory, music reading and rhythm classes are organized when requested or needed.
The Dingle New-Music Choir and Orchestra performs at least two major recitals usually in December and in April/May.
Since then it has nearly tripled in size. It has members from several different nationalities and a wide range of musical backgrounds: there is no audition and it is not a requirement to read music (several members don't). It meets once a week on Tuesdays between September and June and has given a number of concerts in various locations in and around Kenmare. In 2013 it won a discretionary award at the second Kenmare Choral Festival. Its repertoire, in the classical idiom, ranges from early 16th century to the present day. The choir welcomes new singers, especially altos and tenors. Its main aims are to achieve a good and satisfying standard of music-making and to have fun.
Opus '96 is an amateur 4-part SATB choir, performing a very wide range of choral music from early sacred to contemporary secular. Found in 1996, they perform regularly in many venues around Kerry, with the highlight being the annual concert in Muckross House and Gardens in Killarney every Christmas.