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.
Kenmare (formerly Neidín) Chamber Choir, founded in 2008, is a hybrid chamber/community choir of some 20+ people of various different nationalities and a wide range of musical backgrounds and levels of expertise.
There is no audition to join and it is not a requirement to read music (several members don't). Its repertoire, in the classical idiom, consists of unaccompanied SATB songs from early 16th century to the present day. It meets once a week on Tuesday evenings between September and June and performs periodically in Kenmare and nearby towns. Within the limits of maintaining a balance between the parts, the choir welcomes new singers; at present (2020) it would benefit especially from sopranos and tenors with good sight-reading ability. 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.