Established in 2011 under the directorship of Ms Clare Kilkenny. We are a thriving and energetic choir with a passion for music. Our repertoire varies from different types and genres of music, suitable for all occasions.
To date we have performed at church and civil weddings, corporate awards nights, book launches and concerts. Our commitment to organising fundraisers to support local charities shows to date.
New members are greeted with a warm welcome and are well supported in becoming familiar with the choir’s material. Rehearsals take place in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA clubhouse on Tuesday evenings from 8:00pm to 9:30pm during the academic year.
The Kilkenny Choir, founded in 1992 by Philip Edmondson (musical director) has become a nationally recognised choral ensemble and their biannual concerts, which often feature professional orchestras and soloists, draw in appreciative audiences from across the county.
The Choir boasts a repertoire that spans musical works from Seventeenth Century composers Monteverdi and Bach to Twentieth Century Stravinsky and Britten. Comprising approximately 60 singers, membership is drawn from the entire south-east region and the group have collaborated with a number of other choral societies throughout the country.
2018 marks the year when The Kilkenny Choir passed the baton from its founding father, Philip Edmondson, to a new music director, Thomas Kehoe.
Participation in the choir affords members the opportunity to socialize with other music lovers whilst learning and enhancing their own musical skills
The Unity Singers was founded in Kilkenny in the latter half of 1967, about twenty in all formed the founding membership. It was intended that the choir would be representative of all faiths – hence the name.
Now firmly established as the city’s premier carol service, it regularly attracts full houses and has raised huge sums of money for local causes. On these occasions the Unity Singers are joined by members of St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir and by guest performers including Tanya Sewell (soprano) and the late Colm Murray (RTE). The esteem in which the choir is held locally is no doubt attributable to the commitment of its members, the quality of their singing and to the leadership and dedication of John O’Neill (musical director) and Joy Bibby (accompanist). We practice each Thursday night in St. Kieran’s College at 8.00p.m. and are always happy to welcome new Members.
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