Cór Mhaigh Eo was established in 1994. Under the direction of Dr Brian Lennon, the choir sings a wide repertoire of sacred and secular choral music ranging from the 16th century compositions of Byrd, Victoria and Monteverdi right through to contemporary composers such as Whitacre, Lauridsen and Dubra.
Beside a busy local schedule of performances at masses and concerts, the choir participates at International Choral Festivals with great success and also enjoys travelling and performing abroad, having visited Scotland, Latvia, Italy, Spain and Monaco. The choir was part of the 120-strong Peace Choir in the Concert For Peace, Knock 2016, part of The Armed Man performance at the NCH in February 2017 with the RTE Concert Orchestra and both performances of Messiah in Knock in 2017 and 2018. The choir travelled to Pesaro, home of Rossini, May 2018 where they gave a joint concert with local choir “Coro San Carlo”
Rehearsals take place every Thursday 8-10pm. The choir performs a varied repertoire, mostly a cappella, ranging from early music to contemporary pieces, including a selection of spirituals and folk music. The choir has won numerous awards at festivals in Cork, Derry, Mayo, Limerick, Navan and Sligo, and also takes part in concerts for various charities. The group also really enjoys touring abroad and has performed in Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, France and most recently in England. New members are always welcome, especially at start of term in September or January, just contact us if interested! The choir is conducted by Laura Brogan, one of the founding members.
Mayo Chamber Choir (formally Ballina Chamber Choir) was formed in 2011. Under the direction of Felicity McElroy the choir performs a wide variety of music including a cappella part songs (Sacred and Secular), Jazz and Classics.
The multi-award winning choir enjoys participating in Choral Festivals with great success. The choir was part of the 120-strong choir in the Concert for Peace, Knock Basilica 2016, the Armed Man performance at the NCH and Handel's Messiah, Knock Basilica 2017 and 2018, all with the RTE Concert Orchestra. The choir hosts three concerts each year in Ballins Arts Centre and Ballintubber Abbey.
The group is highly regarded having won many accolades at Sligo International Choral Festival and at Cork International Choral Festival. The Moy Singers have performed for many dignitaries including: President Mary Robinson and President Mary McAleese in Aras an Uactaran.
Each year the group stages two major concerts, one in December "Carols by Candlelight" and a Spring Concert.
For many years the choir has travelled on several musical trips abroad, including Vienna in 1995 with a performance in the Schonbrunn Palace.
France 1997 where singing in the cathedral in Monaco was a definite highlight.
USA 2000 The Seiji Osawa Hall in Tanglewood was a wonderful experience.
Italy 2002 with a performances at the famous Villa Erba.