Bantry Community Choir strives to serve the community of Bantry and the wider community of West Cork through quality choral music performances. It promotes an inclusive environment of shared musical experience through it’s ethos of community, social interaction and participation for all.
The Choir loves to collaborate - this includes singing with John Spillane & the Claddagh Rogues as part of the nationwide First Fortnight festival. The choir has participated in the first West Cork Chamber Fringe Festival, performed alongside nine other choirs at the annual Celebration of Health Service Choirs and collaborated with Gamelan Spréacha Geala for the Skibbereen Arts Festival in 2017. The Choir love perform all round their native Bantry including for Culture Night and their annual Live Life and Sing concert.
Cór Cois Abhann is a large choral ensemble based in Cork City with an eclectic membership. Founded in 1990, the choir has long experience in both arts and light repertory and has performed all over Europe and throughout Ireland, including broadcasts, recordings and regular concerts.
Some of the more notable works given have included Verdi’s Requiem, when the choir opened the Cork International Choral Festival in 2018, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony (No.2), Durufles’s Requiem (Opus 9), Vivaldi’s Gloria, and The Faure Requiem, together with a very long list of smaller-scale repertoire. The Choir also performs Handel’s Messiah every second year.
The choir travels regularly and in words of one of the members. Past visits have taken the choir on tour to Budapest, Rome and Tuscany. New members are always welcome.
The choir was set up in 2013 to perform at the Dublin Fringe Festival and took off from there. Membership is open to anyone living in or around Dublin. The choir is proud to have performed with Aslan, Glen Hansard, and Danny O'Reilly to name a few, along with sell-out shows in the Liberty Theatre supported by Stephen James Smith.
Rehearsals take place on Thursday nights with an extra rehearsal or two in the run-up to a performance.
Your night unfolds before you like magic: you get a lyric sheet at the door, Sabrina and Bobby teach you the vocal arrangement, you end up sounding AMAZING & the video is recorded. Everyone has a ball and goes home feeling great about themselves!