Thursday, 15 May 2014

A String of Musical Pearls - that's us at 30 years

We named our 30th Birthday Concert "a string of musical pearls" in a moment of whimsey - but it turned out we were right. Sue chose a great program for us (see below), and we had a lovely audeince who seemed to appreciate it as much as we enjoyed singing it with Cavan Sinfonia.
From warm up to wrap up the evning was great - and how lovely it was to see former Directors (including the original!) Martin Cahill and Ciaran Tackney, and the choir's first Secretary Jeannette Gibbs in the audience along with former officers Eithne McKay, Noel Monahan and many more familiar faces.
Full report and photographs of the concert proper will follow - meantime here we are warming up (and checking our pearlies!).

Cavan Singers 30th Birthday Concert Programme

Conductor – Sue King

Accompanist – Eileen Tackney

Act One

Gloria – Vivaldi, arr. Hermann

Locus Iste – Bruckner

Cantique de Jean Racine – Fauré & Racine, arr. Rutter

Where’er You Walk – Handel

The Prayer / Lead us Lord - Bayer Sager & Foster, arr. Fettke

Les Miserables – Schonberg, Boublil, Natel & Kretzmer, arr. Lojeski

La Ci Daren La Mano - Mozart (Duet: Martina Lee Boyle & Brian McKeever)

Barcarolle - Offenbach (Duet: Martina Lee Boyle & Brian McKeever)

76 Trombones – Willson, arr. Stickles

Battle Hymn of the Republic - Ward Howe & Steffe, arr. Wilhousky

Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah - Handl


Act 2 - Accompanied by Cavan Sinfonia

Lascia – Handel, arr. Calmelet

Benedictus - Jenkins (Cello solo: Lynsey O’Neill)

Adiemus – Jenkins, arr. Hare

Ashoken Farewell - Unger (Instrumental: Cavan Sinfonia)

Danny Boy – Weatherly, arr. Flummerfelt

Isle of Hope – Graham, arr. Leavitt

Cavan Girl – Moore, arr. Tackney (French Horn solo: Evin O’Meara)

Cantar - Althouse

Viva la Vida - Berryman, Buckland, Champion & Martin, arr. Brymer

Bohemian Rhapsody – Mercury, arr. Brymer (Solist: Cian Conde)

Java Jive - Oakland & Drake, arr. Shaw (Soloist: Dermot McMonagle)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

"One Sleep More" until our Birthday concert....

Tomorrow night we will be performing our 30th Birthday Concert "A String of Musical Pearls", at the Hotel Kilmore at 8pm. We have a terrific programme planned, featuring our soloists Brian McKeever, Martina Lee Boyle and Dermot McMonagle as well as Cavan Sinfonia. Eileen Tackney will accompany us, and Directing us all will be Sue King.
The programme features songs we have been singing for 30 years (Java Jive, Cantique de Jean Racine), songs brand new to our repertoire (Adiemus, Benedictus from Jenkins's Mass The Armed Man), and everything in between. We will have songs for audience participation - don't foget your Messiah score if you wish to join us in the Hallelujah Chorus!
There we are pictured neatly lined up at our dress rehearsal - well, most of us!! Well done to photographer Lorraine Teevan for getting us into order.
Back Row L to R: Claire Harrington, Malachy McDwyer, Dermot McMonagle, Tom Flynn, Kevin O’Connor, Jim O’Leary, Brian McKeever, Tony McMahon, Peter Howard, Gerry O’Keeffe, Padraic Corley, Colm Ceowe, Aedín Browne
3rd Row L to R: Eileen Tackney, Dara Hume, Ben Charles, Janice Robinson, Dollé Cullivan, Anne Marie King, Eva Fiebelkorn, Liz Foster, Finuala Duffy, Gay Fannon, Lucilla O’Hanlon, Pauline Brady, Fidelma Sheridan, Sheila Cooney, Carmel Lewis, Mary Haren
2nd Row L to R: Áine Sullivan, Sally McKenna, Martina Lee Boyle, Mary O’Connor, Rachael Cullivan-Elliot, Mary Sullivan, Ann Smith, Marie White, Claire Finlay, Nora Kennedy, Tina Farrelly, Angela Costello
Front Row L to R: Claire Crowe, Orla O’Sullivan, Phyllis McMonagle, Bríd Brady, Selena Barry, Sue King, Frances Galligan, Carol Watson, Nollaig Amond Murray, Mags Amond, Áine Duffy, Liz Murray.