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Published on April 23rd, 2010 | by Will


Orpheus in St Finnbarre’s Cathedral

Its not just YouTube that is turning 5. Just before the Cork Choral Festival hits the town, the Orpheus Choir is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a Gala Charity Concert in St. Finnbarre’s Cathedral, Cork City on Saturday, 24th. April, 2010 at 8.15pm.

Despite the concert being in a Catherdal the group is noted for only performing secular pieces. From those humble origins, the group is often asked to perform at festivals. Another important landmark earlier this year was when Orpheus entered its very first choral competition, the Feis Maitiu in Cork and, came away with a third prize and a score of 85 marks.

The concert in Cork City will feature international soloists from The Netherlands and Bell-ringers from Cardiff and Cork starting the evening’s entertainment on a festive note with a peal of the bells of St. Finnbarre’s at 7.30pm. The proceeds from this concert are in aid of ARKive, a not-for-profit charity organisation, whose goal is to locate and gather films, photographs and audio recordings of the world’s species into one centralised digital library for the benefit of present and future generations. As such, it is sometimes described as the new Noah’s Ark, or the Noah’s Ark of the online era.

The choir has also enlarged its repertoire this year with some real choral ‘top-hits’ like the Chorus of Hebrew Slaves and the Monks’ Chorus from Verdi operas and the highly virtuoso ‘Come, gentle Spring’ and ‘Be now gracious’ choruses from Haydn’s beautiful oratorio: ‘The Seasons‘. Plenty of opportunity for the male-voices, female-voices and mixed-voice formation of the choir to show off what they can do!’

Actually founded in September 2005 by its musical director Hilary Reynolds with just twelve singers. The Orpheus Choir, as it is known today, was founded in Fermoy back in , together with a group of 12 enthusiastic singers, to try and create “something a bit different” – as Hilary puts it. “In those days”, she said, “we didn’t have enough singers to sing full harmony and we used to do all sorts of odd music, even getting women to sing bass!” ‘Now, in 2010, our first important landmark; our fifth anniversary”, Hilary continues,”we have 46 members and”…”no need of the women to sing men’s parts any more.”

Reservations and enquiries: Hilary Reynolds 087-7924105/ hhreynolds@eircom.net

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2 Responses to Orpheus in St Finnbarre’s Cathedral

  1. Niamh says:

    Sounds great Will-pity it’s so far away from me 🙂

  2. Will says:

    It was a brilliant concert.

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