Over 1,000 singers will take part in the second Mayo International Choral Festival from Mayo 23-26 . Expect to hear singing from many genres, including jazz, pop, folk, barbershop, sacred, and some yet to be defined! Mayo will be the mecca for all music lovers.
The 2nd festival will take the form of over 40 male and female International, National and Mayo choirs participating on a competitive and non-competitive basis.
The event will include a number of evening and daily county-wide performances, as well as competitions and workshops.
International choirs include: from the US – The University of New Hampshire Touring Ensembles, from England – The Reading Male Voice Choir, from Wales – Cantorion Colin Jones, from Germany – Hendsemer Krischer and from Scotland – the Oban Gaelic Choir.
There’s a great representation from around Ireland including last year’s festival winners ‘Enchiriadis’ Choir from Malahide, back to defend their honour!
Seven community concerts will take place all over Mayo (8.30pm), with local and visiting choirs performing at each – Thursday 23rd May sees the festival opening concert in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport. On Friday 25th choirs and guest artistes will perform in concerts in Ballina, Ballinrobe, Ballintubber, Killala, Newport and Swinford.
Saturday sees the adjudications of the competing choirs – open to the public and it’s a great chance to see all the choirs singing at their best.
In between the competitions, choirs will perform short outdoor street performances and also at Mayo Memorial Peace Park, weather permitting.
At 8.30pm on Saturday, many of the prize-winning choirs will perform at the Gala Choral Concert, in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. During this event, all the choirs will sing two songs in unison, as a massed choir, the highlight of the festival.
Post entertainment with ‘The Lucky Pluckers’, featuring traditional Irish Music song and dance, and some funky tunes for those who want to step it out. On Sunday, everyone is invited to sing at the Dawn Chorus at Lough Lannagh Carpark Castlebar at 8am, and in Ballina on the new bridge at 5.15am.
For more info see www.mayochoral.com
Pictured above is Enchiridias Ladies Choir from Malahide, Co. Dublin, taking part in the Mayo International Choral Festival, 23rd – 26th May.