Longford County Choir seeks new members

If you have ever fancied yourself as the next John McCormack, Luciano Pavarotti or Maria Callas, then you will be happy to know the Longford County Choir are seeking new members.

If you have ever fancied yourself as the next John McCormack, Luciano Pavarotti or Maria Callas, then you will be happy to know the Longford County Choir are seeking new members.

Long established as one of the Midlands leading community choirs, the Longford County Choir meets once a week to practice.

Chairperson Ann Murphy told the Leader anyone with an interest in singing is welcome to come along.

“Anyone can join. We don’t hold auditions and beginners are very welcome. People shouldn’t think ‘I cant’ read music’ or ‘I haven’t done this before’; it’s a community-based choir not a professional one, although we like to think we come close to semi-professional at the end of it,” Anne said.

The first meeting of the year will take place Wednesday September 12 at 8pm in the Sylvia Dawson Hall in the grounds of St Christopher’s Services on the Battery Road.

The Longford County Choir’s highlight is the annual Christmas concert, held every year in aid of local charities. Last year, a huge crowd turned out for the performance in St Mel’s Centre. The Cathedral was the traditional venue for the annual event, prior to the devastating fire in 2009. In fact, the Longford County Choir gave one of the last performances in St Mel’s, just days before it burnt down in December that year.

One of the original members of the choir, Paddy Quinn, believes participating in the choir becomes addictive. “A lot of the original members are still with the group. Once someone starts it’s very hard to stop. One of the reasons, I suppose, is because we find it so uplifting.

“We try not to do run of the mill stuff and we’re lucky to have Fintan Farrelly as musical director, who is completely dedicated to the choir,” Paddy said.

The choir is represented by people from all walks of life and a wide variety of age groups.

“It’s not just about the singing; there’s the whole social side to it, such as organising trips away to concerts around the country,” Anne adds.

“It’s a lovely pastime, particularly for the winter. And of course, singing is good for the spirit.”