Sunday 13th October, from the Music at The Museum Concert Series
Waterford Male Voice Choir was founded in 2001 and since its inception has created quite a stir in music circles in the South East. The idea to set up the choir came about when a few friends, who shared a love of singing, met in a local pub and decided the time was ripe to set up a group. They proceeded to meet on a regular basis and experience singing in a more formal setting. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. From an initial group of just ten members, the choir has grown from strength to strength and now boasts a membership of sixty. The choir performed in two concerts and competed in the New Ross AIMS Festival in its first year.
Since then it has performed in many local concerts including the annual Male Voice Choirs of Waterford Concert, performed with the Garda Band and various visiting international groups and has travelled abroad to perform in festivals in England and Wales. The choir has also had many successes in competitions; with first place in both the Arklow and New Ross Choral festivals. WMVC have participated in and received support from the Waterford City Council & Waterford County Council’s Arts & Cultural events; the re-dedication of the Luke Wadding Memorial & the Tall Ships festival.
Their concert for Music at the Museum was the choir’s first official concert under the direction of recently appointed musical director Cian O’Carroll. The choir look forward to a busy schedule of musical events for the 2013-2014 season with a trip to the National Concert Hall to perform with Paddy Cole to follow their performance at the museum.
Performing also on the 13th were The Sweeney Toddlers barbershop choir. Originally formed in 2002 when four members of Waterford City Choir decided to keep singing over the summer break, they added a fifth member a year later. Their rehearsals consist of having beer and snacks, discussing the issues of the day and occasionally doing some singing. When this happens, they are in a position to be guest artists at concerts in and around Waterford. The group are made up of three O’Carrolls (no relation), one Burke, one Scanlon and no Sweeney’s.