The Duhallow Choral Society was founded in March 1996. The key to our success over the years has been a high level of dedication, training and commitment by each member thus enabling the choir to achieve a high standard of excellence while maintaining spirit vision and enjoyment. For people living in the heart of rural Ireland the choir offers opportunity to explore and challenge they’re many cultural talents and abilities. We have at all times engaged the finest musical director’s and accompanists, and support artists over the years. Presently our musical director is Ms Sharon Reidy a native of South Africa who has a distinguished musical training career and is now living in Co Kerry. Our Music is Sacred church / mixed popular/ classical and traditional.
We have been most honoured to have performed at the highest level, for dignitaries such as, President Michael D Higgins, Cardinal William Levada Rome, Senator Hillary Clinton and special invitation of the Irish American Legislators at the State Parliament Albany, St Patrick’s 5th avenue The Irish Famine Memorial Manhattan, Grand Central Station, and with the Fire men at ground Zero. We have also performed for former President of the European Parliament Mr Pat Cox at the parliament in Brussels and the Irish College Leuven.
Over the years we have toured Belgium, New York, Rome, Germany, Poland, and Wales, performing in many prestigious venues. In 2002 we made a CD and launched this to an audience of 1000 at City Hall Cork. As part of Kanturk Arts festival we have performed concerts with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and Ms Cara O Sullivan. Engaging with IRD Duhallow Bealtaine festival and the international Cork choral festival the choir have shared concerts with choirs from all over the world. At Christmas the choir presents a gala concert in Kanturk with the well known and accomplished soprano Miriam Murphy. 1916 was remembered and celebrated in collaboration with musicians from Sliabh Luachra Rochchapel,Mallow Toastmasters, and “Pards “Military enactors. The group also won first prize in the large choir category at Kenmare choral festival in 2012 and 2013 and Aims choral festival New Ross 2015. We are proud of our long history of performing numerous concerts for charity both regionally, nationally and internationally.
The Choir are most grateful for grant aid and support from IRD Duhallow European Leader funding, Kanturk Credit Union, Cork Co Council, and Local business support over the Years.
Musical Director, Sharon Reidy
Rehearsals are held every Tuesday throughout the academic year from 7:30pm until 9:30pm in Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk