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A new choral symphony is born

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CLASSICAL COLLABORATION  Mayo Concert Orchestra and local choir Vocalessence are joining forces to perform together as Choral Symphony West.

A new formal structure is to be given to the musical partnership of Mayo Concert Orchestra and local choir Vocalessence, with future joint performances by the two groups taking place under the title Choral Symphony West.
During last year the two groups collaborated to perform the successful Vivaldi Spring Concert and the pre-Christmas Messiah concert at the Church of the Rosary in Castlebar. Now, with plans for the official launch of Choral Symphony West well underway, rehearsals are set to start for the new entity’s first concert in 2019. Due to take place in April, it will feature works by popular Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, whose best known works include Adiemus,  Palladio, The Armed Man and Requiem.
As the name suggests, Choral Symphony West will focus on classical music delivered in choral and orchestral form. Combining beautiful singing voices and instrumental music, the new choral symphony group will stage the works of some of the world’s finest composers, making it possible for local audiences to experience and enjoy prestigious cultural events right on their own doorstep.
Welcoming the new partnership, Kathy Fahey, Musical Director of Choral Symphony West said she has high hopes for the collaboration. “This is something completely new to Castlebar and Mayo, and my hope is that Choral Symphony West will enrich our classical culture and keep it well and truly alive within the region.”
Her views were echoed by Kay McGuire, Choir Chairperson, who said that audiences have been saying that it is lovely to be able to attend classical events of this calibre being performed locally by a local choir and orchestra ‘instead of always having to travel to Dublin to the likes of the National Concert Hall’.
The official launch of Choral Symphony West will take place in the near future. In the meantime, singers and musicians interested in getting involved in the group are invited to contact Kathy Fahey on 086 7931112.