Cór Geal 2020
Cór Geal, in February 2020, celebrated, in dazzling style, its 10th Anniversary at the River Lee Hotel.
Little did we know that Covid-19 was coming down the tracks!
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a big impact on Cór Geal. The health and wellbeing of our members is a priority, so we seek to balance physical safety with continued choir activity, to support our members’ emotional well-being and sense of connection. Our last live rehearsal was in early March. We have not met as a group since then. Our plans for St Patrick’s day, for Cork International Choral festival and for a weekend in Bantry in May singing with another choir were all cancelled.
We introduced Zoom rehearsals and though none of us find them satisfactory, they have enabled us to keep the choir together. We attempted to get back to in person rehearsals in September but as the virus levels rose in the country this did not prove possible.
We rehearsed and performed “Be Still My Soul” virtually/online, which gave us great learnings of what we could do, online, in these times.
Deirdre O’Mahony, Denis O’Brien (Tenor) & Susan Manion-O’Brien (Piano) presented an afternoon of song – “Come Meet Again” – at St. Patricks’ Church, Whitechurch, on the 26th July – this was geared towards the elderly, vulnerable and their assistants, in our community
Cór Geal, ever innovative, in October 2020 began detailed planning for an online Christmas Carol Service. The carol service has been running in Whitechurch for 23 years with an annual attendance in recent years of some 800 people. Cór Geal grew out of it.
While rehearsing online and using “Virtual Choir” technology as well as the services of an audio-visual company, we will broadcast an adapted version of our service to the community and the world on Sunday 20th of December.
All funds raised from the 2020 Carol Service will be donated to the very worthy Cork Samaritans.
After that we may do a similar event coming up to St Patrick’s day, but let us hope for a vaccine and a return to normality.
STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY & STAY HAPPY
We’ll Meet Again
Cór Geal – Celebrating 10 Years
Cór Geal – Celebrating 10 Years Variety Concert
‘BRAVO’, 10th Anniversary Variety Concert, directed by Betty Fitzgerald and produced by Aisling Fitzgerald, took place on Sunday October 20th at the Cork Opera House.
This was announced at a press launch in City Hall by Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan.
Cór Geal and the wonderful Cór Geal Orchestra along with guest artist and YouTube sensation Father Ray Kelly of ‘Britain’s got talent’ fame, as well as comic actors Michael Ryan and Sean Kelleher, were among the line up for this Variety Show
The show stopping programme had a full house engrossed for the entire evening. The uplifting programme included favourites such as ‘Nella Fantasia’, ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Summertime’ as well as contemporary pieces from The Greatest Showman, and popular anthems from Ed Sheeran, Cold Play and many more.
“Nothing activates as many areas of the brain as music. Singing is a stimulating experience which triggers all sorts of positive energy in the mind and body, and social interaction is the best way to shake off the blues. Put it all together, and you get Cór Geal singing at its best.” Betty Fitzgerald Musical Director
A Magical and Rewarding Year, for all involved in Cór Geal
Cór Geal 2019
Cór Geal had a successful tour of Scotland for St Patrick’s weekend. This trip allowed us to share our Irish Heritage with Edinburgh and in Glasgow.
Betty Fitzgerald, our Musical Director, won the overall Barney & District Person of the Year Awards 2019 in December.
In June Cór Geal entered a collaboration with Junk Ensemble in Cork Opera House – a modern dance and music performance.
Cór Geal announced their forthcoming 10th Anniversary Variety Concert ‘BRAVO’, a celebration in song, which was launched in City Hall by Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan.
Cór Geal then commenced serious rehearsing for the 10th Anniversary Concert “Bravo” at the Cork Opera House, which was performed on the 20th October, to a “sell-out” audience. Fr Ray Kelly was a guest artist on the evening, and the event was attended by many dignitaries and was a roaring success.
The famous Whitechurch Christmas Carol Service was performed to two full congregations.
What a Magical Year
Cór Geal 2018
Cór Geal headed to Killarney for two nights Choir Workshop, where we stayed at the Killarney Park Hotel. The weekend was dedicated to learning new singing techniques, choreography as well as having some away time with our fellow choir members.
Cór Geal had a very pleasant fun night out at Douglas Inter-Choir Night in February 2018
Cór Geal hosted an exciting concert “A Celtic Celebration” during the St Patricks weekend in St Patricks Church Whitechurch, where we performed to a full house.
Cór Geal performed in Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral in the 2019 Cork International Choral Festival.
2018 was dedicated to developing and rehearsing a light entertainment variety concert, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary – Bravo was chosen for the title of this concert, and it was to take place at the Cork Opera House in 2019
Our no famous Christmas Carol Service, was the perfect round off to a wonderful year
Another wonderful year in the life of Cór Geal
Cór Geal 2017
Cór Geal, in 2017 had another exciting year for with so many varied performances which began with our 3 Sold Out ‘En-Cór’ concerts in Corrin Events Centre.
We partook in the fun, Heritage Day and launch of the Blarney Heritage Map and joined Linda Kenny, Ryan Morgan and Fr Ray Kelly in Cork’s North Cathedral for the ‘Alleluia’ concert of celebration. We joined our friends in Down Syndrome, Cork’s Field of Dreams for a few songs while presenting the group with funds we raised for this project.
December was an exceptionally busy month for Cór Geal. We performed in Cork City Hall for the sold out, Lord Mayor’s Christmas Concert.
Cór Geal, with Linda Kenny and Ryan Morgan, assisted Cloghroe church in their fundraising drive, with a concert ‘A Christmas Cracker’, before our now famous, Whitechurch Community Carol Service, where we performed three, packed out, services
We rounded off the year, on Christmas week, when we sang on the RTE show ‘Today with Maura and Daithí’ for their Christmas Party Special. WHAT A GREAT YEAR!
Cór Geal 2009 – 2016
In the early years between, 2009 and 2016, Cór Geal members kept busy through their involvement in projects such as social activities, the production of variety concerts, fund-raising, and choral competitions.
The initial trip to Vienna in 2009 was a key event in the life of the choir as it created extremely strong bonds between its’ members. These bonds subsequently contributed to the collective sense of strength, positivity, and “togetherness” that exist in the choir.
In 2011, Cór Geal staged its first full-length variety concert The Time of our Life. This concert was such a success that it paved the way for subsequent concerts, Viva La Música in 2013 and Shinein 2015, and led to the reputation that Cór Geal has for producing top class and exciting variety concerts.
During this period, the choir raised substantial money for many charities such as ACT (Aid Cancer Treatment) and St. Vincent de Paul, and for local community projects. Their most unusual and fun fund-raising project was the production of a “Feet and Faces” calendar to raise funds for the Motor Neuron Society in 2010.
Over the years, Cór Geal has had many successes in choral competitions in festivals such as Feis Maitiu, and theCork and Kenmare Choral Festivals, particularly between 2012 and 2016.
Between 2009 and 2016, Cór Geal developed both musically and collectively by seeking out, promoting, and accepting new challenges and opportunities. For example, the choir featured in the University Concert Hall with Red Hurley in 2013 and on TG4 in 2014.
A stunning example of its creativity was the production of its Four Seasonsconcert series during 2015 and 2016, to reflect the importance of community through the seasons.