Cór Geal 2021 – Nothing’s gonna to stop us now!
In a normal year Cór Gealwould be meeting every Wednesday and preparing for competitions and concerts to take place throughout the year. But 2021 is not a normal year. The presence of Covid-19 has had detrimental consequences for many and has challenged us all very deeply. We could just give up. But Cór Geal has refused to remain silent. To overcome the challenges of Covid-19, the choir has continued to learn, sing, and record new songs from their own homes, and from their hearts.
To support everyone’s sense of well-being through the pandemic, we all need time to think of others, perhaps to pray, and of course time to laugh and dance. Betty Fitzgerald, our Musical Director has chosen a Spring programme that gives us all of these.
Therefore, we have recorded three songs for your pleasure and for ours:
1. “May the Lord bless you and Keep you” by John Rutter, a beautiful peaceful prayer of blessing.
2. “They all Laughed” By George and Isla Gershwin – a bright up-tempo piece with a message of resilience and determination. This song was originally performed by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
3.“Forever Country” by Marc Huff, a medley of famous country hits based on the song “Take me home Country Roads” that will help us to get “Back on the road again” and look forward to a bright future with hope in our hearts.
Autumn / Winter 2021
In the Autumn we start work on preparing for our next big Cork Opera House Concert – so put the date in the Diary – Saturday 16th of October 2022. In October 2019 we filled the Opera House and over 900 people enjoyed our wonderfully successful and glamorous variety concert.
And of course, we will have our Carol Service on the Sunday before Christmas. This year the online version was watched over 4,000 times on YouTube. Hopefully, we will be back in the church for 2021.
This being Cór Geal– who knows what else might pop up in the meantime, so keep an eye out for unanticipated musical pleasures!
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!
A Pandemic Spring
Once the Pandemic hit and we realised this was going to go on a bit, we introduced Zoom rehearsals and though none of us find them satisfactory, they have enabled us to keep the choir together.
We rehearsed and performed “Be Still My Soul” virtually/online, which gave us great learnings of what we could do, online, in these times. This was our first ever virtual choir piece and our audience loved it.
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 normal 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.
In December 2020 we premiered our Virtual Carol Service on through our newly developed website – www.corgealchoir.ie – & on YouTube as well as Facebook and Instagram.
We had over 5,500 views and reached many more people, not only throughout our own community, but all over Cork and Ireland as well as in many countries such as Germany, France, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA, and raised almost €9,000 for the “Samaritans” listening service.
It gave us huge satisfaction and enjoyment, and we hope enjoyment for those who tuned in.
STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY & BE HAPPY
Whatever 2021 brings, we are up for it!
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.