The Academy Chamber Choir (under the auspices of The Academy of Music in Tullamore) claimed the top prize at the Navan Choral Festival recently, when under their conductor Ciarán Brady they won National Choir of the Year 2012.
The choir had a long and busy day competing in four competitions against some of Ireland’s best known choirs. The Academy Chamber Choir started the day on a high (note!) when they came second in the Mixed Voice Choirs competition. Delighted with this achievement they went on to compete in the Sacred Music competition which they in turn won.
With only half an hour to enjoy their well deserved victory the choir threw themselves straight into their next competition – Early Music. Again they did the midlands proud and won this category as well. Having two victories and a second prize from their three competitions thus far in the day, The Academy Chamber Choir’s confidence could only have grown.
The Academy Chamber Choir gave a stellar performance of Irish composer Colin Mawby’s Angelus Domini and internationally acclaimed composer Eric Whitaker’s With A Lily in Your Hand. This now ranks the choir among the top choirs in the country. The Academy Chamber Choir was founded in September 2008 as part of a performing groups initiative undertaken by The Academy of Music in Tullamore. For those who would like to see them, they perform in St Patrick’s Church in Moate on June 10 at 3pm and at 11am mass at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday June 17. For more contact Ciaran on 086 0678250.