New Inter-generational choir begin rehearsals in advance of Oranmore Arts Festival 2019

Oranmore’s first inter-generational choir Amhrán Mór held their registration day on Sunday in Scoil Mhuire National School where over 150 locals signed up to become involved, in many cases three generations of families arrived together, looking forward to this unique community experience.

The aim of this volunteer-led project is to make the ever growing area of Oranmore/Maree a closer-knit community where young and old interact and engage with each other as friends and equals. Over the next eight weeks of rehearsals, the plan is to put on a choir performance at this year’s Oranmore Arts Festival which takes place from 16th -19th May 2019.

Oranmore Choir

This new choir are very lucky to have the guidance of conductors Ronan de Búrca and Ronan Trainor. Ronan de Búrca is an experienced music facilitator as well as qualified Music Therapist who has developed a reputation in supportive voice work with age ranges from pre-school to adults even over 100 years of age. Ronan Trainor is an accomplished singer, guitarist and pianist with over 25 year’s music experience countrywide. He enjoys creating new acoustic versions of classic songs and has a passion for bringing people together to enjoy a good sing song.

‘We were delighted with the numbers that turned up to register their interest today. We are very excited that so many people are as enthusiastic as we are about the project,’ said Gillian Carey, volunteer organiser on the Amhrán Mór committee.

The first performance will take place on the Saturday, 18th May. They hope through bringing an inter-generational group together, bridges will be built within the community that remain far beyond the event itself. Rehearsals will commence on Sunday 24th March. You can follow their journey on Facebook – Amhrán Mór. For more information contact John Burke, Project Director; Olwyn Trainor or Gillian Carey, members of the organising team or Email: amhranmor@gmail.com for any enquiries.

Photos by: Michael Cannon

Oranmore Choir