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Academy Chamber Choir
Choir of The Year 2012
The Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir was founded in
September 2007 as part of a performing group’s initiative undertaken by The
Academy of Music in Tullamore.
Each Choir member has a different and wide-ranging background in solo,
operatic and competitive performance, which enhances the choir’s ability to
undertake some of the more challenging choral works and contributes to their
fresh and unique sound. The Academy Chamber Choir’s repertoire spans from
early to contemporary music.
Their most recent success was ranking third in “Irelands Choir of the Year”
at Cork International Choral Festival 2013. They then went on to win 1st
place in the Early Music, 1st place in the Irish Language and 2nd place in
the Sacred Music at Navan Choral Festival 2013. They were 2nd place in RTE
Lyric FM’s Choirs for Christmas Competition – Irelands largest choral
competition featuring over 400 choirs.
They are winners of the “National Choir of the Year 2012” competition.
They have had huge success in almost every national choral festival
including many awards at “Cork International Choral Festival” where they won
The “John Mannion Memorial Trophy” as well as the Perpetual Trophy for the
Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music. As part of their
performances as National Choir of the Year 2012 they performed at St. Mary’s
Pro Cathedral and St.Patrick’s Cathedral at their Mid-Term Eucharistic
celebrations. They recently worked closely with the famous composer Colin
Mawby in private master classes on his works, performances of which have
brought much success to the Choir.
In light of their huge success at home the Academy Chamber Choir in the run
up to Christmas will perform on an international level, competing firstly at
the “City of Derry Choral festival”, and then, onward to Wales where they
will make their first international trip to represent Ireland in the “North
Wales International Choral Festival”.
On their return home they will perform their annual “Carols for All” carol
service with Professor Gerard Gillen on Organ.
Director Ciaran Brady has an Honors Master’s degree in Music and vocal
performance from N.U.I. Maynooth. Further post-graduate studies brought him
to Germany where he trained in Advanced Vocal Technique with Prof. Markus
Goritzky at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Freiburg.
Ciaran is Director of the Academy of Music in Tullamore and is also a full
time professional Vocal Coach.
Ciaran’s Voice training started at the age of 10 as a boy treble and Head
Chorister of the famous “Palestrina Choir”. Professionally he was a member
of the “RTE Chamber Choir” and founder member of “The National Chamber
Choir”. He also has extensive work as a soloist and recordings and has
worked with companies such as “National Opera”, "Opera Northern Ireland" and
“Opera Ireland”. Ciaran is also a prolific choral conductor and is also
Director and Conductor of “Moate Youth Choir” and was Director of the
“Maynooth University Chamber Choir”.
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