Community Choir Day 2019

In November 2018 Caz Jeffreys and Jane Goss (West Cork based Community Choir leader) collaborated to bring Craig Lees over from the UK for a Choir Day event in The Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, West Cork. The day was a big success with all tickets sold out and has now become an annual event.

You can see a short video of the event here:

COMMUNITY CHOIR DAY 2019

Community Choir Day 2019 will be held on Saturday 2nd November at the beautiful location of Inchydoney Island Hotel near Clonakilty in West Cork.  We are delighted to be welcoming Ciaran Kelly and Vicky Warwick from Irelands’ leading acapella group, Ardu to facilitate at the event. The morning will consist of an enjoyable learning experience whilst the afternoon is a chance for choirs to share some of their songs.

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Ardu’s professional singers will be leading the songs, introducing fun warmups, followed by vocal technique and expression- all delivered through the structure of some fabulous arrangements with a dynamic approach.
Whilst Ciaran will lead from the keyboard , they will incorporate some elements of their specialist skill- the art of Acapella – and engage us all with captivating vocal textures and harmonies.

Lunch. A limited amount of tickets are available which include lunch (soup, salad and sandwiches), or if you prefer to take a trip into Clonakilty (only 10 minutes drive) there are a selection of eating houses to choose from. There will also be a limited amount of space downstairs from the bar menu. We will take 1 1/2 hours break for lunch to ensure everyone has plenty of time.

Tickets. This year we have introduced an Earlybird deal for group bookings of 8 people or more at E20/E35 (incl. lunch). Please email cazjeffreys@gmail.com to book as these tickets are not available here on the website. Deadline for all Earlybird tickets is midnight 23rd September.

All other tickets are available for purchase via Paypal below.

Would your choir like to perform a few songs? If you would like to perform during the afternoon Choir Share session then please get in touch with Jane on 085 1665936 to register your Choir details. Please make your booking first and be aware that we have limited time available for this part of the event, therefore choirs will be allocated a space to perform on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Please note that photographs and videos taken at this event may be used for future promotion use. A  selection will also be added to the Gallery on this website.

Remaining tickets available on the door.

You can see more photos of the 2018 event in the Gallery here

Catch a Choir Day, Ballincollig for World Mental Health Month Oct. 2017

What a fantastic day in Ballincollig with Ceol na Laoi, West Cork BIG SING!, Voices of Cork and the WestGate Choirs….WELL DONE EVERYONE!! And a big THANK YOU to all the support we had, with special thanks to: The Castle Gate Shopping Centre; Librabry, Nosh and Coffee, The Plaza Cafe, Ballincolig Business Association, Rugby Club; Dick O’Reily (photography), Catherine Hassett (Ballincollig Health and Wellbeing), Eoin Nash (Cope Foundation), Ballincollig branches of Downs and Quishes SuperValu stores and Dunne’s Store, and the fantastic team of women who helped getting ready for the big day from Ceol na Laoi….especially Elaine who helped to coordinate the event.

Singing Weekend and Training day in Naas, Co. Kildare November 4th/5th 2017

My next visit to Naas, Co. Kildare has now been confirmed for the weekend of 4th/5th November and will include an ‘Introduction to Leading Groups in Song’ Training Day on Saturday 4th from 10am-5pm. This day is aimed at anyone wishing to develop their skills in bringing singing into group work. On the Sunday we will have another Singing Workshop which will include exploring body percussion as well as discussion on the possibility of a BIG SING! event into the area next year!

Singing Weekend in Naas November 2017(1)

World Mental Health Week ‘Catch a Choir Day’ event in Ballincollig 14th October 2017

In recognition of World Mental Health Month, Ceol na Laoi-Ballincolligs’ Community Choir, in collaboration with the West Cork Big Sing Project will be staging an event to celebrate and promote singing as an activity that enhances community well-being on Saturday 14th October .

Local community choirs will be performing in a number of venues around Ballincollig, providing an opportunity for the groups to share their songs and visibly demonstrate the benefits of participation to the wider community.

We are delighted to be hosting the Voices of Cork, the Westgate Choir and the West Cork BIG SING! Choir alongside Ceol na Laoi. The participating venues are: Castle West Shopping Centre (various times); Ballincollig Library (2.30pm and 3.30pm); Nosh and Coffee Cafe (4pm); and The Plaza Bistro in Times Square (2.30pm). These times are approximate and all the choirs will start off singing together at 2pm in Castle West Shopping Centre.

So whilst you are out and about in the town centre on the afternoon of Saturday 14th between 2-4.30pm, try and CATCH A CHOIR and enjoy some fabulous singing!

Programme for Catch a choir day(2)

 

The West Cork BIG SING! project supports a new Community Singing Group for Lisheens House, Skibbereen October 2017

SINGING IS GOOD FOR US!!!

Being around music can bring warmth into a cold day, more joy into your heart, and provide a great environment in which to relax and de-stress. Lisheens House is a fantastic project with the aim of preventing suicide and self harm. In their new premises beside the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen, they have opened a new Music Library where people can come and relax, listen to CD’s – or even try out playing one of the instruments in the room!

In acknowledgement and awareness of the benefits music brings to each individual we have decided to team up and create time for Community Singing as a weekly activity at the Centre on Wednesdays from 3-5pm.

The idea behind this new group activity is to provide a space where ANYONE over 18 years can come along and enjoy singing with others, regardless of experience, in a safe and non-judgemental space. It is a place where you can meet others, have fun, learn a few new songs and maybe share a few you already know, try things out…. or even come and simply enjoy listening if you don’t feel like joining in! We will also share a cup of tea together following the session, creating the time to get to know one another over time.

Please do spread the word and come and join us.

Singing poster