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Lyric fm puts spotlight on City choir project

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Younger members of the Schola Cantorum, in St Nicholas' Collegiate Church.

The Schola Cantorum, a unique and ambitious choral initiative at Galway’s St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, is the subject of a new radio documentary to be broadcast on RTÉ Lyric fm this Friday.

The Schola Cantorum is the brainchild of Mark Duley, choirmaster at St Nicholas’ Church, who is also an acclaimed organist and former director of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir.  This large-scale and wide-ranging project, which is now in its third year, draws on the church’s centuries old Collegiate status.

Going back as far as medieval times, St Nicholas’ was home to a college of singing priests, who performed choral liturgy on a daily basis.  The Schola Cantorum aims to revive this ancient tradition.

The initiative involves five different choirs, with participants spanning all age groups and all ranges of musical ability and experience.

The youngest group, the Choirsters, is made up of children and young people aged 8-14.  Then there are the Choral Scholars, a group of NUIG students who rehearse twice a week in St Nicholas’ Church and perform a Compline service several times each term.  The Church choir, one of Galway’s most highly-regarded choral ensembles, is the bedrock of the Schola.  Including people from a wide range of backgrounds, the choir rehearses every Sunday morning from 9.30am, learning a new motet each week. This is then performed at the sung Eucharist at 11.

Then there are the St Nicholas’ Singers, a project choir that meets over two weekends twice a year to learn and perform ambitious choral works.  This, too, is open to all comers.

“We feel it is important to give people who might not be able to commit to a weekly rehearsal the opportunity to sing in a big, ambitious choir,” says Mark Duley.

For anyone interested, the next venture with the St Nicholas’ Singers is happening next weekend, November 7 and 8, with performance the following weekend, November 14 and 15.

Galway accordion player Máirtín O’Connor, who is a patron of the Schola, will perform, both as a soloist and in arrangements specially conceived for this  concert. To sign up, email info@scholacantorumgalway.com

Collegium is the newest and most ambitious choir to be set up by the Schola Cantorum.  Made up of 16 of Galway’s finest voices, the group had its inaugural concert in St Nicholas’ Church last Good Friday.  The group sings without a conductor, and draws on an early -music repertoire.

Lyric’s documentary about the Schola was recorded mostly in St Nicholas’ church and it features live performances from all five choirs.

Members of all five groups also share their views about what makes singing in this church so special.

St Nicholas’ Church – Voices of Galway will be broadcast on RTÉ Lyric fm this Friday at 7pm.

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The Uncertainty of History at Kinvara Courthouse

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Family Tree by Bernadette Burns, which is being shown as part of her exhibition in Kinvara. It explores events surrounding the death of her grandaunt Eileen Quinn at Kiltartan 101 years ago, during the War of Independence.

The Uncertainty of History – Remembering Eileen Quin, an exhibition that explores human transience, family history and the fragility of memory, will open in the Courthouse at Kinvara, next Friday, October 29.

The work of Galway-born artist Bernadette Burns, this multi-media show was inspired by her grandaunt Eileen Quinn who was killed by British Auxiliary troops on November 1, 1920, in Kiltartan outside Gort.

The show was originally meant to take place in Kinvara last year, on the 100th anniversary of Eileen Quinn’s death, but was postponed because of Covid.

Bernadette is a painter who works with drawing, photography, sculpture, video and book-making.

The paintings, sculpture, audio, and artist’s books in this exhibition grew from a diary entry by Bernadette’s grandmother, Tessie Burns, which referred to the shooting of her younger sister, Eileen, in 1920.

As a child, growing up in Galway City, Bernadette had known that Tessie’s younger sister had died during the War of Independence, but not the details. Finding the diary after Tessie died in 1991 and also being given Tessie’s photo album, awoke something in Bernadette who’d studied art at the then RTC and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

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The First Bad Man – a book club like no other

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Andrew Bennett in Pan Pan Theatre's The First Bad Man.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“Characters who are trying to understand and explain what is going on in the world and who never know what’s around the corner,” will be on the stage of the city’s Black Box Theatre next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 26 and 27, in The First Bad Man.

The audience will be centrally involved in the show, according to Gavin Quinn of Pan Pan Theatre, who directs The First Bad Man, which is “based on a reading of a novel by Miranda July”.

Gavin and Aedín Cosgrove established Pan Pan in 1993 to present experimental and challenging work and that’s exactly what it does. So, this production is not a straightforward adaptation of the popular 2015 novel from July, who is also a film director, screenwriter actor, and actress. When Gavin read The First Bad Man – her debut novel – he loved “its theatricality and its unusual themes and relationships”.

He was already a fan of the US artist’s work, including her 2007 short-story collection, No One Belongs Here More than You, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Gavin wrote to July seeking permission for Pan Pan to stage a show based on The First Bad Man. But it wouldn’t be an adaptation, he explained.

“What I was suggesting was more a conceptual piece, more a book club idea,” he says. July was agreeable, although the permission process took longer than it might have done for a straightforward adaptation.

As with so many other companies, Pan Pan’s plans were delayed by Covid. But the show is now coming to Galway, having received its live premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival earlier this month.

In Pan Pan’s production, a fictional book club selects The First Bad Man as its novel of the week. However, rather than discussing it over one meeting, as is the norm, the club’s members become obsessed with it “and keep coming back to it over a year”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Dark comedy that explores obsession with weddings

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Sarah-Jane Scott as Sorcha in Appropriate. PHOTO: SIMON LAZEWSKI.

Tuam actress, Sarah-Jane Scott, brings her darkly comic one-woman show, Appropriate, to Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre this Saturday, October 23, with a performance at 4pm and another at 8pm.

The play’s heroine, Sorcha, is the queen bee of her hometown, engaged to former county hurling star, Marty. She’s been dreaming about her wedding day for years, except now that it has arrived, she’s just run away from her own reception.

Sorcha isn’t sure if she’s lost her reason or if this is the first sane moment she’s had in years, but as she prepares to enter her perfectly planned life, she finally realises she has never really listened to herself.

Appropriate premiered at the2018 Dublin Fringe festival when it received a great response and was nominated for a Bewley’s Little Gem Award.  The Sunday Times critic was ‘wooed by her self-deprecating, acutely observed tale of love and loss’ that taps into ‘our insatiable obsession with weddings’ while The Irish Times praised it as ‘an engrossing debut’.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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