Winter Season 2019 with Millicent Singers
Celebrations, Camaraderie, Performances and More!
Within eight weeks of being back in the rehearsal room, popular Kildare choir, Millicent Singers, are well warmed-up and enjoying another season of song. After their sell-out concert in May, the choir took a break for the summer.
To celebrate the completion of 10 years as their musical director the choir members hosted a surprise party for their esteemed musical director, Alan Kelly.
Held in Millicent Golf Club on 31st August, the choir members showed their appreciation for the vision and direction shown to them by Alan over the past 10 years. Music was the order of the day, with the choir performing a secretly rehearsed piece for the guest of honour. A specially commissioned piece of ceramic artwork, created by member Caitriona Higgins, was presented. All the choir’s silverware and awards were on display and a beautiful music-themed cake created a wonderful centrepiece.
In September it was back to work in the rehearsal room, as the choir prepared to record the first tracks of their album. Recording day was greatly anticipated by all.
Alan Kelly said: “Millicent Singers are embarking on an exciting journey to record an album. The choir are almost 25 years in existence and this is the first time they have recorded tracks in this manner. While I’m excited at hearing the final tracks, I’m thrilled that the sound of the choir will be documented and recorded for members to share with friends and family. That’s what it’s about. Singing for the love of singing and sharing this with as many people as possible. I am proud to be directing this project”.
The second recording session takes place at the end of February, with an album launch planned during 2020. The members thoroughly enjoyed the experience so far, especially singing to the amazing backing tracks laid down by professional musicians.
New members in the alto, soprano and tenor sections were warmly welcomed into the choir family this season. They have settled in well and are enjoying being part of this warm and friendly group.
The October Bank Holiday weekend saw the choir travelling to perform at the City of Derry International Choir Festival. This was the first time that the Millicent Singers attended the prestigious Derry festival. They were very pleased with how they performed and enjoyed a fantastic weekend of music and camaraderie. The highlight was a fifth place finish in the National Mixed Voices competition, just three marks off top spot in what was a very competitive event with nine choirs taking part.
The choir are now turning their full attention towards preparing for their popular annual Christmas concert which will take place on Saturday 7th December in the magical surrounds of Clongowes Wood College. This year, Millicent Singers are delighted to welcome young Clane soprano Ruby Boland as their special guest. Tickets are on sale now for €15; available at Marron's and Hughes' Pharmacies in Clane, McAuley Place in Naas and Sean's Barber's in Prosperous.