Choir to the Fore

The schools’ section of the Cork International Choral Festival was held last week. As always, Cashel Community School choir took part and, as ever, performed extremely well, coming second in the post-primary mixed voices section. They performed under the direction of Mr. John Murray and the adjudicators scored them highly for their selected pieces, “Mack the Knife” and “Tuirne Mhaire”.
By tradition, this choral festival takes place on the week leading up to the May bank holiday. However, this week coincides with the school Easter holidays in 2011 and so the schools’ competitions were moved forward on the calendar. And not alone moved forward but were moved to a new venue, since their spiritual home – Cork City Hall- was otherwise engaged. The large indoor sports arena at Collins Barracks proved to be a very fine temporary home last week, possessing superb acoustics. After the morning choral competition last Friday the Defence Forces treated the choirs to a display of armaments and hi-tech army vehicles. This display was staged on the vast barrack square : it’s the largest of its kind in Europe