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About the Choir

Since their first performance of Handel's "Messiah" in December 1983, the Galway Baroque Singers have established themselves as one of Ireland's most accomplished amateur choirs.

Formed by Audrey Corbett, the choir has sung many of the major choral works:

  • Masses by Haydn, Beethoven, Weber, Cherubini, Bruckner and Mozart
  • Magnificats by Bach, Pergolesi, Rutter
  • Glorias by Vivaldi and Poulenc
  • Requiems by Mozart, Faure, Durufle, Verdi and Rutter
  • Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

It is a mark of their consistent excellence that, for more than 20 years, the choir has had the honour of being invited to sing with the RTE Concert Orchestra under the directorship of conductor Proinnsias O Duinn. Although singing with orchestral accompaniment is the most lavish event of their musical year, GBS has always sung music for unaccompanied voices or voices with keyboard accompaniment. In this capacity, they sing regularly in Galway, captivating audiences with imaginative and unusual performances, presenting choral singing remarkable for its beauty of sound and sensitivity of phrasing.

Galway Baroque Singers had the honour of singing at the honorary conferring ceremony of Nelson Mandela at NUI, Galway in June 2003. Indeed, we were delighted to be back at NUIG again in November 2008, when Audrey herself was conferred with an honorary Masters in Music.

The choir has competed at many festivals throughout Ireland winning major awards at Sligo, Limerick and Navan. At the Cork International Choral festival they received the premier national award three times and were placed third in the International section of that festival in 1998. They were also nominated as Choir of the Year in Navan that same year and went on to take part in the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales in 1999.

Lighter works are also performed from time to time; the choir particpated in a concert entitled "Broadway to Ireland" in Leisureland in 2004, where songs from musicals were performed. As every chorister has undoubtedly experienced, there is a wonderful unity and joy in singing together and we in GBS, who come from a wide spectrum of Galway living, are drawn together every Wednesday night to sing "de anima" - from the soul.

In 2008, the choir celebrated its silver jubilee year, and was given the honour of performing the Irish Premiere of Karl Jenkins' "Stabat Mater." 2008 also saw the premiere of Bob Quinn's film "Vox Humana", in which the choir had an integral role. The choir toured Italy in the Autumn, performing in Soave and Verona.

2010 sees the choir returning to Italy again, performing in the Irish College in Rome. And 2011 is already looking promising, with the choir set to perform "The Armed Man" again, this time under the baton of Karl Kenkins.

"an excellent blend of voices - clear tone and excellent intonation"

" beautiful choir, blended and musical"

..from adjudication at the Cork Choral Festival, 2003
where Galway Barqoue Singers were the Winners of the Mixed Voice Choir Section

"The Galway Baroque Singers are one of the few choirs in this country to have
a distinctive identity in their sound....blended and balanced choral tone"

..Martin Adams, Irish Times.