Fleischmann Choir to raise their voices in Germany in honour of beloved composer

A LEADING choir will perform in Dachau, Germany, this weekend as part of special celebrations marking the centenary of the birth of Professor Aloys Fleischmann after whom the choir is named.

The 170-strong Cork-based Fleischmann Choir will perform the Mass in honour of St Finbarr, written by the composer’s father, Aloys G Fleischmann, at the church of St Jakob on Sunday morning.

That evening, the choir will perform Dvorak’s Mass in D at a special concert in the church.

Dachau holds special significance for the Fleischmann family because Aloys G was organist at St Jakob’s before being invited to become organist at the North Cathedral in Cork.

The highlight of the trip to Germany, however, will be a joint concert with Liedertafel Dachau in Dachau Castle next Thursday where the joint choirs will perform works by Professor Aloys Fleischmann.

Earlier this year, the Liedertafel Dachau travelled to Cork to perform music by Fleischmann with the Fleischmann Choir for the opening gala concert of the Cork International Choral Festival to mark the centenary of his birth.

The trip to Germany has been made possible with the financial support of Culture Ireland, Cork Institute of Technology and Cork County Council.

The Fleischmann Choir was founded in November 1992.

Initially called the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra Chorus, it sang in public for the first time on April 22, 1993 when it gave a concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Cork’s City Hall to mark the opening of the 40th Cork International Choral Festival.

The programme featured music by Professor Aloys Fleischmann – one of the founders of the Cork International Choral Festival, and its longest-serving director – who had died the previous year.

Shortly after this concert, with the permission of the family, the choir was renamed in his memory.

The Fleischmann Choir is a mixed voice choir with approximately 170 members which specialises in singing large-scale works for choir and orchestra.

The members range in age from 19 to 85 and, while primarily from Cork, the choir includes a number of nationalities such as English, French, Polish, Spanish and Italian.

The choir is part of the Cork School of Music, a constituent college of the CIT.

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