Village in tune for singing weekend

A seaside village will be “on song” next weekend as it hosts its first singing workshop weekend.

A series of group workshops led by three expert tutors will take place in Courtmacsherry, Co Cork, from Jul 5 to 7, covering all facets of choral work including musicals, church music, songs in the Irish language, and popular favourites as part of the village’s Summer Songbook event.

The tutors include Anne-Marie O’Brien, a drama and music teacher from Butlerstown, who is also the director and producer of the acclaimed Butlerstown Variety Group; Sheila McCarthy, who has performed with the RTÉ orchestras, Opera Theatre Company and Cork City Opera; and Marie O’Dwyer who founded the Galway Youth Orchestra and is a director of the Suzuki Education Institute of Ireland.

Marie O’Dwyer founded the successful music school, Music Matters, in New Inn, Co Galway, over 25 years ago. She also conducted the music at the Mass in Ballybrit for the visit of Pope John Paul 11 in 1979.

The weekend events will culminate with a free open-air concert on the grounds of the Courtmacsherry Hotel on the Sunday night. The event is the brainchild of Courtmac native Ann O’Donovan.

“Singing is a very important part of the culture and heritage of the Courtmacsherry/Barryroe area and it was felt that it is time to share the expertise and enjoyment of this with others during this year of the Gathering,” she said.

The fully-booked workshops will take place in venues around the village.

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