Cloughmore Male Voice Choir
Cloughmore Male Voice Choir pose for a photo during rehearsals in Warrenpoint Town Hall on Friday evening before their Sapphire Celebration Concert. Included in photo are Siobhan Taylor (Musical Director) and Derek Dunn (Accompanist)

Cloughmore Male Voice Choir are holding Recruitment/Open Evenings on Wednesdays 5th and 12th September in Riverside Church Hall, Basin Walk, Newry, BT35 6HU commencing at 8.00pm.

Announced at their June concert in Warrenpoint Town Hall, to conclude their Sapphire Celebrations (45th anniversary) Cloughmore Male Voice Choir will be in Newry Town Hall on Friday 8th February 2019 when their guests will be The Celtic Tenors.

Musical Director, Siobhán Taylor suggests ‘If you can sing and be part of a team: If you are looking for new enjoyment; then do Give Us A Try; Don’t be Shy.’ Come along – no obligation and bring a friend!

You may say: “I can’t read music – can I still be considered?”  Sight-reading ability, whilst welcome, is NOT a pre-requisite. Your voice is what we require and all we ask is that you can sing in tune.

The choir (like most choirs) has singers of various abilities.  Whilst experience can be helpful, it is not essential. It is the skill of Siobhán which moulds these abilities and produces the end result. No one need feel inhibited in joining. Whether you are Tenor, Baritone or Bass we would love to hear from you.

Derek Dunn of Cloughmore Male Voice Choir says: “Singing connects us men, it counters isolation and creates social bonds. In addition there are many obvious health benefits to singing in a choir. Studies have found that singing as part of a choir extends life expectancy.

Other health benefits include:

1. developing a sense of belonging and being a part of collective pursuit

2. lowering levels of stress, depression and anxiety.

3. improved heart regularity.

4. improve symptoms of lung disease and Parkinson’s.

5. increase brain activity.

“There is so much research available to back up the health benefits; all you need to do is a quick internet search to find some amazing articles. “Singing in a choir is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking and more fun than working out!”

Derek continues: “Cloughmore Male Voice Choir can guarantee you Friendship, Vocal Skills, Self-Confidence, Musicianship, Humour, Teamwork, Generosity and Performance.  So please come along on Wednesday 5th and/or 12th September and enjoy the refreshments as well as fellowship. We look forward to seeing you.”