Cloughmore Male Voice Choir celebrate 45 years starting with a Concert in Warrenpoint Town Hall

Cloughmore Male Voice Choir directed by Siobhán Taylor, are holding their Sapphire Celebrations this year. The first major event will be their concert on Friday 8th June at 8.00pm in Warrenpoint Town Hall, when their Guest Artistes will be Vocal Point.

Vision

The choir began life on 6th February 1974 in Warrenpoint, so the 7th February 2018 saw the choir beginning their 45th celebratory year. In the midst of the conflict in Northern Ireland two music lovers: close friends and neighbours, James Cooper and Desmond O’Hagan had a vision of people of all classes, creeds and colour coming together to sing.

Their vision of the unique blend of male voices has echoed down for 45 years. Members are representative from all walks of life; coming from Rostrevor, Warrenpoint, Banbridge, Newry and Dundalk: – the choir is truly a cross-community and cross-border choir!

Growing the Choir

Siobhan Taylor, Musical Director of Cloughmore Male Voice Choir

Siobhán, their current Musical Director was appointed in September 2015 and is delighted to be leading the choir on this anniversary year.

Choir membership numbers have increased since her appointment, Siobhán, a classically trained singer who has worked with choirs for a number of years is determined to see Cloughmore double in size within the near future.

She believes that the sound of a Male Voice Choir is truly unique: combining the rich quality of the baritone/bass voice, with the brighter, lighter sound of the tenors. This will be her 5th major concert with the Male Voice Choir.

Starting the Sapphire Celebrations:

Friday 8th June at 8.00pm in Warrenpoint Town Hall

The first major event will be their concert on Friday 8th June at 8.00pm in Warrenpoint Town Hall, when their Guest Artistes will be Vocal Point.

Vocal Point is an exciting a cappella vocal group from Dublin, established in January 2013 and as they say themselves, their aim is to entertain others as well as challenging themselves. They perform a mixture of jazz standards in a polished and sophisticated live, smooth manner with an added flavour of some more contemporary pieces.


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Vocal Point has four members: Rachel Thomas (Soprano), Gwen Moore (Alto), Colm Fewer (Tenor) and Paul Glennon (Bass), encompassing a broad range of musical backgrounds. Their aim is to entertain their audiences with warm jazz harmonies and a dash of fun.

A Raffle will be held during the evening and all proceeds will be going to The Alzheimer’s Society. So come along to Warrenpoint Town Hall on Friday 8th June for a feast of musical entertainment from Vocal Point and Cloughmore Male Voice Choir directed by Siobhán Taylor and accompanied by Derek Dunn.