Nás na Rí Singers

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Director: 2012 – present

Áine took over directorship of this 70-voice, SATB choir in September 2012.  The choir rehearses in Scoil Bhride in Naas on Thursday evenings.  In 2013, the choir competed in the Kilkenny choral festival, winning the sacred music competition and receiving 2nd prize in the Open competition.  In 2014, the choir travelled to the Arklow Music Festival, where they were awarded first place in the Adult Mixed Voices competition, and second in the sacred music competition.  With Áine, the choir has also presented a number of themed concerts, including the highly successful “A Dickens of a Christmas” concert in 2012, which celebrated Dickens’ bi-centenary with readings from his works, Victorian carols, and songs from film adaptations of his work; “All Creation Sings” in 2013 featured a mix of classical and contemporary choruses celebrating nature; and “A Christmas Gathering” in 2013 marked the year of The Gathering with Irish carols and guest artists on traditional instruments.

In 2014, the choir collaborated with the St David’s Cathedral Singers, from Naas’ twinned town of St David’s, Wales, presenting a mix of Welsh and Irish music.  Other collaborations included guest artists Zoe Conway (violin), John McIntyre (guitar) and Tristan Rosenstock (bodhran), up-coming Mezzo Soprano Gemma Ni Bhriain, Soprano Katy Kelly, flamenco guitarist Juan Jose Manzano, and Italian pianist Annalisa Monticelli.  The choir also extended their outreach activities by performing a concert in aid of the music department in Scoil Bhride, which featured the Scoil Bhride school choir and Anam youth choir as guest artists.

In 2015, the choir took on some of their most ambitious projects to date, including releasing the CD “Rejoice and be Merry” in aid of the Friends of Naas Hospital, competing in the Cork International Choral Festival, and performing some of the great works of the choral repertoire (Brahms’ “Alto Rhapsody” and Stanford’s “Songs of the Fleet”) in Dublin and Naas.  To top off the year, they were awarded second place in the Community Choirs’ category in Lyric FM’s “Choirs for Christmas”, with a track from the CD “Follow that Star”.

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