We are thrilled to announce our inaugaral Concert in the Kenmare Choral Festival Presents series featuring the renowned Fleischmann Choir and the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Conor Palliser.
The Fleischmann Choir
The Fleischmann Choir was founded in November 1992 by Dr. Geoffrey Spratt (Director of the CIT Cork School of Music and Founder-Conductor of the Irish Youth Choir and Canticum Novum), Initially called the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra Chorus, it sang in public for the first time on 22 April 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 was of music by 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 memory of the man who did so much to further the cause of choral music and choral singing in Ireland.
Although the Fleischmann Choir has achieved an enviable reputation for fulfilling its mission to perform the large-scale repertory for choir and orchestra, it also has a great reputation amongst its members for the inclusive social life that goes hand-in-glove with the singing.
The Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra
The Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra has been described in the national press as “the finest orchestra of its kind in Ireland”. Because of the sheer number of enrolments in the CIT Cork School of Music [CSM], for orchestral instrument lessons (over 1,500), the School organises no less than five Bands (Jazz as well as Concert) and seven orchestras (from Preparatory, through Junior, Intermediate & Senior to Baroque, Classical and Symphony) to foster the development of ensemble music-making skills at every level. Initially under the direction of the School’s former Head of String Studies, Adrian Petcu, the School’s Symphony Orchestra has developed from relatively modest beginnings as a Chamber Orchestra more than twenty years ago to become hailed in the national press as one of the outstanding examples of the amateur orchestral scene in Ireland. In recent years, its membership and standards have been enhanced by the presence in the School of over 120 full-time BMus Degree students and more than 20 MA Degree students. Its regular performances in Cork are complemented by visits to venues throughout Ireland and abroad. The orchestra has twice taken part in the International Festival of Youth Orchestras held annually in Valencia, Spain, and successfully pioneered the concept of “Proms” concerts in Cork.