© Westport Children's Choir, Muine, Carraholly, Westport, Ireland. Telephone 087 620 0445.

History

SEPTEMBER 2011

Choir founded by Eriko Hopkinson, following auditions with students from eight national schools in the Westport area.

Membership 20 children aged 9-12 

 

DECEMBER 2011

Christmas concert for families and friends in Gailscoil na Cruaiche, Westport, with special guests Westport Vocal Ensemble

 

MARCH 2012

Spring Camp; a two day residential camp covering all aspects of choral singing, with workshops in Alexander technique, reading music, vocal production etc. Visiting tutors:

Katherine Donnelly, creative dance

Raphael Dziubinsky, percussion. 

 

MAY 2012

Concert in Community Center, Clare Island

Piano: Gerry McNally

Piano accordion: Lukasz Szczerbak

JUNE 2012

Summer concert with Westport Vocal Ensemble in Holy Trinity Church, Westport

Piano: Ludmila Burcovschi

Piano accordion: Lukasz Szczerbak

Percussion: Raphael Dziubinski

AUGUST 2012

A two day Summer Camp in Westport

SEPTEMBER 2012

Concert in Westport House for “A Celebration of Westport”

Piano: Ludmila Burcovschi

Piano accordion: Lukasz Szczerbak

OCTOBER 2012

Concert for Westport Arts Festival in Holy Trinity Church, Westport

Piano: Gerry McNally

Percussion: Anthony McNamee

Piano accordian: Lukasz Szczerbak

DECEMBER 2012

Christmas concert in Holy Trinity Church, Westport

Piano: Gerry McNally

Percussion: Raphael Dzubinski

Piano accordion: Lukasz Szczerbak

FEBRUARY 2013

Took part in Kiltimagh Choral Festival Primary Schools competition, winning first place and also winning the trophy for Choir of the Festival (Primary, Secondary Schools and Youth Choirs section)

Piano: Ludmila Burcovschi

Piano accordion: Lukasz Szczerbak

JUNE 2013

Summer Concert in Holy Trinity Church, Westport

Concert in St Nicholas Church Galway

JULY 2013

Family concert in Westport Leisure Centre

3 day Summer Choir Camp in Westport

OCTOBER 2013

Concert as part of Westport Arts Festival in Holy Trinity, Church, Westport

September 2013

Competed in the inaugural City of Derry International Choral

Festival, winning second place in the Youth Choirs category

Piano: Gerry McNally

Clarinet: Ciarán Kelly

December 2013

Christmas concert in Holy Trinity Church, Westport, in aid of the children’s charity LauraLynn Foundation. 

 

February 2014

Auditioned over 100 children from local national schools, membership increased to 40 children aged 9-14 

Competed in Kiltimagh Choral Festival, taking second place in the Youth Choirs category

May 2014

Performed in the opening concert of Mayo International Choral Festival in Holy Trinity Church, Westport

Piano: Bart de Boer

Piano accordian: Lukasz Szczerbak

Percussion: Raphael Dzubinsky

Guitar: Caoimhe Hopkinson

Performed at Feile na Tuaithe, Museum of Country Life, Castlebar

Piano: Bart de Boer

Piano accordian: Lukasz Szczerbak

Guitar: Caoimhe Hopkinson

Two-day team building trip to Clare Island, including concert in Clare Island Community Centre

June 2014

Summer concert in Holy Trinity Church, Westport with special guests Aedín Halpin and Rachel Moran

Piano: Bart de Boer

Piano accordian: Lukasz Szczerbak

Percussion: Raphael Dzubinsky

Tin whistle and percussion: Edward Hopkinson

Guitar: Caoimhe Hopkinson

Junior (preparatory) choir is started for 6-9 year olds

September 2014

Concert in The Custom House, Westport as part of Culture Night 2014

December 2014

Christmas Concert in Ballintubber Abbey with Cór Mhaigh Eo and Gracenotes

Piano: Bart de Boer

January 2015

Recorded three songs for debut CD

February 2015

Awarded first place in the Youth and Post-Primary Schools Choirs competition at Kiltimagh Choral Festival

Piano:Bart de Boer

Percussion, tin whistle: Edward Hopkinson

March 2015

Awarded second place in the Youth Choirs (two part) competition at Feis Ceoil, Dublin

Piano: Bart de Boer

Percussion, tin whistle: Edward Hopkinson

May 2015

Performed as part of Mayo International Choral Festival in Holy Trinity Church Westport

 

June 2015

4th annual Summer Concert, in Westport Town Hall Theatre

Piano: Ausra Kvietkute

Tin whistle, percussion: Edward Hopkinson

With guests Emer Mayock, flute and Noel O’Grady, bouzouki; and traditional Irish group “Dochas"

July 2015

Took part in the 6th World Peace Choral Festival (Director: Dr. Gerald Wirth) in Vienna, Austria. Performed in five concerts, including in the United Nations headquarters building and in the Vienna Concert Hall, with the Vienna Boy’s Choir and other choirs from around the world. Also received a three hour workshop to study Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” with Dr. Wirth in the Vienna Boys Choir school.

December 2015

Annual Christmas Concert in Westport Town Hall Theatre

Piano: Ausra Kvietkute

Recorders: Aedín Halpin and Rachel Moran, and with special guests, the Mayo School of Music Youth

Choir

March 2016

Awarded 2nd place in the Dublin Feis Ceoil, Youth Choirs category

Took part in a televised concert in Collins Barracks Dublin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising, massed choir of 200 singers with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra under David Brophy. Concert included the world premier of a new composition “100 Years a Nation” by Sean Davey, commissioned for the occasion.

 

May 2016

Performed at the Mayo International Choral Festival in Westport’s Holy Trinity Church with the University of Southern Indiana Chamber Choir and Vadsø Mannssangforening (Vadsoe Male Voice Choir), Norway

 

June 2016

5th annual Summer Concert in Westport Town Hall Theatre

Piano: Ausra Kvietkute

Drums: Paul Cecchetti

Bass, tin whistle, percussion: Edward Hopkinson,

With special guests “Cliabh Rua” 

September 2016

Performed as part of Westport Arts Festival, Westport Town Hall Theatre

October 2016

Recorded “100 Years a Nation” at the Helix Theatre, Dublin with the RTE Symphony Orchestra under David Brophy

December 2016

Annual Christmas concert at Westport Town Hall Theatre

Piano: Ausra Kvietkute

Cello: Patrick Dexter

Saxophone: Dan Delany

With special guests Caoimhe Hopkinson, guitar and Westport Youth Choir directed by Eriko Hopkinson

March 2017

Took part in the Young Bohemia festival for youth and children’s choirs and orchestras in Prague, Czech Republic. Awarded silver level in the youth choir category.

April 2017

Concert in Holy Trinity Church in aid of the church organ restoration fund, with John Dexter, piano and organ

May 2017

Performed in the Mayo International Choral Festival with Westport Youth Choir and Angel Manlow Choir from Bulgaria

June 2017

6th annual Summer Concert in Westport Town Hall Theatre

Piano:Ausra Kvietkute

Drums: Emmet McNamee

Bass: Daniel Kinsella

Keyboard: Bart de Boer

Guitar: Caoimhe Hopkinson.

Special guests: the Clew Bay Critters and Westport Youth Choir

October 2017

Launch of fundraising campaign or Carnegie Hall

December 2017

Annual Christmas concert, Westport Town Hall Theatre

Piano: Ausra Kvietkute

Flute: Pauline Graham

Whistle, djembe and percussion: Edward Hopkinson

Djembe: Emmet McNamee

Special guests: The Octagon Quartet, Westport Youth Choir and Caoimhe Hopkinson, guitar

March 2018

Day of workshops with Coole Music, Gort, Co. Galway

Bollywood dance, didgeridoo and African drumming

June 2018

7th Annual Summer Concert, Westport Town Hall Theatre

(includes excerpts from musicals Peter Pan and Fiddler on the Roof, as well as two songs from La Cigarra y la Hormiga by Cristian Grases, to be performed in Carnegie Hall)

Gerard McNally, piano

Donal Hoban, drums

Lucas Szczerbak, accordian

Alain Preims, percussion

Katherina Baker, violin

Deirdre Lynn, flute

Special guests: Westport Youth Choir, Westport Children's Choir Parents

June 2018

Fundraising Open Day at Westport House, choir performs on open air stage

June 2018

World Premiere of La Gigarra y la Hormiga by Cristian Grases, Carnegie Hall, New York

December 2018

Annual Christmas Concert, Westport Town Hall Theatre

Piano: Ausra Kvietkute

Whistle/percussion: Edward Hopkinson

Special Guests: Westport Youth Choir

March 2019

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Westport