Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir a hit at 5th County Mayo International Choral Festival

In much the same way as Connacht won the hearts of rugby followers by winning the Pro 12, Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir won the acclaim of choral and music lovers when they visited the Emerald Isle last weekend.
The choir members made the trip across the Irish Sea for the 5th County Mayo International Choral Festival.
They sang in sang in two festival concerts at an event which is growing in international stature year by year.
Under the direction of music director D Eifion Thomas, the choir's first concert was at the town of Kiltimagh, where the beautiful Church of the Holy Family was the venue for a religious concert which included The Moy Singers, Knock Junior Choir, The Witness To Hope Choir and The Kiltimagh Parish Choir.
The church’s acoustic was an ideal medium to appreciate the warmth and intensity of Côr Meibion Llanelli’s rich tones and musicality as they performed their programme.
Particularly emotive was Luigi Picchi's Kyrie Eleison and the culmination of the choir’s programme with A-men and You'll Never Walk Alone.
The Llanelli choir’s performance sparked a lengthy standing ovation.
After taking part in the festival’s Songway Choral Trail in the town of Castlebar, the choir visited the village of Cong on the Sunday to sing in St Mary's church with the Cong Church Choir and The County Mayo Male Choir.
The village is well known worldwide for being the setting in the early 50s for the classic John Ford film The Quiet Man, featuring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor McLaglen and Ward Bond.
However, there was nothing quiet about the rapturous reception and yet another standing ovation given to the choir at the end of their programme.
The concert ended with both male choirs joining forces to sing American Trilogy before retiring for a further informal concert in the near-by Ryan’s hotel in the company of The County Mayo Male Choir.
Audience member Niall Rochford described the choir’s performance as powerful and added – “What a performance. What a choir!”
The Monday morning cruise from Ashford Castle (one of the world’s top hotels) on the beautiful Lake Coribb was an excellent way to revive tired spirits and to appreciate the wonderful reception which Côr Meibion Llanelli and their travelling supporters had received from the people of County Mayo and Connacht.

Côr Meibion Llanelli choristers and partners on the ferry to Ireland.

The choir at Kiltimagh.

The choir with the County Mayo Male Voice.

World famous Ashford Castle.

The choir at Breaffy House Hotel and Resort.

D Eifion Thomas at Ashford Castle.

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