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08 Dec 2021

Clonmel choir flies the flag for Ireland at choral festival in Prague

Clonmel choir flies the flag for Ireland at choral festival in Prague

Some members of the Belle Voci choir from Clonmel who represented Ireland at an international Advent Choral Festival in Prague.

Belle Voci, the all-female choir from Clonmel, was the only Irish choir to participate in the Advent Choral Festival held in Prague.  

The choir, under musical director Eamon O'Malley, performed in the Church of St. Martin in the Wall and in St. Nicholas' Church, Old Town, the following day.  

Later that afternoon they joined in the communal singing with all the other participating choirs, with Eamon having the honour of conducting 'Silent Night'.

The Irish Ambassador to the Czech Republic was unable to meet the choir but sent the embassy's cultural, press and information officer Marketa Janikova, who attended the performance on Friday.   

The embassy promoted this event on its Facebook page, which resulted in a number of the local Irish community attending the Saturday event. 

Belle Voci's rendition of the old Irish song,  'Mo Ghile Mear' was particularly appreciated.

As well as sight-seeing tours with their guide, Eva, Belle Voci socialised in the evenings with the other choirs. They enjoyed a boat trip on the river and entertainment by local folk musicians and dancers.  

Being the only Irish choir present, Belle Voci attracted great interest and members were surprised to hear some choirs joining in on 'The Fields of Athenry'.

The choir is grateful to the County Council for providing funding for the trip, and the opportunity was taken to promote Tipperary by distributing promotional leaflets.

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