Way back in June of 1982, a small group of singers got together in the Ladies Club in the then UCG to start a new choir in Galway. The musical focus of the choir was from the Renaissance including composers such as Monteverdi, Marenzio, Gesualdo, Lassus, Victoria, Byrd, Dowland and Morley but also Irish composers such as Bodley, Ó Gallachobhair and Buckley. This was the start of Cois Cladaigh. Little did the singers realise that 35 years on, they would still be together to celebrate this birthday.
As part of its 35th anniversary, the choir will be giving a concert in St. Joseph’s, Clifden on April 29th at 8.00. The programme will include Renaissance and contemporary a capella and accompanied music and will feature the World premiere of a piece by the U.S. composer, Frank La Rocca whom the choir commissioned as part of its 35th anniversary celebrations. Tickets (€10.00) will be available on the door.
Since its foundation, Cois Cladaigh has travelled widely throughout Ireland but also makes regular tours outside Ireland including France (3 times), Italy (3 times) Germany (twice), Holland, Portugal, Spain, Poland, U.S.A., Estonia, Belgium and Iceland. The Estonian trip was a great success and the choir was greatly honoured by Arvo Pärt who came to our concert in Tallinn and met with all the singers after the event. Plans are afoot to tour northern Italy in October of this year.
Cois Cladaigh has performed a number of times in Connemara, singing three times in the Clifden Arts Festival and a further 3 times in the Claddaghduff Sea Festival, at the Tully Cross Mussel Festival and once each at the Roundstone and Inishbofin Arts Festivals. The choir also put on a concert in the old sheep shed in Cleggan Farm.
In September 2000, Cois Cladaigh launched its first CD called “Lux Aeterna” which is a selection of the choir’s of Renaissance and Contemporary spiritual music. The second, “An Equal Music”, focuses more on contemporary secular and religious music and to a lesser extent, Renaissance music. The third cd “Beatus Vir”, is a live recording of a concert in Cork, 2007 and the fourth “Puer natus” is a recording of Christmas music. These will on sale at the cocnert
www.coiscladaigh.net and Face Book page.