Sligo Sings began in Autumn 2015, when the theatre put out an open call to businesses to get involved. The criteria was simple, each choir required a minimum of fifteen participants and each workplace appointed a choir coordinator to work with the theatre and their choirmasters. No previous choir experience was necessary. There were no auditions as Sligo Sings is not a competition, but a celebration of the joy of singing together.
Sligo Sings 2015
Dave Flynn, Niamh Crowley, Eunjoo Goh, Sinéad Conway, Aileen Concannon and Leonard Dorrian were appointed as Sligo Sings choirmasters and began working with choirs from Sligo IT, The Department of Social Protection, Sligo Regional Hospital, Sligo Volunteer Centre, Sligo County Council along with The Markievicz Minstrels. Each choir worked through seven weekly rehearsals with their choirmaster within their workplace. They were encouraged to keep singing between rehearsals, to sing together, sing at their desks, sing in the shower, just keep singing! Along the way, the choir members had an opportunity to meet new colleagues, create new relationships, gain a new sense of wellbeing, relieve stress and have lots of fun! The Hawk's Well are delighted with the progress each choir made in such a short period of time and we hope that they continue to grow as choirs and continue to explore the joys of singing together.
On Sunday, 29th of November 2015, all choirs came together to celebrate their achievement with family and friends at the Sligo Sings evening in the Hawk’s Well theatre. On the evening, each choir performed two individual songs and then all six choirs, comprising over two hundred singers, joined together for the finale song as one major Sligo Sings choir.
'My own experience of taking part in the choir is the fun we are having and how relaxed everyone is. Niamh is such a professional but relaxed and great fun. It's great getting to know everyone from all walks of life and to know we are doing something worthwhile for the community' - Marie Cawley, Sligo Volunteers Centre choir
'We are all enjoying the experience, all very energised and in better form generally. The tutors are great and have a fab way of working with the group, fun and supportive and getting a result…….only for the Hawk’s Well we would never have got to know this wonderful bunch of singers!!' - Assumpta Kelly, Department of Social Protection Choir
'The opportunity to take part in Sligo Sings came along, and it has been wonderful........ a forum to meet some fantastic people. Thanks to everyone involved ' - Heidi Stemp, Sligo Volunteers Centre Choir
Sligo Sings 2016
The Sligo Sings 2016 concert took place in the theatre on Saturday, November 26th and was enjoyed by a packed auditorium. 2016 saw an increase in the amount of participants that got involved with a whopping nine choirs taking part. Choirs from The Pensions Office, Sligo University Hospital, Abbott Diagnostics, Sligo County Council, Sligo Volunteer Centre, Markievicz House, Mercy College, IT Sligo and the Hawk’s Well Community Choir all took to the stage on the night. Each choir individually performed their chosen songs, culminating in a grand finale, where all choirs came together on stage to perform ‘Can’t Help falling in Love with You’.
The Sligo Sings 2016 choirmasters were Ray Cotter, Dave Flynn, Niamh Crowley, Roisin Egan, Michelle Feeney, Eunjoo Goh, Maureen Howley and Amy O’Hara. A wonderful job was done by all concerned and the standard of performance was fantastic.
Sligo Sings 2016 was sponsored by Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board, Sligo County Council, The Sligo Champion, Abbott, Ocean FM, Tiger Print, AIB, Sligo Office Supplies and IT Sligo.