Welcome to Choirs Can
Choirs Can is an exciting online resource for choirs. Apart from the obvious positive message in the title, the word can may also be read in the Irish language and translates as 'sing'.
We are looking forward to 4 upcoming performances at National Botanic Gardens on June 16th & 18th. Concerts are FREE to attend and there will be some sing-a-long elements - join us in singing the chorus of Óró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile (download the sheet music or simply learn it by ear in the 'songpacks' section on this site)!
Register for free tickets for any of the 4 performances here - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/
5 NEW SONGPACKS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD SOON - Eibhlín a Rún, Fiach an Mhadra Rua, Cruacha Glas na hÉireann, Suigh anseo 'mhuirnín lámh liom. New Arrangements by Deirdre Moynihan, Mark Armstrong and Andrew Synnott.
Many people will already be familiar with the melodies of the songs, which were all included in Cas Amhrán, the 1975 collection of songs assembled by Mícháel Ó hEidhin that can be found in homes and schools across the country. The Choirs Can project, led by Deirdre Moynihan, is aimed at secondary school or non -professional choirs and contains brand new arrangements by Deirdre herself, Mark Armstrong and Andrew Synnott, all well-established Irish composers and arrangers. The arrangements are varied in terms of style and difficulty level which means there will be a song to suit every choral group.
The original Choirs Can project made eight new choral arrangements of Irish language songs from this collection freely available for choirs to download from this website. These arrangements can be found under the "Songpacks" Menu Entry. The Choirs Can Shop now has additional choral arrangements for equal voices and mixed choirs - this sheet music is available to purchase as digital downloads in the shop area.
Choirs Can was delighted that the arrangement of "Óró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile" was the song chosen for The Big Sing at the Cork International Choral Festival on Saturday 4th May 2013 at Cork City Hall. Hundreds of singers joined this gargantuan choral extravaganza and in just 45 minutes the conductor John O’Brien shaped the rabble into a true Rebel Song. This event was a wonderful first performance of a Choirs Can arrangement!!