Garda Ladies Choir
The Ladies Garda Choir is an upbeat, lively and audience-focused musical ensemble which brings together female staff members of An Garda Síochána and family members and friends of the organisation. Throughout the year, the Choir maintains an active performance schedule, appearing at fundraising events, official Garda functions, hospitals, schools, and weddings.
Since its formation in 1986, the choir has performed in numerous Irish venues including The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Waterfront in Belfast, City Hall in Cork, Farmleigh House in Dublin and The Ramor theatre in Virginia, Cavan. The Choir has also performed on several occasions in London with the Gwalia Welsh Male Voice Choir.
In addition to its regular commitment to fundraising, in late 2010 the Choir made its first ever foray into competitive singing when it was one of six choirs (out of 20) selected by RTE to take part in an Irish language choral contest. This was made into a three-part television programme (An Cór), which was presented by Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and aired on RTE in March 2011. The Choir went all the way to the final (which was held in The Helix in Dublin on 8 December 2010) and finished as close runners–up.
Variety is the keynote of the Choir and it has an extensive repertoire including favourites from musicals, popular standards and contemporary classics. The Choir is under the expert musical directorship of Rodney Baldwin, who is a harpsichordist and piano teacher of great renown. Its accompanist is Mairead Reidy, a Licenciate of the Leinster School of Music and a former Musical Director of the West County Musical Society.
In 2011, the Choir celebrated its 25th anniversary, which was marked by a Gala Concert on 9 November 2011 in aid of Special Olympics Ireland.
For more information, if you would like to book the Choir for a fundraising event, or if you would be interested in joining, please contact Mary Champion, Chairperson @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Smithers, P.R.O. @ email@example.com
Forthcoming public engagements -
Saturday, 16 May, 2015 - Garda Memorial Service, Dublin Castle @ 12.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 09 June, 2015 - St. Anthony's Novena Mass, Adam & Eve's Church, Merchant's Quay @ 8.00 p.m.