This June, the Delaware Women’s Chorus (DWC) will take their talents overseas on a trip to Ireland where they will have three opportunities to perform and also take in many of the country’s famous sights. The DWC is The Music School of Delaware‘s distinguished all-women’s ensemble.
The group is scheduled to perform at St. Mary’s Church in Killarney, present a workshop and concert at the Brockagh Center in Glendalough and a shared concert with an Irish choir at St. Andrew’s Church in Bray. Their program is titled, “Hands Across the Water,” and their repertoire is focused on American and Irish folk music.
“I am tremendously excited about the three performance opportunities open to us as part of the American Celebration of Music in Ireland,” said Joanne Ward, the ensemble’s director.
The itinerary also includes visits to the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Kilkenny, the Wicklow Mountains, Trinity College and Blarney Castle, among others. The trip will finish in Dublin.
“I am anxious for the women of DWC to experience this incredibly beautiful country,” said Ward, “and the warm, welcoming people of Ireland.”
Ward said she is delighted by the support she has received from the Music School. She got the idea for the trip from a brochure she was given by Music School President and CEO Kate Ransom.
Ransom said she is confident this trip will be the experience of a lifetime for all involved. “Under Joanne’s leadership, the Delaware Women’s Chorus has become an outstanding ensemble – and it keeps getting better.” she said. “They share enormous enthusiasm for their process and take well-deserved pride in their accomplishments.”
DWC member Mallory Chase said this is her first trip to Ireland. “I am hoping to see and do as many things as possible while I’m there,” she said. “I’m looking forward to taking in all of the beautiful scenery and experiencing the culture to the fullest extent while I am there.” DWC member Minerva Lermond said she is excited to see Ireland again and share the women’s group with the Irish people.
Ward said the DWC is a strong and cohesive group of women who share a love of music, singing and each other. “I hope that this trip will help establish us as an ensemble of note in the Wilmington choral community,” she said.
Members of the DWC hail from four states, range in age from 20 to 78 and represent a variety of life styles and ability levels. The group was founded in 2004 as an ensemble for women over 18 who had some choral singing experience and wanted to revisit those skills in a healthy and supportive atmosphere.
Before their trip, the Delaware Women’s Chorus will perform “Hands Across the Water” 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17. The church is located at 25 East 2nd Street, New Castle. A Send-Off Concert will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in the Music School’s Wilmington Concert Hall. Both concerts are free and will preview works they will sing abroad.
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