Some perfomamces are so breathtaking they can be watched over and over and again and yet you never tire of them.
The Maynooth University Chamber Choir surely provided such a momen when they a performnced their version of the song ‘There is Another Sky’ to see scoop the top prize at the Choir of the World Competition in Llangollen, Wales – the Pavarotti Trophy.
The performance in 2016 was full of character. It started off with a slow and solid build up before developing into something more funky until it really did seem to take on a life of its own.
They did a fantastic job of taking their audience on a musical journey and really lit up the stage.
In doing so, they became the first ever Irish winners of the Pavarotti Trophy. The trophy is named after Luciano Pavarotti who competed at the competition with his father in 1955 and won the male voice choir category.
It was named the Pavarotti competition in 2005 to mark the 50th anniversary of the great Italian’s win.
The ‘Choir of the World’ is one of the most prestigious choral competitions in the world and continues to attract internationally renowned choirs.
Over 5,000 performers, including singers, dancers and musicians, head to the six day Llangollen Eisteddfod festival every year, with over 50 countries represented.
President of Maynooth University, Professor Philip Nolan said: “While the term ‘world-class’ gets used often, the Maynooth University Chamber Choir is one entity that is truly deserving of that description, and this win clearly demonstrates that. The entire University community is extremely proud of the Chamber Choir for this impressive achievement and for its role in spreading Maynooth’s reputation for excellence around the globe.”
The video was uploaded by the choir’s conductor, Michael Dawson.
Take a look below and enjoy…
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