Christmas at Blackrock Library
December was super busy for the choir, with three concerts back to back, including a very festive evening of Christmas songs in Blackrock library, in South Dublin.
We also sang with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society at their annual Messiah for All concert in Monkstown Church, which is always a thrill.
And we were deeply honoured to perform for Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, and former President of Ireland (1990-1997) and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002). The performance took place at a ceremony in Dublin where she was a presented with a Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2018, in acknowledgement of her lifetime of work as an advocate and defender of human rights, climate justice and gender equality.
The SuperTones Solo Concert
We finished off our wonderful and busy year with a solo concert of music and poetry, with all our friends and family to support us - they even joined in with some of the songs! We had songs about birds and the sea, poems of nature and even a rainstorm passed overhead… thankfully no one got wet!
Thank you to Karen who has been helping behind the scenes all year, thank you to Aoife our wonderful and musical transition year helper, and thank you to all the parents and carers who support all the SuperTones all year round. Have a lovely summer everyone! See you in September!
Melodies in May, Dalkey Library
Melodies in May is a lovely series of concerts run by the marvellous Maria of Dalkey Library and the SuperTones were delighted to be a part of it. On a wonderful sunny evening we got to sing our favourite songs in front of our friends and families. Thank you to Maria and all at Dalkey Library!
The Windhover - with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society
The SuperTones joined forces with the Dun Laoghaire Choral Society to perform, for the very first time, a specially commissioned piece by Tom Lane. It was a hugely special project and is a glorious piece of music set to the poem “The Windhover” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. We can’t wait to soar and sing it again. Congratulations to Tom Lane and John and the Choral Society - we look forward to collaborating with you again soon!
Easter Performance - with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society
Through the snowy blizzards twelve brave SuperTones valiantly sang at the Dun Laoghaire Choral Society’s March performance in Monkstown. We melted away the snow and cold with our fun performance of Yellow Bird - a song from Haiti originally, and now fast becoming our SuperTones anthem!
The SuperTones were treated to a special visit from Shane, Igor and Jazz Cat from Dabbledoo Music! We made music with boomwhackers, triangles, shakers and chime-bars. Check out what Dabbledoo do here: https://dabbledoomusic.com/
Light up for Laura Lynn
The SuperTones were delighted to perform for all the children and their families and carers in Leopardstown for the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice annual Christmas Fair, “Light Up for Laura Lynn”. They joined some wonderful musicians, including super special and surprise guest Hozier!
Messiah For All - with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society
The SuperTones were delighted to perform with their parent (and grandparent!) choir, the Dun Laoghaire Choral Society at their annual Christmas concert in Monkstown. They performed an atmospheric piece called Winter Snow, by Robert Applebaum, and The Star Carol by John Rutter.
Town Choir - with Theatre Replacement and Tonnta, Dublin Fringe Festival
The SuperTones joined forces with Canadian theatre company Theatre Replacement and Irish vocal ensemble Tonnta led by Robbie Blake for the performance of Town Choir. This special project involved the the singing of text that was written live by two writers, Dave Rudden and Deirdre Sullivan. The music was composed by Robbie Blake. The performance took place in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.
Messiah for All
The SuperTones opened the Dun Laoghaire Choral Society annual Messiah for All concert, under the direction of new Music Director Julie Shanley
Irish Youth Dance Festival
The SuperTones were invited to partake in the Irish Youth Dance Festival, performing in both The People's Park and the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Given the time of year, not many of the children were available but those who were sang beautifully, while the dancers danced. It was also an opportunity for them to meet their new music director, David Brophy.
Mt Anville Choral Society Celebration of Irish Music
The SuperTones made their debut performance at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on June 16th as part of Mt Anville Choral Society's Celebration of Irish Music concert. The SuperTones joined forces with the Mt Anville adult choir and children's choir Krescendo Kids, as well as the Humanitarian Symphony Orchestra, all under the baton of Music Director Karen Ni Bhroin. With a programme of all-Irish music, the children performed with style, grace and wonderful musicality and it was a fantastic way to end Karen's tenure as Music Director of The SuperTones. She will be missed!
ESB Feis Ceoil
This was The SuperTones second outing to the Feis Ceoil, participating in the U-13s Junior Choir competition. The jury awarded them a fantastic 85 points for their performance and they were awarded second place in their category. A fantastic achievement for the children and Music Director Karen Ni Bhroin!
Christmas Concert with the St Mary's Brass and Reed Band, Maynooth
The SuperTones made their first performance with St Mary's Brass and Reed Band Maynooth in a great Christmas concert on 13th December in the Glenroyal Hotel and Leisure Centre, Maynooth. The band also directed by SuperTones' Music Director Karen Ni Bhroin, so it was a great opportunity for the children to sing with a brass band.
Light Up LauraLynn
This is always a very special occasion for The SuperTones as they bring lots of festive musical cheer to the children and staff at the LauraLynn Children's Hospice in Foxrock, Co Dublin. The annual Light Up LauraLynn is a favourite annual event in the area and The SuperTones are delighted to be part of it for the second year running.
ESB Feis Ceoil
This was The SuperTones first year entering the Feoi Ceoil and what a fantastic experience it was for the choir. They came joint third in their category. Have a listen to their entry in this video>>>
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Back by popular demand, the "Dahl-Factor" event has become an annual favourite in the children's programme of the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, traditionally held every September in Dun Laoghaire. The SuperTones were once again star performers at this year's event, with their enthusiastic and stylish performances of such Roald Dahl-inspired favourites as The Oompa-Loompa Song, Wonka's Welcome Song and many more.
Concert with the Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra,
13 April 2014, Moate
The SuperTones made their debut performance with the Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra in Moate, Co. Westmeath in a stunning performance that included songs from The Sound of Music, Les Miserables and Matilda but also an impressive song purely sung in solfa and another which included actions in sign language. The children sang beautifully and of course were very excited by the road trip to Moate and back! Well done to Karen Ni Bhroin, The SuperTones conductor, and all the children.
RTEJnr Elev8 Christmas Special,
21 December 2013
The SuperTones made their first television appearance on RTE Jnr's Elev8 Christmas special, singing the festive When Santa Got Stuck up The Chimney in a very festive studio bedecked with a sparking Christmas tree, fairy lights and plenty of Christmas cheer. It was a great experience for the young singers and an exciting way to top off their year. They can be viewed at 19mins36secs into the show via this facebook link
The Nutcracker, The Gaiety Theatre, November 2013
Another exciting venture for The SuperTones, this time in collaboration with Ballet Ireland and the RTE Concert Orchestra in their production of The Nutcracker at The Gaiety Theatre. The SuperTones are singing the Waltz of the Snowflakes for four evening performances and one matinee.
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
The SuperTones were delighted to be invited by the organisers of the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival to participate in two events in the family programme: the Picture Book Picnic in the People's Park and at The Dahl Effect event in the town hall where The SuperTones sang a number of Roald Dahl inspired songs from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda among others.
The SuperTones & Emmet Cahill
The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
26 May 2013
This was The SuperTones first real step onto a professional stage! And what a show it was. Performing together with Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder fame, The SuperTones gave a stellar performance of music from well known movies and musicals to a full house! Under the expert direction of conductor Karen Ni Bhroin, the children and Emmet were accompanied on piano by David Brophy and on bass by Joe Csibi, with Guy Rickarby on drums.
Carol Singing, Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre, December 2012
The choir got to repeat their performance from the Messiah for All and add in some seasonal favourites, in another Laura Lynn fundraiser in Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. They raised a total of €420 for the charity.
Messiah for All, Monkstown Parish Church, December 2012
The SuperTones performance at the annual Dun Laoghaire Choral Society Messiah for All included When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney, the Ukrainian Carol, Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, Night of Silence and I'm a Little Christmas Cracker.
Sing for Our Summer, June 2012
A summer concert in aid of Laura Lynn, The SuperTones sang a wide repertoire of songs from Karl Kenkins' Adiemus to Adele's Someone Like You, traditional Irish songs and some songs from well known musicals such as The Wizard of Oz and Les Miserables.
DLR County Council Arts Policy Launch, February 2012
The choir was invited to perform at the launch of the DLRCoCo Arts policy launch at the Town Hall in Dun Laoghaire, in the presence of An Cathaoirleach John Bailey
Messiah for All, Monkstown, December 2011
The SuperTones first ever performance, in collaboration with the Dun Laoghaire Choral Society's annual Messiah for All concert. The SuperTones sang pieces such as The Calypso Carol and the Cowboy Carol. and were accompanied by DLCS in a touching rendition of Away in a Manger.
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