The Airs hit the right note at RDS Feis Coil

The Airs, SSE Airtricity’s workplace choir, were once again on song as they performed at the prestigious Feis Ceoil in Dublin’s RDS Concert Hall on Friday 19th March.

Their performance clearly struck a chord with the judges as they claimed the Clef Club Award for Mixed Voice Choirs and took home the Oliver O’Brien trophy. The choir, which is composed of basses, tenors, altos and sopranos from across the company, entertained the audience with their ensemble performances of ‘Cantar’, a Spanish folk song by Jay Althouse, and ‘Wade in the Water’ by Willie Mae Thornton.

This was the Airs’ second year performing at the Feis Ceoil. Last year, their on-song renditions of ‘Somebody to Love’ and ‘Loch Lomond’ earned them a Highly Commended award from the judges.

The Feis is Ireland’s biggest classical music festival and plays a key role in the development of musical talent in the country. The festival first took place in 1896 and more than half a million people have competed at it since. This year, over 5,000 entrants from all 32 counties will participate, with 180 individual competitions taking place over 11 days.

The trophy will be music to the ears of the Airs as they prepare for their next major outing. They will mark the end of their second year with a performance at the 31st AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross, Co. Wexford, in May. 

The group will be hoping to finish the year on a high note, but they will have to put in another sharp performance, as the New Ross festival is renowned for its high standards. Over 1,000 participants are expected to perform, with 20 competitions taking place over two days.

Choir organiser, Avril Hannin, said: “It’s been wonderful to watch the Airs develop over the last couple of years. We were so proud of our award at the Feis last year, and I think it really inspired us to go that one step further this time around. A big thank you has to go to our conductor, Ruaidhrí O Dálaigh, who has coached and nurtured us since the very start. We’re improving all the time, so hopefully this trophy is the first of many! We’re looking ahead to the New Ross festival now, and it would be great to finish our second year in style with another strong performance.”