The SSE Airs end their second year on a high note

The SSE Airs, SSE Airtricity’s workplace choir, hit the right note as they claimed victory at the AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross, Co. Wexford on Sunday 24th May.

Their performance clearly struck a chord with the judges as they took first place in the Mixed Choir (fewer than 40 voices) category and took home the prestigious Waterford International Festival of Light Opera Shield.

The choir, which is composed of basses, tenors, altos and sopranos from across SSE Airtricity, delighted the audience with their performances of ‘Cantar’, a Spanish folk song by Jay Althouse, and ‘Wade in the Water’ by Willie Mae Thornton.

The group also fared well in the Sacred Music Category, finishing just a solitary point behind the eventual runners-up. They scored an impressive 87/100 for their performances of Giuseppe Pitoni’s ‘Cantate Domino’ and the Swahili song, ‘Baba Yetu’.

The AIMS Choral Festival, now in its 31st year, is widely renowned for its high competitive standards and friendly informal atmosphere. This year was particularly special, as AIMS is preparing to celebrate its 50th year in existence. There were 20 competitions held across two exciting days, with over 3,500 participants.

This latest award is music to the ears of the SSE Airs, as they mark the end of a successful second year together. Earlier this year, they won the Clef Club Award for Mixed Voice Choirs at the RDS Feis Ceoil in Dublin.

Choir organiser, Avril Hannin, said: “We were absolutely delighted to come first in such a strong category. I’m really proud of our performance, and it’s the perfect way to round off our second year together. As always, a big thank you has to go to our fantastic conductor, Ruaidhrí O Dálaigh, who has coached us from the very start. We’re improving all the time, and it looks like the sky’s the limit for the SSE Airs!”

The SSE Airs will cap their off second year by performing alongside the High Hopes Choir at a special charity concert at St. Andrew’s Church in Dublin on Friday 5 June. The event is sponsored by SSE Airtricity and all proceeds will go to the Dublin Simon Community, Focus Ireland, and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Tickets are now available for €10 here.