Visionaries Summer Concert
with Classic Harmony
On Saturday July 8th the Visionaries Choir, under direction of Frank Kelly, performed in St. Audoen’s Church, Dublin. Visionaries were joined by special guests, Classic Harmony, for a beautiful summer evening of song.
Newtownmountkennedy Male Voice Choir
On June 15th Newtownmountkennedy Male Voice Choir, under direction of Frank Kelly, performed a concert with special guests, The Garda Band, in The Parkview Hotel. A summer mix of songs from the male-voice choir repertoire - opera choruses, songs from musicals, popular song arrangements and exciting band numbers sent the audience home humming and happy.
Bray Choral Society
Bray Choral Society, under direction of Frank Kelly, performed in Holy Redeemer Church, Bray on June 3rd. An all Mozart concert featured his Great C minor Mass, a work on an epic scale, his Symphony No 40 in G minor and the beautiful Ave Verum Corpus. Bray Choral Society were joined by The Degani Sinfonia, led by Alan Smale, and some of Ireland’s finest singers; Lynda Lee and Clodagh Kinsella (Sopranos), Owen Gilhooly (Tenor) and Tristan Caldwell (Bass).
Wicklow Choral Society with The Degani Sinfonia
Wonderful evening of Music in St. Patrick's Wicklow
On Sunday, May 28th, Wicklow Choral Society under direction of Frank Kelly, together with a children's choir, performed the exquisitely beautiful Requiem, an early 20th Century work by French composer Maurice Duruflé. This was followed by Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine and Schubert's Mass No 4 in C. They were accompanied by The Degani Sinfonia led by Alan Smale with Simon Bell on organ. Simon Bell is Director of the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and Director of Choral Music and Organist at Dean Close School. Simon replaced organist David Leigh at short notice as David was indisposed. The choir was joined by Soprano Sarah Brady, Mezzo Soprano Eimear McCarthy Luddy, Tenor Ciarán Fennelly and Bass Robert McAllister for the Schubert Mass. The evening finished with a standing ovation.
Kelly Family in Ireland's A Cappella Competition!
Wednesday, August 24th 2016
The Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble (now known as Classic Harmony) took part in Ireland's A Cappella Competition in St. Finian's Church on Adelaide Road in Dublin. Although we were not the ultimate winners, our performance attracted a lot of positive attention and we were unique in being the only family ensemble performing. We really enjoyed the experience.
Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble Performance
Saturday, August 13th 2016
The Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble performed a concert of old favourites in aid of the Ashford Community and Heritage Centre. The programme featured jazz, pop and country music with an emphasis on well-known songs and audience participation.
John and Orlaith Kelly Produce Music Video
Friday, August 5th 2016
John and Orlaith Kelly have produced a music video for Dublin rock singer Tommy Rockit.
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Visionaries Choir & Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble
Saturday, June 18th 2016
On Saturday, June 18th, the Visionaries Choir directed by Frank Kelly and joined by the Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble performed a concert of light classical, popular and traditional songs at St Audoen's Church in Dublin. This was the first public concert by this very special choir for blind and vision-impaired singers. The Visionaries choir is always ready to welcome new members. Contact Peter Gorey on 086 815 0145.
Newtown Male Voice Choir Choir & Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble
On Sunday, June 12th, Newtown Male Voice Choir performed a 'Summertime Songs' concert with guests The Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble. The concert was directed and compered by Frank Kelly and delighted the audience with an evening of traditional, popular and light classical songs.
Wicklow Choral Society and Degani Sinfonia
Standing Ovation for Carmina Burana and Sunrise Mass
On Sunday, May 29th, Wicklow Choral Society, together with with the Degani Sinfonia, soloists and a children's choir were conducted by Frank Kelly as they performed Carl Orff's choral masterpiece Carmina Burana along with the beautiful Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo in St. Patrick's Church, Wicklow. A full house gave the performers a standing ovation.
Bray Choral Society and Frank Kelly celebrate 30 Wonderful Years
Frank celebrates 30 Years of Choral Conducting
On Saturday May 14th Bray Choral Society together with the Degani Sinfonia and soloists were conducted by Frank Kelly in a Gala Concert which celebrated 30 years of the choir founded by Frank in January 1986. The programme included Gounod's triumphant Messe Solennelle and Bizet's exuberant Te Deum along with opera choruses and settings of 'Shenandoah' and 'When the Saints go marching in'.
1916 Commemoration Concert
On Sunday, April 24th the Kellys played at a 1916 Commemoration Concert especially honouring Capt. Robert Monteith (who aided Roger Casement in trying to bring German rifles into Bantry Bay). A great musical afternoon was shared with others including the Newtown Male Voice Choir. The Kellys sang some songs together and also contributed some solos, a duet and some instrumental music to the event.
Ireland Remembers 1916
On Saturday 23rd April in the evening, the Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble hosted a concert in the Ashford Community and Heritage Centre, Ashford. Co. Wicklow. The concert featured Irish Music and Song especially songs of 1916 in Ireland and also some commemoration songs of World War I. There were also some guest musicians who combined with the family to play lively sets of jigs, reels, hornpipes and the St. Patrick's Day Set Dance, which the four young people danced. The whole evening ended with a Singalong of choruses from well-known popular songs during WWI.
Armagh Cathedral - St. Patrick's Day 2016
The Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble sang in Armagh Cathedral to celebrate St. Patricks Day. (YouTube link) The family joined 500 amateur choristers and the professional Voices of Ireland choir along with traditional musicians and dancers in a televised celebration of St. Patrick. The whole programme is an excellent production; it was streamed on the Internet to the USA and the Far East.
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January 2016: Happy New Year!
It's a time of New Year's Resolutions (here is our list)
1. Join a Choir!
Frank is looking forward to the new term with his FIVE choirs!
- Bray Choral Society
have a busy schedule with a 'Magic of Vienna' concert in Bray in February, followed by a Bray Choral Society Birthday Messiah in April and their 30th Anniversary Gala Concert featuring Gounod Messe Solennelle de St. Cecile, Bizet Te Deum and Opera Choruses by Verdi and Others
- Wicklow Choral Society
will be continuing their preparations for their End of Season Concert featuring Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass
- Newton Male Voice Choir
will be welcoming new members in January and developing the choir in preparation for an End of Season Concert in May
- The Visionaries Choir (for blind and vision-impaired singers)
will be welcoming new members in January and taking the next step in their development
- Ashford Parish Choir
will be welcoming new members and will continue to sing at 6.00pm mass on Saturdays through-out the year
- If you would like to get involved in any of these choirs please contact Frank by emailing email@example.com. You can do so by clicking here
2. Take a Class!
Frank is expanding his teaching schedule in January and has slots for students of all ages in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Keyboard, Tin Whistle, Recorder and Accordion. He is also organising Classes in Solfege (Music-reading), Music Appreciation and Junior Cert Music and Leaving Cert Music.
3. Get on Stage!
Limelight Productions (Ireland) Musical Theatre Group for Children, based in Ashford National School, directed by Orlaith, choreographed by Emily and musically-directed by Rebecca are currently in the thick of their preparations with 20 children from 5-12 years of age for a full performance of Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Anyone interested in being involved please contact Orlaith by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can do so by clicking here
4. Look us up!
We are now named Classic Harmony. Formerly known as The Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble, we are developing their repertoire in all styles of music, preparing for weddings booked for this year and are also available for funerals, private and corporate functions. We will continue to put up YouTube and SoundCloud clips; please look us up and leave feedback, and click 'Like' on our Facebook page
Read about Classic Harmony here
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Recent Press Coverage - 2016
Frank Kelly is interviewed on Wicklow this Week on East Coast FM, 21st May 2016:
Classic Harmony (formerly The Kelly Family Vocal Ensemble) perform a contemporary carol by Bob Chilcott
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