Bantry Community Choir at First Fortnight Festival

Bantry Community Choir is recruiting for a new Music Director. This is an opportunity to lead and develop an established, enthusiastic community choir.

Bantry Community Choir is an inclusive group of men and women who join together to sing – not only because they enjoy singing but also for the benefit of the community. The choir works in close partnership with West Cork Mental Health Services (WCMHS) and West Cork Development Partnership.

The choir was co-founded in 2014 by Nora Edgeworth (Mental Health Advocate) and Kevin O’Shanahan (Nurse Specialist in Mental Health and the Arts, WCMHS) with an ethos of community, inclusion, social interaction and participation for all. That ethos remains at the fore today.

The choir performs in a variety of settings in Bantry, particularly for those who would might otherwise find it difficult to attend a live musical event. They sing for the people at Bantry Hospice, Deerpark Nursing Home and Bantry Day Care. They also sing in Bantry Library in celebration of Culture Night and around the town whether on Bantry Town Square, in the Tourist Office or for the annual Live Life and Sing concert.

Performances and collaborations have included:

  • The First Fortnight festival with John Spillane and the Claddagh Rogues at Triskel Christchurch
  • The West Cork Chamber Fringe Festival
  • The annual Celebration of Health Service Choirs
  • Skibbereen Arts Festival in collaboration with Gamelan Spréacha Geala

Through public performance the choir has made donations in support of local charities including The Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation, Bantry Hospice, Cancer Connect, Teddies for Loving Care (TLC), Rural Animal Welfare Resources and transport for local people to Pieta House. They have also made appearances at fundraising events for other organisations such as CoAction and Clonakilty Lions Club.

If you are interested in the position of Music Director, please contact for further detail.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Friday 9 September at 5pm. 

For more information about Bantry Community Choir visit


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