Founded in 1956 by the late Eugene Mooney, Drogheda’s St. Peter's Male Voice Choir has earned national and international recognition as Ireland's leading male voice choir. Conducted by Edward Holly as Musical Director, since 1996, it has developed a remarkable reputation for quality interpretations of a wide range of choral music and is widely renowned for innovative and highly entertaining concerts that draw not only on a wonderful choral tone but also on its solo performers.
In 1999, the choir became the only male voice choir to be awarded Irish Choir of the Year and has won First Prize at every major male voice choral festival in Ireland, including the Cork International and Sligo International Choral Festivals. St. Peter's Male Voice Choir has also represented Ireland twice at the prestigious Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Wales. In 2003, it was Ireland's sole representative at the inaugural Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival and was the first Irish choir to win the North Wales International Choral Festival.
In 2006, the choir celebrated its 50th Anniversary by giving a Sacred Music Recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, to a capacity audience and made history when it became the first Irish choir to give a concert in the United Nations Building, Manhattan, USA.
St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir has appeared on RTÉ Television and Radio many times and has received numerous honours for its contribution to the arts. In June, 2002, the choir was entered into the Roll of Honour of the Borough of Drogheda in recognition of its service to the community. On 24th May, 2006, the Drogheda Mayor, Thomas Murphy, presented a special award to each of the 12 original members from 1956, many of whom remain members today. On 4th July, 2006, the choir performed for President Mary McAleese and her guests at Áras an Uachtaráin. Other highlights include singing in St. Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium for the Anniversary of St. Oliver Plunkett’s Ordination as Primate of Ireland. The choir’s sell out Christmas concerts at the Tommy Leddy Theatre and St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda are, for many, the start of their festive celebrations. The choir’s 2011 performance with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra of Beatles music was one of the major highlights in the long history of St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir.
The choir actively promotes and encourages the talents of exceptionally gifted vocalists and musicians who accompany them on their recordings and in their live performances. To uphold the future of a choir so dearly loved by the people of Drogheda, St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir and St. Peter’s Parish recently launched the Choral Scholarship Scheme which sees the choir reinvest €12,000 back into the community through a music education programme for young singers.
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The highly successful first CD, The Awakening, increased not only the ensemble's exposure, but gave music lovers everywhere the opportunity to savour the sound of an Irish male voice choir. The So this is Christmas CD was produced by the legendary Brian Masterson. These albums continue to sell successfully as downloads on iTunes.
St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir is very proud of its ongoing tradition of charity performances and in the last three years alone has been directly involved in donating €18,000 to various causes. Our 50 members are looking forward to a busy 2014, which includes the 100th anniversary celebration in June of the Consecration of St. Peter’s Church, West Street, the home of the choir which sings at 11.00am Mass every Sunday. The choir will be singing live on RTÉ Television on Sunday 26th January for a live broadcast mass from St. Peter’s Church.
The choir gives its next concert performance on 6th March with the band of An Garda Siochána in the TLT Concert Hall. 2016 will see the 60th anniversary of the choir and preparations are already underway to mark the occasion in spectacular fashion.