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A chat after choir practice in St. Michael’s Church
on a Summer’s evening in 1923 marked the beginnings of the
Ballinasloe Choral and Orchestral Society. With a “fiver” conributed by
a local curate, Rev. Fr. John Heenan, in the kitty, it was decided to prepare Gilbert and Sullivan’s one-act Operetta "Trial By Jury" for presentation later that year. The church organist and choirmistress, Miss Lavinia Sheridan L.I.S.M agreed to act as both Producer and Musical Director. Encouraged by the reception given to "Trial By Jury" the infant Society went on to present the more popular of the Gilbert and Sullivan pieces, like "H.M.S. Pinafore", “The Pirates of Penzance”, and “The Mikado”. Next the Society moved into Grand Opera and presentations of the lighter works such as “Maritana”, and “The Bohemian Girl” were matters of musical moment thet gave the society confidance and added greatly to its reputation.......Looking back over those shows of the early years, we are reminded of the pioneers of the Society and the names of those who appeared in those very early productions come flooding back. John Holloway, Michael Croghgan, “Baby” Fitzpatrick, Mary Leech, Isobel Devitt, Nell Crichton, the Moores, Dick and Bertie, are singers of quality that older patroons of the Society can recall. Most of them are no longer with us but one may hope that they are now part of the heavenly choir. The members of the Society today salute them and thank them for the worthwhile heritage they have handed on......... read more

Ballinasloe Musical Society, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

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