Choir DirectorKathy Fahey
From the age of 12, Kathy has worked with choirs, both teaching and as accompanist, at local church services and weddings, and by 18, she was teaching piano and had started training her first adult choir, after which time she studied Music at NUIM. For the past 12 years, Kathy has taught piano, singing and handbells in schools all over Mayo, and occasionally travelling to other parts of the country on request.
Kathy is presently director of several choirs – Castlebar Gospel Choir, Vocalessence Ladies Choir, Ev’ry Voice Community Choir, Troubadours (male group), Belcarra Parish Choir and St Anne’s Children’s Choir. Having performed in such prestigious venues as the National a Concert Hall, the American Ambassador’s a Residence, Dublin Castle, the Late Late Toy show, UK National Handbell Symposium, among her most successful projects to date are The Handel Challenge and Gospel Sings Disney.
For the Handel a Challenge in 2013 and 2014, Kathy trained a 100-strong choir to sing Handel’s Messiah in it’s entirety, over a 12 week period, performing with a 16 piece orchestra, and raising in excess of €50,000 for local charities. Gospel Sings Disney was performed by Castlebar Gospel a Choir in June 2015, to audiences in excess of 1400 children and adults, 26 Disney favourites, complete with visuals.
Constantly running to a tight timetable, Kathy makes time each year to undertake projects which will challenge participants, as well as herself