After 16 years lecturing in UCC’s Music Department, Geoffrey Spratt went on to be the Director of the Cork School of Music for 24 years, and is an acclaimed choral and orchestral conductor. In 1980, Aloys Fleischmann, Aiveen Kearney and Geoffrey Spratt founded the Association of Irish Choirs/Cumann Náisiúnta nCór, now Sing Ireland, and in 1982 he and Aiveen Kearney founded the Irish Youth Choir.
The viola player Constantin Zanidache, founder member of the Academica Quartet and a former teacher at MTU Cork School of Music, recently gave a recital of Bach and John Kinsella in the Curtis Auditorium. Geoffrey Spratt reviews.
Many choirs have not been able to function meaningfully since the pandemic began, but as they start to meet again now is the time to refresh and reflect on their aims, writes Geoffrey Spratt.