Founded in 1970, the Tredagh Singers started life as St. Peter’s Choral Group, adopting their current name in the late 1990’s.
With 65 mixed voices the choir has achieved great success over the years by taking part in (and winning!) choral competitions at home and abroad. The choir has a wide repertoire spanning the range from 16th Century polyphony and the music of the 21st century, including Irish works.
The Tredagh Singers believe in promoting original pieces, particularly when advancing the works of their contemporaries. A striking example of this was the success achieved at the Cork Choral Festival in 2002 with ‘Winter in Meath’ composed by Drogheda man Michael Holohan. The award was for the ‘performance of a contemporary choral piece by an Irish composer’.
The choir has earned an outstanding reputation under the direction of Patricia Hegarty, for their musicality, beauty of tone and obvious love of singing. Patricia trained at the prestigious Kodaly Institute in Hungary and now lives in Drogheda. She rehearses the choir on a Monday night at Barlow House, Drogheda, from 8 o’clock for a couple of hours, introducing a new musical piece every three weeks.
The Tredagh Singers kicked off the current busy year last September with the resumption of rehearsals in preparation for December. A choral mass for the deceased members was held early in the month. This was followed by two Christmas recitals, one in the Church of Ireland in Slane and one in St. Peters Catholic Church in Drogheda. On the second day of the new Year, the choir sang at the church wedding of a former member in Drogheda. The annual Festival of Song, held in early February in the Dominican Church in Drogheda, provided an outing for the choir in the company of seven other local and national choirs.
More recently, the choir finished the season on a high note by winning the Sacred Music competition at the Arklow choral festival and also the Mixed Voice Choir and Madrigal section at Chester Choral Festival.