Edmund Rice CMS

The Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society was one of the 2 main musical societies in Waterford from the late 1970’s until the early 90’s.  A multi-award winning society, it is still in existence right up to today although at the moment it focuses of choral singing with it’s core membership.

1990 – Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society – Guys And Dolls – Programme

Here is the programme from the ERCMS 1990 production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ – directed by Greg Scanlon. 1990 – Guys And Dolls – Show Programme

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1985 – The New Moon – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society’s 1985 production of ‘The New Moon’. Click below for a browse. 1985 – The New Moon – Show Programme

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1991 – My Fair Lady in the Bangor Festival of Light Opera

Roughly this week 30 years ago the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society were in the Northern Ireland Festival of Light Opera. Here is the season brochure. 1991 – Northern Ireland Festival Of Light Opera – My Fair Lady

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Video – With A Little Bit Of Luck – My Fair Lady – 1991

From the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society production of ‘My Fair Lady’ from 30 years ago – way back in 1991, here is ‘With A Little Bit Of Luck’.

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Video – No Business Like Show Business – Annie Get Your Gun 1992

From the 1992 Edmund Rice Production here is ‘No Business Like Show Business’ featuring Des Whelan, Peter O’Brien, Des Manahan and Martina Flynn Shanahan.

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Video – Wash That Man – Edmund Rice CMS – South Pacific 1993

Here is ‘Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair’ from South Pacific 1993, produced by the Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society.

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Video – When A Felons not Engaged In His Employment – Pirates Of Penzance – 1994

From the Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society’s 1994 production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ here is Denny Corcoran leading the troops as the Chief of Police in a Keystone Cops-esque take on the song.

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Waterford Theatre Videos – When The Foeman Bears His Steel – 1994

From the 1994 production of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ comes the keystone cops version of the policeman chorus singing ‘When The Foeman Bears His Steel’, fronted by Denny Corcoran. Produced by the Edmund Rice Choral & Musical Society.

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Videos – Lost In His Arms – Annie Get Your Gun – 1992

One of the First Ladies of Waterford Musical Theatre – Martina Flynn – in a brilliant performance of ‘Lost In His Arms’ from the 1992 Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society’s production of Annie Get Your Gun.

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WTA 155 – Down On MacConnachy Square – Brigadoon 1995

I had a request for this one – and am happy to oblige. From the 1995 production of Brigadoon at the Theatre Royal here is the opening number. The show was produced by the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society.

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Waterford International Festival Of Light Opera – 1997 – Season Brochure

These season brochures are so important to archive. This year our sole Waterford representative was the Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society with Iolanthe. Mind you our near neighbours from Carrick On Suir were down with an excellent Me And My Girl. Other outstanding shows that year included Some Like It Hot – Dublin Musical Theatre Players and a brilliant …

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WTA 148 – When The Foeman Bears His Steel – Edmund Rice CMS 1996

Jumping back 24 years today to 1996 and a piece of G&S. The Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society presented ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in the Theatre Royal and here is an extract. This featured Denny Corcoran as a Groucho Marx styled Chief of Police!

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Video – The Sun Has Got His Hat On from ‘Me And My Girl’

A little bit of Me And My Girl today and the opening to Act 2 – ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On’. This is from the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society and this production was staged in 2003, directed by Bryan Flynn. Enjoy!

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WTA 120 – On The Street Where You Live with Billy McCarthy

Billy McCarthy would have turned 65 this weekend just gone, and it seems as good a time as any to replay one of his party pieces – the beautiful ‘On The Street Where You Live’ from ‘My Fair Lady’ – produced in 1991 by the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society. Billy, as we all know, was a great friend …

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Video – Modern Major General – Des Manahan

Des Manahan has long been the definitive G&S performer in Waterford and beyond, and in 1996 and 1998 he played one of his favourite parts for the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society – Major General Stanley. We’ve already featured the 1998 production in a previous video – so here is Des in all his glory in 1996 performing ‘Modern …

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Video – The Indian Scene from Annie Get Your Gun 1992

This is another classic scene from the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society’s production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in 1992 starring the legendary Martina Flynn as Annie and Denny Corcoran as Chief Sitting Bull.

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WTA 102 – The Pirates of Penzance – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society

1998 was a time when any shows going on had to find alternative venues as the Theatre Royal was closed for renovations. The Edmund Rice society chose to produce ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and tour the production around the South East in various venues. This particular extract was recorded in St. Michaels Theatre in New Ross. Added to the Edmund …

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WTA 084 – 1991 – My Fair Lady – Get Me To The Church On Time

Another classic video today – way back to 1991 and the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society’s production of ‘My Fair Lady’. Featuring the late great Denny Corcoran as Alfie Doolittle, it also features prominently the late Peter O’Brien, another stalwart of the music and choral scene in Waterford.

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WTA 079 – The Lambeth Walk from Me And My Girl – 2003 – Edmund Rice

Today’s video is the classic ‘Lambeth Walk’ from Me And My Girl from Bryan Flynn’s 2003 production of ‘Me And My Girl’ for the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society. A terrific front line, dancers and orchestra for this one.

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1998 AIMS Awards Banquet Menus and Nominations

It’s the AIMS weekend – the Oscars of musical societies in Ireland and Killarney is the place to be tonight! Time to reminisce on older AIMS awards – back 20 years to 1998 when Premier Productions was nominated for ‘Joseph’ as best show, Michelle Condon for Best Choreographer and Ben Hennessy for Best Sets. Also nominated that year was the …

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2008 – The Mikado – Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society – Show Programme

Some of the finest G&S productions ever seen in Waterford came from the Edmund Rice stable, and this is no exception. In 2008 the Edmund Rice society engaged the wonderful Andrew Nicklin who had produced some of the finest shows that visited WIFLO over the years. The show was – The Mikado and the ultra glossy coloured show programme is …

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1998 – Pirates of Penzance – Edmund Rice Choral & Musical Society

In 1998 Edmund Rice presented another of their highly successful G&S outings – this time the all-time classic ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Here is the show programme. 1998 – Pirates of Penzance – Show Programme

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2004 – Die Fledermaus – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society.

For its 2004 production the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society chose the Strauss epic ‘Die Fledermaus’ – and used a huge orchestra and a host of local talent with some national talent to bring it to the Waterford Stage. Here is the show brochure – have a look. 2004 – Die Fledermaus – Show Programme

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Video – Des Manahan – ‘My Motter’ from the Arcadians 1989

Here’s Des Manahan with a great comic turn –  ‘My Motter’ from ‘The Arcadians’ in 1989.

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WTA 061 – ‘Waiting For My Dearie’ from Brigadoon 1995 – Edmund Rice

Back to 1995 we trip to the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Societies production of Brigadoon. Featuring the lovely voice of Michelle Kennedy here is ‘Waiting For My Dearie’, one of the early songs in the show with the female chorus. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=ZW3zXaVz8qg

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1995 – Edmund Rice ‘Brigadoon’ – Press Clippings

Today’s look back is to 1995 and some original press clippings from the pre-publicity for the Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Societies production of  ‘Brigadoon’. Clipping 1 Clipping 2 Clipping 3 Clipping 4

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WTA 054 – 1992 – Annie Get Your Gun Opening – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society

It’s wonderful to see extracts like this with the legendary Des Manahan in full flight. A short video – the opening dance and number from the 1992 production of Annie Get Your Gun. It never ceases to amaze me – no microphones on display anywhere… these days we have them on everyone, but back then it was project or get …

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2001 – The Yeoman Of the Guard – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society

In 2001 the ERCMS presented their 24th production – Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Yeoman Of the Guard’ in the Theatre Royal. Here is the show programme. 2001 – The Yeoman Of The Guard – Show Programme

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WTA 049 – 1988 – Ol’ Man River from Showboat – Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society

A simply wonderful performance from Noel Hayes as he performs ‘Ol Man River with the full male chorus backing. In 1988 times were more simple – we would never get away with that makeup in todays world – and most would say rightly so. Still – sit back and enjoy his wonderful voice and enjoy a snippet from ‘Showboat’ 1988. …

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1997 – Iolanthe – Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society

In 1997 the ERCMS were presenting ‘Iolanthe’ in the Theatre Royal. this was the Edmund Rice’s 21st production. The show programme is added below. 1997 – Iolanthe – Show Programme

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1996 / 1997 AIMS Banquet Menus

Here is an unusual piece of memorabilia, but no less significant… Two AIMS banquet menus with Waterford nominations listed on them. 1996 and Stage Fright’s Chess was nominated for Best Set, Best lighting and Best Stage Manager – winning the Stage Manager award. Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society picked up nominations for Best Choral Singing,Best Female Voice – Michelle Kennedy,Best …

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1992 – Annie Get Your Gun Rehearsal Footage

I didn’t have to think twice about sharing when this footage came into my hands. It is of course from the 1992 production of Annie Get Your Gun by the Edmund Rice society. There are so many legends in this video that are not with us anymore. Sylvia Walker – legendary accompanist, Edmond Flavin, Denny Corcoran, Howard Douglas, the list …

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1999 – Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society – Showboat

In 1999 Edmund Rice produced the classic ‘Showboat’ in the Theatre Royal. Directed by Pat McEvoy it managed to pick up an AIMS nomination for Richie Hayes in the role of rubber face at the 1999/00 awards. Here is the show programme. 1999 – Showboat – Show Programme

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WTA 026 – 1995 – Rehearsals for Brigadoon with the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical society.

This is a real blast from the past – a video taken by Martin Kennedy of what appears to be close to the final rehearsals for ‘Brigadoon’. Filmed in St. Otterans hall you can clearly see the set being built and the cast going through their final paces on the set. You might see an arts critic or two in …

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Oklahoma! – The Edmund Rice Choral And Musical Society, 1987

Today I have a programme from the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society’s production of Oklahoma! way back in 1987. Its actually quite a unique programme because a lot of the production team and cast signed it, and it’s part of Peter O’Brien’s collection. Thanks to Paul for letting me use it. Also included is a press clipping from 1987 …

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‘Maritana’ celebrated the first refurbishment of the Theatre Royal in 2000.

In 2000, the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society celebrated the refurbishment of the Theatre Royal with a quite apt production of ‘Maritana’ by William Vincent Wallace. The show programme for this production featured articles by the legendary Larry Fanning – custodian of the Theatre Royal for so many years as well as a wealth of other information. Have a …

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WIFLO 1996 Season Brochure added to Archive

In 1996 Stage Fright were doing ‘Chess’, Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society were presenting ‘The Mikado’ and Tramore Combined Schools were performing the premier of ‘Whistle Down The Wind’. It was the most Waterford societies ever to appear competitively in the same festival. Have a look at the season brochure below, or have a browse of the entire WIFLO archive …

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Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society 1980, 84 Programmes

Some vintage show programmes for the archive today. 1980 – Calamity Jane, 1984 – Die Fledermaus and 1985 – The New Moon. This is a throwback to the time when there were only 2 adult societies in the city – Edmund Rice and De La Salle and their respective shows were standout events in Waterford’s entertainment calendar. Enjoy! 1980 – …

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Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society Programmes 1990, 1993, 1994

Today we’ve added 2 programmes to our Edmund Rice archive – to view them click on 1993 – South Pacific 1994 – Pirates of Penzance That completes a huge chunk of their history in Programmes from 1988 to 1996. Thanks to Kitty Power for dropping in these and so much more that will be shared over the coming weeks / …

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