Tullyvin Musical Society - Raising spirits during lockdown
Tullyvin Musical Society has been extremely busy since its first ever Culture Night in 2019. That night they were ‘All Shook Up’ as they launched their show with an Elvis themed event. Since then the members were involved in various activities including an ‘Evening of Music and Song’ in Gallonray House, attending the IPB Pride of Place Awards in Co. Kilkenny and performing at the Cootehill Christmas lights switch-on in November. December was no quieter with a senior citizens Christmas party, singing at LIDL for Sosad and carol singing in Cootehill for SVP. Members also continued to travel to see other shows and support other groups and societies. The New Year and new committee began with the annual fundraising table quiz, which is always a great night. Next was the announcement of their 2020 show The Addams Family. However, just as they confirmed participation in two St. Patrick’s Day parades, Covid-19 arrived and that resulted in further plans being postponed or cancelled. Their next show will be in October 2021.
Tullyvin Musical Society moved into the virtual world and following a unique Zoom meeting all agreed that they keep going and try their best to reach members and the wider community in other ways while remaining safe. Some members joined up with Shane Farrell from Operation Transformation fame in his brilliant project called ‘Virtual Voices’. It was both enjoyable and beneficial. Members of the group also joined online music sessions with Cootehill CCÉ. From May, the infamous ‘Tune in Tuesdays with TVMS’ became part of their week and over the summer months members have been recording and posting videos of themselves performing. This has provided a much needed outlet to relax and has brought members closer together while staying apart. It also gained new members and helped TVMS reach a new audience in a virtual way. It offered a source of online entertainment and escapism while members showcased their talent and connected with others. It was a wonderful success. All through the restrictions the society got involved in charity fundraising events too including joining the online choir for ‘Sing for Saoirse’ and participating in the Kill Shamrocks GAA annual golf classic.
This year also saw the group being nominated for two different awards. At the end of May members of Tullyvin Musical Society were overjoyed when they found out that they had secured an Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) award nomination when the association announced the nominees in a live online broadcast recently. In only their fifth year in existence, the group was nominated in the Sullivan category 2019/2020 for ‘Best House Management’ alongside Fermoy Musical Society and Shannon Musical Society. The members were both shocked and delighted with making the shortlist and to be among the top three in Ireland in this category. The adjudication was carried out in October 2019, during the societies successful four night run of All Shook Up. Being nominated in the ‘Best House Management’ category is acknowledgment of the efforts and imagination of the committee, creative and construction teams and many others in the decorating and presenting of the venue for the show.
In August Tullyvin Musical Society got the unexpected news that the group had been shortlisted for an EPIC award 2020. Their entry was among twenty nine projects chosen from all over Ireland and the UK with TVMS being one of only five shortlisted from Ireland. This competition is organised by Voluntary Arts. The nomination is a recognition of the hard-work and skill involved in the running of such a group. It recognises the dedication of those who participate in an amateur group. It also highlights the benefits for all that the existence of such a group brings to the local community. The shortlisting has provided the society with a platform to showcase what they do, the talent that exists in the area and to shine a spotlight on all the volunteers involved. As part of the competition there is the People’s Choice Award. This is chosen by the public in an online vote. You can find the link on both the Voluntary Arts and Tullyvin Musical Society Facebook pages and at www.voluntaryarts.org/epic-awards-peoples-choice-voting. They would appreciate your vote and the vote of your friends.
The committee is currently planning for Culture Night 2020 which is happening on Friday 18th September. They will be organising an outdoor storytelling event. The community will be meeting to tell ghost stories and old yarns from the past and to celebrate the storytelling culture of the area. It will be a great night. The following night Saturday 19th September members will be attending a virtual AIMS awards ceremony where they will find out who will win the award for ‘Best House Management’. It will be a night of glitz and sparkle. The next day Sunday 20th September is the closing date for public votes in the People’s Choice Award and shortly after the group will discover how they fared in the competition. Certainly lots happening in the society and all are really excited and looking forward to what the world of musical theatre brings in the new normal.
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