Dordán News

Dec. 21, 2018

Waterford Health Park
We are truly blessed to have so much talent here in Waterford. Earlier this evening, the Dordan Choir (16 members ably led by their conductor Damien) treated us at Waterford Health Park to their musical brilliance with a powerful festive performance. With funds raised for Lions Club Christmas appeal. Sincere thanks ����

Dec. 20, 2016

Dordán to perform in University Hospital Waterford
Published on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 12:00 pm
The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) will present a live performance by Dordán in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Monday 19th December as part of its Healing Sounds programme.
Formed in 2014, Dordán is an all male voice choir consisting of twenty members from the city and county of Waterford. The choir’s musical director is 25 year old Damien Kehoe, a young director with a strong influence over the group.
The choir sing many numbers that would not readily be associated with a group of men of a “certain age”, but audiences are often surprised to hear U2 or Coldplay songs being given the Dordán treatment.
The choir can just as readily sing Latin Plain Chant pieces that are hundreds of old but which were the basis of church ceremonies for many years ending in 1963.
Recently the choir just finished a very successful trip to Northern France where performances at the American Military Museum and the Basilica of St Terese at Lisieux were among the highlights.
The Waterford Healing Arts Trust is delighted to welcome Dordán to University Hospital Waterford where they will perform for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors. The performance will begin at 1.30pm, all are welcome to attend and admission is free. Healing Sounds in the foyer is kindly supported by the Arts Council and AIB.

Apr. 30, 2015

Eggs, choirs and incense

Eggs, choirs and incense
By John Arnold
Cork Examiner April 2015

There are so many monastic ruins in this country that there’s scarcely a town or a parish where they can’t be found. They reflect the tradition of Christian community living which in many cases pre - dates our patron St. Patrick. Still the very walls of these buildings seem to re-echo with the chanting of ancient choirs. We were once dubbed the Island of Saints and Scholars and when things were bad in Europe it was priests and monks from Ireland who re-lit the flames of faith.

On Easter Sunday, I thought of all these monastic groups that were so much part of our history because on the slopes of the Comeraghs in Waterford the monastic tradition lives on. Founded in 1833 the Cistercian Abbey of Mount Melleray nowadays has a community of just 19, led by Fr. Liam O’Connor.
The place was thronged on Easter Sunday afternoon. I was one of the several hundred who sat in the wooden seats of the magnificent Abbey church. With the April sunshine beating down outside, we were privileged to a rare treat.

In Irish the word dordán can mean to murmur, buzz or hum. Just last November in Waterford a choir came together to sing a Mass in old style plain chant. Their plan was that the event would be a one-off but that’s not what happened. With Damien Kehoe as their Musical Director the choir stayed together and so Dordáns choral Ensemble came into existence. To celebrate Easter and the monastic tradition they came to Melleray last Sunday and their singing could only be described as a tour-de-force, they were just brilliant.

The setting of course was magnificent; the high vaulted ceiling in the Church lends itself to perfect acoustics. I closed my eyes and listened - it could have been any community of priests or monks singing divine songs any time in the last two thousand years. Their versatility was amazing – from Agnus Dei, Ave Verum and Regina Coeli to Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars and Fix You! Each June in Lourdes we hear the Salve Regina sung at the Grotto by night, on Sunday afternoon it was heavenly. Guest singer Clair Musgrave’s renditions of My Lagan Love and The Water Is Wide also brought rapturous applause.

Damien’s guitar playing and Georgia on My Mind was something else. Danny Boy. The Parting Glass and She Moved Through The Fair were all in Dordán’s repertoire. The concert finished at half four - we’d gladly have stayed for another hour! When the choir and the day-trippers were gone, peace and quiet descended over Melleray and the little Cistercian community once again. Easter Sunday, is a time of hope and reflection. We had the choir and the incense - all we needed were a few eggs!

Jan. 2, 2015

New choral ensemble to give first performance

Waterford Mail
Jan. 2015
New choral ensemble to give first performance

Waterford City now has a new men's choral ensemble. The group calling themselves "Dordán" (from the Irish, "to sing with a low voice", "to lament", or "Humming") consists of thirteen men who are all established singers and members of various other choirs and groups from around the area. The very talented young Waterford composer and arranger, Damien Kehoe is the Musical Director.

Dordán will be performing in a very special event in the Franciscan Friary in Lady Lane, Waterford, Sunday 18th of January at 12.15pm, and thanks to the help and generosity of the Friars, a Latin Mass will be offered with chant sung by Dordán.
The Mass will be a mass of commemoration in conjunction with the Solas centre.
It will be a chance to revisit the old Mass and for those who have never attended such a Mass in Latin to do so.

After the Mass people will have the opportunity to listen to original arrangements of Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars and Cold Play's Fix You, and one or two other popular songs in what promises to be a very unique and enjoyable event.

Donations if desired to the Solas Centre at the mass. The Solas Centre offers emotional support to those affected by cancer, including family members and carers to people in Waterford and the South East. The Solas Centre is a charity 100% reliant on income raised through fundraising to support its services.