Choral socierty seeking silverware at annual awards

All roads lead to Killarney this coming weekend, where the annual Association of Irish Musical Society Awards (AIMS) - the musical societies’ equivalent of The Oscars - takes place in the Gleneagle Hotel.

All roads lead to Killarney this coming weekend, where the annual Association of Irish Musical Society Awards (AIMS) - the musical societies’ equivalent of The Oscars - takes place in the Gleneagle Hotel.

St Mary’s Choral Society from Clonmel are hopeful of coming home with some silver, having been nominated for three awards for their acclaimed April production of Jekyll and Hyde.

Diarmuid Vaughan has been nominated for the Best Actor Award for his performance in the title role of Jekyll/Hyde. This is his sixth AIMS nomination and his second for the best actor, having won it two years ago for his performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar.

The ‘Murder Murder’ scene from Jekyll and Hyde has been nominated for the Best Ensemble Award. This award was introduced just two years ago and on that occasion the society also received a Best Ensemble Nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar.

The show programme, edited by Ruth Butler, has also been nominated in the Best Programme category. Having won this award for the past two years, Clonmel are aiming for AIMS history this year if the award comes back to Clonmel for the third successive year.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the ceremony on Saturday night and the members will have no time to rest following this weekend’s awards ceremony as they are in concert on Friday and Saturday next week (Clonmel on June 21 and Dungarvan on June 22) in The Magic of the Musicals which will feature all the hit numbers from Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Oliver! The Wizard of Oz and Les Miserables. Tickets now on sale at Marian’s.