History of Society

Bray Musical Society was established in 1952 and has staged a concert or full-scale musical (often both) every year since. We now also do a Pantomime in November, and we also enjoy taking part in the AIMS New Ross Choral Festival in May.

For the first three decades we staged only Operettas including “Waltzes from Vienna”, “Rose Marie”, “White Horse Inn”, and “The Merry Widow”. But times changed and we changed with them, to produce shows such as “Oklahoma”, “My Fair Lady”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Annie Get Your Gun”.

Then someone had the foresight to suggest doing a couple of shows, back to back, which starred a lot of children i.e. “Oliver” and “Annie”. This initiative is still paying dividends, as many of those “children” are now active adult members of the society.

This last decade we have concentrated on big chorus/dancing musicals, including “West Side Story”, “Me and My Girl”, “The Hot Mikado”, “Crazy For You”, “Honk”, “Carousel”, “Copacabana”, “Annie get your Gun” and “Pippin”.

Recently we have started doing a pantomime before Christmas, including “Babes in the Wood”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella in Venice” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”. These have proved a great day out for all the family.

In 2012 Bray Musical Society celebrated our 60th year, we celebrated with a concert. This included performances from past members Ross Scanlon and Fiona O’Carroll who came back from West End to celebrate with us.