Cherry Cup

1943/44 Committee. Richard Cherry far left, back row.

1943/44 Committee. Richard Cherry far left, back row.

The Cherry Cup competition for vocal quartet was instituted in 1949 to commemorate Richard Cherry (1896-1948).  An active member of the Choral Society from 1918-1947, Cherry sang bass and served on the committee for 27 years, mainly as Hon. Treasurer.

Richard Cherry also had a distinguished and varied career outside Choral.  He was a student at Rugby until the outbreak of World War I, when he joined the Rifle Brigade. He served in France from 1914 to 1916, when he was wounded.  At that point, although he had won a scholarship to Oxford, he chose to enter Trinity College Dublin where he read law and eventually became a barrister.  This decision followed a family tradition of legal study at Trinity – his father, Sir Robert Cherry, had been a TCD graduate and a Lord Chief Justice.

Cherry’s other activities included performing with the Culwick Choral Society, serving as Registrar of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, playing rugby for the Wanderers’ first fifteen, and involvement in the Harding Boys’ Home (on the site of the present Kinlay House) which was established to benefit boys from the country working in Dublin.

The Cherry Cup seems to have been commissioned by Richard Cherry’s sisters Wilna and Kitty.  Its inscription reads, ‘Tune thy music to thy heart, sing thy joy with thanks.’

The 68th Cherry Cup competition will take place on February 17 2016 after rehearsal in Regent House!

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