Friday 9 December 2016

High Hopes choir aims for Eurovision dream with dress rehearsal at Electric Picnic

Published 02/09/2016 | 02:30

The High Hopes Choir performs in Christchurch Cathedral Photo: Kyran O'Brien
The High Hopes Choir performs in Christchurch Cathedral Photo: Kyran O'Brien

An Irish High Hopes Choir aims to compete in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest thanks to a dress rehearsal at Electric Picnic this weekend.

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The Cork choir, which represents the city homeless, is now working on a special song which they have urged National Song Contest officials to consider for next year's Eurovision finals in Ukraine.

Penned by French singer-songwriter, Fabrice Fortune, the as-yet-unnamed track was specially written with the Eurovision in mind.

The choir were thrilled when they were invited to perform at Electric Picnic.

They were further stunned when legendary Dublin rock group Aslan also invited them to join forces for a stage appearance this autumn.

The Cork High Hopes Choir urged the National Song Contest judges to allow Ireland, the country which boasts the record number of Eurovision wins, to once again set the agenda in the competition.

"This is not a novelty entry," Paul Deegan said.

"We are working really hard at this and we want it to be a sincere effort. This song will help put the heart back in the Eurovision."

The Cork choir also wants other High Hopes groups across Ireland to join forces with their effort. There are now three High Hopes Choirs in Ireland - one each in Cork, Dublin and Waterford.

The choirs work to boost morale within the homeless community and also to raise valuable funding for homeless charities.

They were the brainchild of former RTÉ Concert Orchestra conductor David Brophy and have attracted acclaim wherever they have performed.

Mr Fortune is confident that the choir and song will win both hearts and minds.

"Our hope is not just to send a message. We want to be that message," Mr Deegan said.

Irish Independent

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