Monday 24 July 2017

Sligo to come alive with the sound of music


FROM THE barber shop to Sunday mass, the streets and churches of Sligo will echo to the sound of music this weekend.

Shoppers will hear choirs taking part in the 24th International Choral Festival perform at various venues.

Visiting choirs will also take part in religious services on Sunday.

The Choral Festival will have the local economy singing to the tune of about €1 million.

Forty choirs and over 1,500 choristers are taking part in 16 competitions.

They include choirs from Ghana, Wales, England and throughout Ireland.

This year's event takes place from November 6th to November 11th.

Choirs in their full regalia will perform at the Johnston Court and Quayside shopping centres on Friday and Saturday.

Those getting a haircut at Alfie's Barber's Shop, Teeling Street, will be entertained by Autotunes, Dublin, at 1pm on Saturday.

There will also be performances in some of the local pubs.

The Sogo African Traditional Song and Dance group, Ghana, will be in The Cat & The Moon on Saturday at 3pm.

The official opening and concert will be held in the Sports Hall, Mercy College, on Friday, November 9th.

Saint Anne's Church and The Mercy College host the competitive element with the Festival Club at The Sligo Park Hotel and Best Western Southern Hotel.

After the success of the youth and school choirs competitions last year, further competitions have been added in these categories.

Two new competitions confined to Sligo schools also feature.

The Bugle Babes 1940's Swing Trio are just one of the attractions at the Sunday afternoon lunch and cabaret at the Sligo Park at 1.30pm

"All the preparations are in place and we are now looking forward to what should be a fantastic Festival," said Chairman, Joe Kelly.

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