Tuesday 23 July 2019

A concert of voices

Guest artist Emilie Sheehy plays the cello
Guest artist Emilie Sheehy plays the cello
Choir members sing ‘There ain’t nothing like a dame’ from ‘South Pacific’
Sinead O’Connor, Ann McCann, Aoife O’Sullivan, Liz O’Sullivan, Peadar McCann, Mary Leonard and Mark McCann

Mary Fogarty

More than 100 singers raised their voices in song last week at Mermaid Arts Centre for three concerts by Voices of Bray Community Choir.

This was the sixth series of concerts presented by the choir.

They performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, raising funds for the Shauna Kavanagh Foundation.

Voices of Bray was established in 2013 by John Ivory, the choir's musical director. John sensed that there were many people who would love to sing in a choir but who didn't want to go through an audition and also may not be able to read music.

He was also aware of the therapeutic benefits of singing. So, there is an incredible variety of reasons as to why people join Voices of Bray but the bottom line is that 138 members meet weekly in the Taylor Centre, courtesy of Sunbeam Services, where they rehearse and enjoy the company of one another.

The programme included songs by Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Radiohead, Rodgers & Hammerstein, ELO, and many more, and from shows such as 'The Greatest Showman', 'South Pacific' and 'My Fair Lady'.

Beneficiary of the concerts, the Shauna Kavanagh Foundation, supports people who face long-term health challenges, in particular cystic fibrosis, which was an illness endured by Shauna.

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