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Sunday 27 May 2018

Singers shine at summer concert

Donagh Wylde and Ger Lawlor
Donagh Wylde and Ger Lawlor
The Wexford-based acapella group Cairde

Pádraig Byrne

The first signs of summer were evident at The Presentation Centre as Enniscorthy Choral Society gathered some of the finest singers and performers from across the county for their annual Summer Concert.

The concert has proved a hit in recent years and this year was no different as a large crowd filed into The Presentation Centre for a night of music. This year sees the 25th anniversary of the choir's foundation and they have a busy programme set out over the next year which includes concerts on home soil and away. On the night, it was evident just why the group has lasted so long and carved a special place in people's hearts. From classics from Mendelssohn and Fauré to somewhat more modern hits from Billy Joel, the group showed a versatility that has gained them massive critical acclaim in recent years.

There was plenty of new talent on show on the night two. Coláiste Bríde students Alice Medcalf (15) and Ellen O'Gorman (16) wowed the audience with their performance. Ellen performed 'Someone Like You' from the hit musical 'Jekyll & Hyde' before Alice impressed with 'Evensong' by Lehmann. The pair then combined to wonderful effect on 'For Good' from the musical 'Wicked'.

Also performing on the night were Rebecca, Catherine and Olwyn, a trio of music teachers from Wexford who perform under the name The Grattan String Trio who presented some beautiful pieces from Haydn and Tchaikovsky, while newly formed Wexford-based a capella group Cairde enjoyed one of the first big shows with a version of 'Caravan of Love' by the Housemartins capturing the imagination in particular. Finally, adding an international flavour to proceedings, The Teach Bhríde Fellows are a trio of US natives who are part of a postgraduate volunteer programme focusing on liturgical music and religious education in primary schools. They offered a modern twist with songs from Sara Bareilles and KT Tunstall.

Accompanist on the night was the wonderful Rebecca Warren while Donagh Wylde, as always was the man with the baton directing the Choral Society. The evening proved a big success and Enniscorthy Choral Society wished to thank their sponsors, those who attended on the night and anyone who helped out in any way.

The group is always looking for new members. For more details, see www.enniscorthychoralsociety.com.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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