Sunday 21 October 2018

Group of young singers make history in Malahide

A group of young singers have made history in Malahide.

The first ever rehearsal of Fingal Boys' Choir (FBC) took place in Malahide Parish Pastoral Centre under the instruction of conductor Grace Bergin and Apprentice conductor Raeghnya Zutshi.

Most of these teen and pre-teen boys had sung as part of either Fingal Children's Choir or Fingal Youth Choir.

However, some new members have joined Fingal Choral programme's most recent development.

Fingal Boys' Choir will give its inaugural performance at Fingal Academy of Music's Winter Gala on December 1 in The Riasc Centre, Kinsealy.

One of the songs the boys rehearsed was 'Barbara Ann', released in 1965 by one of the most talented and successful boy bands of all time - The Beach Boys. Instantly recognisable and catchy, it wasn't long before these Fingal boys were singing 'Barbara Ann' in 4-part harmony (from memory)!

The singers come from all over Fingal, but mainly Howth, Sutton, Portmarnock, Malahide and Swords. As this particular ensemble grows, the group will welcome singers from farther afield and FBC will perform at festivals and concerts across Ireland.

Their next rehearsal takes place on Saturday, November 25 in Malahide Parish Pastoral Centre from 12.30pm-3pm.

There are still places to fill, so all boys aged 8-17 are very welcome. Membership of the choir is free of charge and no musical experience is necessary.#

Conductor Grace Bergin put the boys through their paces musically, but there was also plenty of time for games! Grace studied conducting in Hungary and is now a sought-after conductor in both Dublin and Cork

Working alongside Grace, Raeghnya Zutshi is another highly-qualified conductor whose talent and energy creates a wonderful learning environment for the youngsters,

Fingal Independent