It’s difficult to be an impartial journalist when you’re reviewing the concert of the choir in which you sing, but even if I wasn’t a member, I would consider the Voices of the Boyne ‘Just Sing’ event on Sunday a triumph!
After two frustrating years of singing without a live audience, the all-female community choir unleashed a marvellously eclectic set of songs, from old favourites Stodola Pumpa, Sisi Ni Moja and Never One Thing to new toe-tappers like the Trolley Song and Better Days, which really pleased the capacity crowd.
The Augustinian Church was packed to the rafters, as MC Michael Comyn presented two hours of song and music with a splendid variety, which showcased the best Drogheda has to offer, with proceeds going to Connect Family Resource Centre in Moneymore.
The choir, under the Musical Directorship of Claire Grogan, only returned to in-person rehearsals in March, but their tight harmonies and well-timed melodies – not to mention synchronised body-percussion – belied that fact.
Guest spots from two of Drogheda’s world-class sopranos Hannah O’Brien and Amie Dyer provided some operatic interludes accompanied by Edward Holly on piano, as well as a beautiful set from a collective of traditional musicians led by violinist Tadhg Murphy and conducted by Michael Holohan, who composed some of the haunting tunes.
More choral delights were offered by the Louth Hospital Choir, who joined Voices of the Boyne for a few numbers, including the humorous finale rendition of Humpty Dumpty, which drew the crowd to their feet.
Choir member Grainne Black spoke of the challenges of keeping the choir connected during COVID, and how wonderful it was to be back where they (we) belong; bringing pure joy by just singing.
The concert truly encompassed the community, which is the very ethos of the choir – accepting, inclusive, promoting a spirit of happiness, kindness and unity.
The choir breaks now for the summer, but will return in September where thoughts will turn to their next yuletide gathering.