More men wanted as Gospel Choir is off to powerful start
SWEET HARMONY ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE AS ROSS GETS VOICES TUNED UP
IT’S JUST BEEN set up yet Bray Gospel Choir is already off to quite a promising start, with 40 members already having joined to raise their voices and sing such classics as Oh Happy Day, Lovely Day and Something Inside So Strong as well as some old style gospel hymns.
They had their first rehearsal Thursday night and managed to get a lot of work done.
Our spies tell us that the choir even boasts a (very) famous local – who is unfortunately proving to be infuriatingly camera shy!
Other songs on the repertoire so far include Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Amazing Grace and Like a Prayer.
‘I feel like Whoopie Goldberg!’ said one member of the new group who travelled all the way from Dublin, who spotted a notice in the Bray People. ‘Ross is absolutely amazing. I don’t know how he manages to coordinate so many people who don’t even know each other!’ She said that the people were all extremely friendly and the atmosphere electric. There are already some performances lined up for the coming months, including weddings, performing with Rattle & Hum in Bray SummerFest, the Keith Allen Fundraiser and some private corporate events.
Spectacular tenor talent Ross Scanlon is musical director while locals Ruth Donnolly, Serena Kilkenny and Alex Campton are choir leaders and committee members. ‘We wanted to set up a music group in the community for people so they can express themselves through music,’ said Rugh. ‘We all love singing and have wanted to do something like this for a long time. We noticed that so many people we know have excellent voices but were too shy to sing on their own. Singing together in a group would help build their confidence.’ Ruth added that the choir’s musical influences include soul, rock, classical and blues and that the upbeat tempo of gospel lends itself to the adaptation of these genres.
‘We want to ‘ gospelise’ these influences and entertain audiences while doing so,’ said Ruth, remarking that the members range in age from 18 to 67.
Organisers are currently looking for more men to join as the soprano and alto sections are now full. ‘This choir needs more bass!’ said Ruth. Any singers or musicians interested in joining the Bray Gospel Choir can get more information at www.braygospelchoir.ie
Busy performing at the first rehearsal of the Bray Gospel Choir in the Heather House Hotel.