More men wanted as Gospel Choir is off to pow­er­ful start

SWEET HAR­MONY ELEC­TRIC AT­MOS­PHERE AS ROSS GETS VOICES TUNED UP

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

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.

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