VOICES UNITED IN SONG

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

GOREY was a hive of ac­tiv­ity last week­end for the Fes­ti­val of Choirs, a three-day event in aid of County Wex­ford Hospice Home­care.

More than 20 choirs from all over county Wex­ford, con­sist­ing of singers rang­ing in ages from four to 80, per­formed across nu­mer­ous venues in Gorey town and man­aged to raise a stag­ger­ing €8,000.

Chair­man of Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee Paul Brown said the fes­ti­val has grown into a sig­nif­i­cant event in the space of two years.

‘Last year was the very first time we held the fes­ti­val,’ said Paul. ‘We only had 6 choirs, and now we have more than 20 choirs and over 500 voices. It is amaz­ing.’

Sadly lead­ing up to the event mother-of-three Caro­line Mur­phy, who was a for­mer mem­ber of En­nis­cor­thy Choral Group, passed away on Wed­nes­day, May 9, in Gorey District Hos­pi­tal.

Four choirs from Gorey and En­nis­cor­thy came to­gether for a spe­cial event on Sun­day in St Michael’s Church in mem­ory of Ms Mur­phy. Paul said it was the last show of the fes­ti­val and it was a very emo­tional one.

‘It was very mov­ing,’ said Paul. ‘Soloists David O’Con­nor from Ferns and Lynda Whit­more from En­nis­cor­thy got up to sing. Af­ter­wards, ev­ery­one sang a beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of “You Raise Me Up”.’

This year, the ob­jec­tive was to en­cour­age peo­ple who have never sung be­fore. There was a singing class held in Gorey Li­brary on Satur­day.

‘Singing teacher Anita Ma­hon from En­nis­cor­thy taught the class,’ said Paul. ‘The be­gin­ners were so good that they per­formed in the real event at 2.30 p.m. with the acapella choirs from Kil­more Quay and Wex­ford town.’

The main goal of the fes­ti­val is to fundraise for the Wex­ford Hospice Home­care by show­cas­ing the mu­si­cal tal­ent of peo­ple from county Wex­ford and to pro­vide a fo­rum where choirs can come to­gether to sin in a non-com­pet­i­tive way.

Paul said on be­half of the Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee they would like to give a huge thanks to all the vol­un­teers, choirs, spon­sors and to Gorey Mu­nic­i­pal District. Wex­ford Hospice Home­care has been in ex­is­tence for over 25 years and pro­vides home care nurs­ing and sup­port for peo­ple with can­cer. The €8,000 raised will go di­rectly to the char­ity.

Gorey Choral Group. Bun­scoil Loreto, Gorey.

CILA school choir, St Ai­dan’s.

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