Sharon and the boys put on a truly pro­fes­sional per­for­mance

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

IN the mod­ern era when most of our pre­sent day chil­dren are pre­oc­cu­pied with dig­i­tal games and gad­gets, how re­fresh­ing it was to lis­ten to a group of boys, the Drogheda Boys Choir, de­liver an evening of such seren­ity in choral singing.

Par­ents, fam­i­lies, friends and guests were en­chanted by the Drogheda Boys Choir who com­pleted their first sea­son with a beau­ti­ful recital re­cently in the Holy Fam­ily Church in Balls­grove. Pride was in abun­dance among the par­ents on hear­ing their sons sing so beau­ti­fully in choral har­mony to bridge a 60 year gap of boys choral singing in Drogheda.

Their lovely en­try into the church and onto the al­tar to the strains of “Pa­nis An­geli­cus” set the trend for a mar­vel­lous evening of choral singing which brought huge ad­mi­ra­tion from the in­vited au­di­ence. This new ad­di­tion to the bur­geon­ing tal­ent which now abounds in Drogheda has to bring the town into the higher ech­e­lons of cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment in the coun­try.

The Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor of this choir is none other than Sharon Gaynor, her­self, a prodi­gious tal­ent and a singer who is na­tion­ally renowned. She has shown that she pos­sesses mu­si­cal tal­ent be­yond her fab­u­lous voice. Her tu­ition was cer­tainly borne out in the splen­did per­for­mance of her choral stu­dents dur­ing a mar­vel­lous evening.

There were also spe­cial mo­ments when Chris­tian Camp­bell, at just six years of age, led the choir as the soloist in “You Raise Me Up“to the ut­ter as­ton­ish­ment of the au­di­ence. Later in the recital, the three Connor brothers were to the fore­front in a fan­tas­tic ren­di­tion of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. The syn­chro­ni­sa­tion of the har­monies here was in­dica­tive of the choirs abil­ity and their mu­si­cal tu­ition.

At the end of the boys recital there was a won­der­ful poignant mo­ment when long serv­ing cho­ris­ter & lo­cal tenor, Owen Raf­ferty in­tro­duced three mem­bers of the for­mer St Peter’s Boys Choir from sixty years ago, which in­cluded him­self along with Tom Mur­phy and Jim Reynolds to sing “Ecce Pa­nis An­gelo­rum” who were joined by two of the pre­sent Drogheda Boys Choir, Alex Jor­dan and Liam Mur­ray. This in­deed was a most poignant and lovely in­ter­lude which was rap­tur­ously ap­plauded by the au­di­ence. And will be joined by sev­eral guest peer­form­ers for the oc­ca­sion.

The Drogheda Boys Choir will open their new sea­son in Septem­ber when they will sing at a con­cert in St Peter’s COI Peter Street

The evening con­cluded with a short recital by the ex­cel­lent Drogheda Male Voice Choir but there was no doubt­ing, the oc­ca­sion be­longed to the won­der­ful boys of the Drogheda Boys Choir.

Seamie Briscoe

The Boys Choir

Owen Raf­ferty in­tro­duced three mem­bers of the for­mer St Peter’s Boys Choir from sixty years ago, which in­cluded him­self along with Tom Mur­phy and Jim Reynolds to sing “Ecce Pa­nis An­gelo­rum” who were joined by two of the pre­sent Drogheda Boys Choir, Alex Jor­dan and Liam Mur­ray.

Sharon Gaynor re­ceivesa spe­cial award.

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