A con­cert of voices

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - PICTURES - By MARY FOGARTY

MORE than 100 singers raised their voices in song last week at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre for three con­certs by Voices of Bray Com­mu­nity Choir.

This was the sixth se­ries of con­certs pre­sented by the choir.

They per­formed on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day night, rais­ing funds for the Shauna Ka­vanagh Foundation.

Voices of Bray was es­tab­lished in 2013 by John Ivory, the choir’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor. John sensed that there were many peo­ple who would love to sing in a choir but who didn’t want to go through an au­di­tion and also may not be able to read mu­sic.

He was also aware of the ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits of singing. So, there is an in­cred­i­ble va­ri­ety of rea­sons as to why peo­ple join Voices of Bray but the bot­tom line is that 138 mem­bers meet weekly in the Tay­lor Cen­tre, cour­tesy of Sun­beam Ser­vices, where they re­hearse and en­joy the com­pany of one an­other.

The pro­gramme included songs by Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Ra­dio­head, Rodgers & Ham­mer­stein, ELO, and many more, and from shows such as ‘The Great­est Show­man’, ‘South Pa­cific’ and ‘My Fair Lady’.

Ben­e­fi­ciary of the con­certs, the Shauna Ka­vanagh Foundation, sup­ports peo­ple who face long-term health chal­lenges, in par­tic­u­lar cys­tic fi­bro­sis, which was an ill­ness en­dured by Shauna.

Choir mem­bers sing ‘I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair’ from ‘South P

120 mem­bers of the choir led by John Ivory for songs from ‘South Pa­cific’.

Guest artist Em­i­lie Sheehy plays the cello.

Choir mem­bers sing ‘There ain’t noth­ing like a dame’ from ‘South Pa­cific’.

Michael Lacey, Eimear and Siún de Lása.

Ro­nan White, Alan Knight and Imo­gen Hands.

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