A concert featuring the angelic voices of an Irish church choir is being organised to support East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Members of the Dunmore Church Choir, from Galway, will be showcasing their talent at Cambridge’s Corpus Christi College Chapel.
They will be performing a diverse selection of music and transporting the audience through the ages, transcending borders with masterpieces by composers like Vivaldi, Fauré and Handel, as well as the bewitching beauty of traditional Irish airs.
It is hoped the event will raise in the region of £1,000 for EACH, which has a base at nearby Milton. Dr Dervila Glynn, who has lived in Cambridge more than 20 years, is organising the concert alongside conference and events bureau Meet Cambridge.
The choir hails from her native home town in Ireland and sister-in-law Ciara is one of the members. The choir’s main objective is to sing church music for liturgical celebrations throughout the year and, as part of their Cambridge tour, they will also be singing at the vigil mass at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs on Saturday, 28th October (6pm).
“Every two years the choir do a tour and this month I’m delighted they’ve decided to come to Cambridge,” said Dervila, who is Cambridge Neuroscience Strategic Manager at the University of Cambridge.
“It’s a real highlight of the weekend that we’re able to host a special show for EACH. The choir was formed in 1967 and consists of 50 members, the majority of whom are travelling to Cambridge.
“They’ve performed in choral festivals all over Ireland, as well as Brittany, Rome, Florence, Vienna, London, Prague, Krakow, Toronto and New York.
“In 2008, they released a magnificent CD, Christmas in Dunmore, and the choir is the backbone of the local musical society, producing many productions, including Calamity Jane, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Oliver, Westside Story, My Fair Lady and Annie Get your Gun and Showtime.”
Doors open at 6pm on Friday, 27th October, with the concert getting underway at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £20, plus a booking fee, and are available by heading here.
Corpus Christi College Chapel, in Trumpington Street, can accommodate around 100 people.
“We’re delighted to be able to host the concert in the beautiful chapel at Corpus Christi College and are very grateful to its Chaplain, the Revd Dr Matt Bullimore, and Director of Music, Nicholas Danks, for having us,” added Dervila.
“Attendees will have the opportunity to make additional donations to EACH and we’re delighted that 100% of ticket sales will go towards supporting this worthy cause.”