You are cordially invited to attend a special Christmas-themed event in The Mansion House on December 13th at 2.30pm compered by RTE’s Tommie Gorman. This is where the very first Feis Ceoil school choir competitions took place in 1897.
Celebrating and promoting the benefits of choir for Ireland’s schools, ‘It’s the Taking Part That Counts’ is a nationwide initiative to get Ireland’s schools singing.
A from scratch’ DEIS school choir (St Vincent’s GNS, Dublin) trained by Wesley College choral conductor Helen Doyle especially for this event will make their debut, singing as Gaeilge. This is the start of a year-long journey for the choir with Helen.
Feis Ceoil prize-winning school choirs and members of Ardú & Anúna professional vocal ensembles will perform. Soloist Owen Gilhooly, one of Ireland’s leading tenors, with all choirs combined under direction of Dónal Doherty, will close ‘It’s the Taking Part that Counts’ with the Christmas classic ‘O Holy Night’
Marita Kerin of Trinity College and Hilary Moss from the University of Limerick will give their perspectives on the research around the educational and mental health benefits of choral activity.
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