2012 has been a great year for the Maynooth Gospel Choir.
Formed in 2007, this year its members were voted Wedding Musicians of the Year. They peformed at the Dublin World Street Performance and sung in front of 15,000 spectators at the opening ceremony of the Eucharistic Congress in June.
The good news is the Choir are bringing their show, “The Story of Gospel,” to Newbridge next month.
They will perform at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge on the 7 September.
Choir spokesperson, Ciara Gallagher, said it was formed in 2007 with the aim of bringing soul to the people of Ireland. The Choir have since toured around Ireland with Jack L, appeared on RTÉ’s Don’t Tell the Bride, The Saturday Night Show with Brendan O’Connor and featured on Radio 1, 2fm and Today FM. They have also performed for countless charities, companies and festivals including, Special Olympics Ireland, Console, Culture Night and The Dublin City Soul Festival. Said Ciara: “This year we were voted the Wedding Musicians of the Year in a competition on realweddings.ie and we had the honour of performing at the opening ceremony of the Eucharistic Congress 2012 in front of 15000 spectators at the RDS on 10 June. We also recently performed at the Dublin World Street Performance Championships in July in Merrion Square in Dublin.”
She said the choir has some of the finest singers in the country.But what exactly is “gospel”?
Ciara explained: “From humble beginnings to chart topping success, the influence of Gospel Music prevails our daily lives. Its influences are everywhere from Johnny Cash to Nina Simone, from Elvis to U2 and everything in between.”Those who attend the 7 September show, she promises, will be “transported through the history of gospel music.”
“The story of gospel will enlighten you about the beginnings of this uplifting musical style and rouse your passion with haunting renditions of gospel favourites to modern classics inspired by the gospel sound and feeling,” she said. Concluding, Ciara said that have been “leaving audiences on their feet wherever they go and guarantee a night of soulful and uplifting gospel music and story.”
The Choir members are Anne Marie O’Malley, Michael Fay (Musical Director who is leaving in September), Brian Kennedy, Christopher Hannan, Ciara Gallagher, Colin Holman, Damien Kearney, Emer Phelan, Eoghan Doyle, James Garvey, Jonny Hanlon (Jonny will be taking over as Musical Director when Michael leaves), Laura Flood, Laura greene, Marion Stack, Martha Allende, Orlagh Wynne, Patricia Bourke, Paul Doran, Paula Size, Ruth Ryan Higgins, Sarah Hegarty and Yvonne Murphy.
The Choir actually looking for more male members at the moment and anyone interested can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Henry Bauress