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Ceol Le Cheile – Donegal Choir of Ages Sat 29th Sept @ 7pm
29th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SATURDAY September 29 Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon 7.00pm €10/€5 Concessions
Veronica McCarron lives in Cashelard, near Ballyshannon. She studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow and at the University of Perth, Western Australia. She has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music education, having taught in Scotland, Australia, the United States and most recently at the Presentation Secondary School in Kilkenny. In 2016, Veronica famously led the Presentation Secondary School Choir to the semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent, she and her young singers winning hearts and minds the world over in the process.
Ceol le Chéile – the Donegal Choir of Ages, is an intergenerational choir made up of older people, children and young people, male and female, from all walks of life in Donegal. An initiative of Donegal County Council’s Social Inclusion Unit, the project was conceived earlier this year as part of the Donegal Age Friendly Programme, with the aim of promoting social inclusion and developing stronger relationships between older people, children and young people.
After months of dedicated work, which included voice training, breathing techniques, elocution, choreography and confidence building, led by charismatic Choral Director, Veronica McCarron, the emergent 80 member Choir of Ages made its first public performance to a full-house of family, friends and invited guests, at An Grianán Theatre in July. The programme for the evening included material by Ed Sheerin, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen as well as traditional songs – The Homes of Donegal, songs from the shows – Oh Happy Day, and a wonderful rendition of the eight verses of The Beatitudes, after the Monks of Glenstall Abbey. It was a joyous, uplifting and life affirming event and this eagerly anticipated, inaugural performance South of the Gap, promises to be just as good!