The Galway Gospel Choir launches its festive season of concerts with a performance as part of the annual St. Vincent de Paul Fundraiser in the Radisson Hotel Galway, starting at 8pm. Tickets are €10 and all proceeds go towards supporting the vital work of the SVP in Galway city and county.
On Friday 7th December 2012, The Galway Gospel Choir and guest artists, Tin Pan Alley are in concert at the St Augustine’s Church, Augustine Street, Galway at 8pm. Tickets are €5/€7 and proceeds go to Galway Simon Community.
Though the choir reputedly never intended to cover Christmas carols in its repertoire, this year’s festive programme breaks the mould by performing authentic gospel arrangements by Mark Hayes and Greg Gilpin of well loved numbers including Gloria In Excelsis Deo and O Holy Night alongside gems like Randy Stonehill’s Shut de Do and Nina Simone’s Sinnerman
Guests on the night, Tin Pan Alley are an ensemble of singers drawn from some of Galway’s finest choirs and performing a-capella music. Hot off their performance at the 2012 Galway Jazz Festival, under musical director, Christine Canavan, Tin Pan Alley explore choral arrangements of popular 20th century music including Jazz standards ranging from Gershwin, Porter and Duke Ellington to The Beatles, Billy Joel and Don McClean.
The festive season concludes on Friday 14th December 2012 when The Galway Gospel Choir and guest artist, Maeve Cairney perform at the Church of the Annunication, Clarinbridge at 8pm. Tickets are €5/€7 and proceeds go to the Galway Rape Crisis Centre.
Dublin-born Maeve Cairney lives in Kinvara and has sung as a soloist with choirs and folk groups for the past thirty years. A graduate of the Bel Canto School of Singing in Dublin, Maeve is now the cantor of St. Colman’s Church and one of a team of cantors at Galway Cathedral. She is a seasonal singer for Shannon Heritage at Dunguaire Castle and a member of the Quay Singers in Kinvara. Her repertoire includes classical, sacred, contemporary, jazz and traditional works. Maeve’s debut CD, Let It Happen was released in May 2010 and will be on sale at the Clarinbridge concert for €10.