Choral Combinations! By Zoe Nelson

June 19, 2013 0

On Monday 17th June the community of Balbriggan were treated to a combined performance of the Robert Sharon Chorale hailing all the way from Florida, USA and the local Fingal Chamber Choir. The concert was held in the tranquil surroundings of St George’s Church and all proceeds were donated to Pieta House whose volunteers are dedicated to educating on the subject of suicide prevention.

The evening started with the visiting choir singing an enchanting cantata followed by a rousing rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’. They then proceeded to captivate the audience with traditional choral pieces, including two sung in Hebrew.

It was then the turn of the ever professional Fingal Chamber Choir, directed by David Maxwell, to take over and they started with an upbeat arrangement of ‘The Bear Necessities’ of The Jungle Book fame and then proceed into a more traditional repertoire including ‘Ag Criost an Siol’ by the Irish poet O’Riada.

During the interval teas, coffees and biscuits were provided by the very hard working and hospitable St George’s Church team and there was an opportunity to wander around the Church gardens to experience the heavenly scent of the elegant display of bearded Iris.

Back to the performance the Robert Sharon Chorale proceeded with a medley of fifties tunes which instantly had several of the audience in the isle bopping to ‘Blue Suede shoes’ and Cubby Checkers ‘The Twist’. In contrast the highlight of the evening was the hauntingly delicate performance by the Fingal Chamber Choir of ‘Sleep’ by Whitacre.

With such beautiful music and voices it was hard not to get lost in the evening sunlight streaming through the stain glasses window and contemplate how generous God is to provide us with such musical moments right in the middle of our wonderful town. The congregation and clergy of St Georges are to be thanked for inviting the community into their precious church, which coincidentally celebrates the bicentenary anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone this year. In addition the directors and members of both the Fingal Chamber Choir and the Robert Sharon Choir are to be commended for the presentation of a truly uplift night of choral music.