Ceol le Chéile gave a stunning performance with Special Guest Moya Brennan at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny on Sunday night, 28th July.
The sold out show by Donegal’s intergenerational choir, which was hosted as part of Earagail Arts Festival, was officially opened by Leas Chathaoirleach Cllr Niamh Kennedy and showcased the choir’s journey over the last year.
Cllr Kennedy said: “I was delighted to be invited here tonight, but even more delighted to be introducing Donegal County Council’s very own Choir of Ages – Ceol le Chéile.
“The choir was named Ceol le Chéile, which means coming together to sing. The members of the choir travelled from Ballyshannon, Dunfanaghy, Donegal town, Glenties, Burtonport, Fanad, Kerrykeel, Moville and Redcastle to Letterkenny weekly for rehearsals.
“Knowing the size of the county, this alone shows the great commitment from these people attending weekly choir rehearsals.
“From the beginning they were taken out of their comfort zone and for adults in their sixties, up to their late eighties and shy children this is not an easy thing to do. But everyone one of them has stood up to these challenges and embraced every opportunity created for them.
“The demand continues for them after every performance and after tonught’s show I can bet that the phones will be very busy at the call centre tomorrow.
“This intergenerational choir has been a huge success from the beginning and it’s down to the professional conducting of Choral Director Veronica McCarron, with the help of Triona Sweeney at rehearsals.
“I’d like to congratulate every individual member of the choir for coming this far and hope that they enjoy the performance, as I know we will.”
The choir performed a whole new repertoire, including songs from various musicals, traditional songs and‘With or Without You by U2. The night concluded with a standing ovation following a stunning rendition of a Andrea Bocelli’s Time to Say Goodbye.
Special Guest Moya Brennan joined the choir on stage for four songs – Na Buachailli Alainn, the worldwide Clannad Hit Harry’s Game, Crann Ull and Teidher Abhaille Riu.
Ceol le Chéile is made up of people of all ages, male and female from all walks of life in Donegal. This choir of ages was a project established by Donegal County Council 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.
This initiative is funded by Healthy Ireland, Donegal County Council, Local Links Bus, Creative Ireland, with support from LYIT.