MONASTEREVIN Gospel Choir celebrated its 10th anniversary a little belatedly with a night of music, food and craic at Brennans in Monasterevin on Friday 31 May. While the group actually turned 10 last September they just got around to having a night to mark the occasion, one that featured members past and present.
PRO Dick Somers explained that it was a great night of celebration in Brennans, with around 100 people attending – more than they thought would come along. Attendees enjoyed a bite to eat and, unsurprising given their particular talents, there was plenty of music and dancing too.
“We had a great night there,” he remarked, adding that their musical director John brought his keyboard on the night. “There was a great turnout… they were all delighted with it.”
The choir was founded back in 2008 by parish priest Fr Liam Merrigan, mainly to sing at mass, and its members perform songs including gospel, traditional and popular music at concerts, church services and weddings – they’re booked for an upcoming wedding in July.
One of the things Dick, who has been a member of the choir since the very beginning, enjoys most is the choir’s two-hour rehearsal every Thursday at the parish centre. He explained that it often features gospel songs that aren’t as well known, or songs like I’m Getting Married in the Morning for weddings.
With a decade under its belt the group has plenty of highlights to look back on, including a memorable performance at the International Eucharistic Congress in Croke Park in 2012, as well as travelling abroad every second year to perform at various events and concerts with the likes of Francis Black, Phil Coulter and Michael English in Monasterevin.
The latter will return to the town as part of a concert at St Peter and Paul’s Church on Friday 11 October – tickets are €25 and the event is in aid of Monasterevin Daycare.
“We’d sing maybe three or four songs, we’d open the concert and close it and sing with him during the concert a bit,” Dick said.
No doubt the choir will still be going strong in another ten years’ time.