St Macartin’s Cathedral in Enniskillen is hosting a very special concert this Christmas in aid of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
The event, organised at the request of the First Minister Arlene Foster, takes place this Sunday 11th December at 4pm and feature festive favorites as well as excerpts from Handels’ Messiah.
Jonathan Ireland will be the Director of Concentio – a multi award-winning chamber choir that he founded 12 years ago whilst studying Music at Queen’s University. Most of the original members (all Music graduates) are still in the choir, which has grown in numbers over the years, now having 25 young singers, all aged between 18 and 30 years.
Concentio has gone on to become one of Ireland’s most sought-after ensembles, giving regular concert performances across the UK and Ireland. Concentio’s sell-out debut album Sleep features on Classic FM’s ‘Relaxing Classics’ programme and the choir continues to broadcast regularly on BBC.
Jonathan grew up in the choir at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast and following graduation, was appointed as Director of Music at Stormont Church in Belfast, where he has been for the past ten years or so. He also directs the choir of the Bar of Northern Ireland and Law Society of Northern Ireland, and sings with a number of groups – including Priory Singers and Voices of Ireland locally, and a number of other groups in Cambridge and France.
This is a Christmas Concert not to be missed in support of a very worthy cause as all proceeds will be used to support the work of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Horizon West at Killadeas.
Speaking ahead of the concert, Mrs Foster said: “I am delighted that the amazing Concentio Chamber Choir are coming to Fermanagh for this event. I have no doubt that people from across the County will come to enjoy a spectacular night whilst also supporting the work of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Horizon West.
The Hospice play a vital role supporting the lives of young people and their families. I look forward to joining with you all for a night of musical entertainment for the benefit of a vital local cause.”
Tickets cost £10 per person (including light refreshments) and can be purchased from NI Hospice Shop, 14 Cross Street, Enniskillen or Arlene Foster’s Constituency Office on East Bridge Street in Enniskillen.
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