Choral and classical concerts for Christmas

The Galway Gospel Choir.

The Galway Gospel Choir.

CHARITY CONCERTS from the Galway Gospel Choir and Cois Cladaigh are taking place this weekend, as is a concert from the ever wonderful Galway Youth Orchestra.

The Galway Gospel Choir holds its Christmas concert in the Claddagh Church this Sunday at 8.30pm and will seek to raise funds for The Carers Association. The programme features Gospel music and Christmas carols, and end with a sing-along. A suggested donation is €5. The Carers Association provides supports/services for family carers and emergency respite in homes throughout Galway city and county. See galwaygospelchoir.ie

The Cois Cladaigh choir will perform the world premiere of two choral pieces by Eamon Murray at its concert in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday at 8pm. This Christmas concert entitled Emmanuel, will raise funds for Pieta House West, which provides professional and therapeutic support on an individual basis to people who are in suicidal crisis or engaging in self-harm. The service is located in Tuam, is provided free of charge, and referral is not required to link in for support.

The concert programme will feature work by contemporary composers in various languages, two pieces from the Renaissance, and Irish pieces. Tickets are €15/10 ) from Pieta House (093 - 25586 ) or Brendan O’Connor (086 - 2417468 ).

The Galway Youth Orchestra will give a concert of Christmas music in Seapoint, Salthill, this Saturday, at 7.30pm.

The Orchestras are for those aged between eight and 18 and they will play classical, carols, and jazz. The conductors will be John Fleming, Peter Berrill, Joanne Cater, and Michael Dooley. The audience will have an opportunity to join in the singing of Christmas carols. Tickets are €10 on the door.

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