The Galway Choral Association will perform Dvorak’s Mass in D at the end of this month to raise funds for Pieta House West.
The first concert will take place in St Nicholas Collegiate Church on Saturday March 31 and in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam, on Sunday April 1.
The two concerts are fundraising concerts in support of Pieta House West, the campaign spearheaded by Tuam businessman John Concannon to establish a service in the west of Ireland to help people with suicidal thoughts and those who self harm.
Galway Choral Association will be joined by soloists Sarah Skerritt, Joyce Byrne, Eoin Hynes and Patrick MacLynn for the two performances which also include arias and songs by Gounod, Bizet and other later Romantic composers.
The 50 strong community choir will be conducted by musical director Norman Duffy and accompanied by Ronan de Burca (piano ) and Raymond O’Donnell (organ ).
Pieta House, The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide officially opened its doors in January 2006. Five years later, staff have seen and helped nearly 4,000 people, and opened up two Outreach Centres, and two other centres of excellence in both Dublin and Limerick.
Tickets for the concerts are available from Opus 2, High Street, Galway, (091 - 500300 ) and Quinn’s Newsagent, Bishop Street, Tuam (093- 26060 ).