Tullamore Gospel Choir To Reunite For Once Off Concert
Thursday, 9 March 2017
IT has been three years since Brendan Keeley stepped down as Director of the hugely popular Tullamore Gospel Choir. It was soon after that the choir disbanded.
The Gospel Choir was established in 2002 under the late Fr Willie Cleary. From the beginning it proved popular attracting a large number of members. It had massive appeal and at its height boasted 120 members.
Faith, Fun and Friendship was the choir's motto as through the years the choir sang at numerous events raising thousands of euro for charities in the process.
One of the highlights was when the Gospel Choir opened the televised GAA All Stars Awards in 2009. In addition the choir won the Sligo International Choral Festival for two years in a row and in addition produced two albums.
Singing at the switching on of the Christmas lights and at Mass on Christmas Eve was a regular for the choir.
At the time of his resignation, Brendan cited work commitments. However there were other factors which may have had a bearing on his decision notably the publication of the parish financial statement which included a sum of €10,000 for the choir.
This figure was usually included under staff salaries and at the time Brendan said the publication 'wasn't helpful'.
Now, Brendan is planning on a reunion concert for charity and is extending an open invitation to all former members to return for what will be a once off event.
Brendan explained: 'it [the choir] ended badly and I want to correct this by staging a concert to celebrate everything that the choir achieved in its 12-year
'Anyone who was ever a member at anytime is invited to come along,' stressed Brendan. 'I don't have everyone's details but even if they left for whatever reason they are welcome to come along. Paul Skelton on keyboard and Tony Dowling on percussion are back.' he said.
Rehearsals began last Tuesday at the Charleville Centre, Tullamore with over 80 attending. There will be six rehearsals in total before the concert takes place on the 23d of April in the Court Hotel.
Those interested are asked to go along to the Charleville Centre on Tuesday nights at 8pm.
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