‘Live from Galway’ virtual concert to aid local charity

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Claddagh School of Music is inviting people at home and abroad to join the school’s first ever ‘Live from Galway’ virtual Concert in aid of Galway Simon Community.

The evening of festive cheer and seasonal music favourites will be live-streamed on social media and is free for all to watch on 23 December at 7.30 pm.

A raffle will take place on the night with 100% of proceeds going directly to Galway Simon who provide Homelessness Prevention & Housing Services in the West.

Led by Music Director, Stephen Carroll, the much-anticipated virtual concert will feature 20 choirs with singers from 18 featured countries coming together from a distance for a festive celebration.

“I am delighted to have established this initiative alongside Galway Simon Community,” said Stephen.

“It has really developed into something that we at Claddagh School of Music will remember for years to come and something that we hope will benefit individuals and families supported by Galway Simon.”

“At a time when our community is dealing with the impact of Covid-19, it’s important to remember that this has been an especially difficult time for so many vulnerable people who are homeless or facing the prospect of homelessness.

“The Simon Community is such a prominent organisation at Christmas for choirs all over Ireland and it’s great to be able to keep up the Christmas tradition in this adapted way while also supporting a worthy cause.”

The dynamic concert will feature Galway-based choral talents from Cois Cladaigh and Galway Baroque Singers, to the NUIG Choral Society.

Galway Simon’s own choir, the Galway Simon Music Project will also feature on the night, as well as international choirs such as Canton High School Chamber Singers from Connecticut, USA.

It is free for all to watch and promises to be the perfect way to share a special festive experience with friends and family, even if we may not be able to gather in person this year.

A raffle will be held on the night with some fantastic prizes up for grabs and all proceeds in aid of Galway Simon. Raffle tickets are available to buy now for €5 each or 3 for €10 at https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/livefromgalway.

The concert will be live streamed on both the Claddagh School of Music and Galway Simon Community Facebook pages.