We love our ‘Voices of Hope’ choir, the fun and friendship every week is so important to us. We also love hearing from people who have heard us sing… especially when they have enjoyed the experience!
We were thrilled when we saw a review in local magazine ‘Panorama’ of our Christmas concert. We have included the article below. Thank you so much to Máirtín for his kind words.
Our next concert will take place in May – keep an eye out here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information in the next few weeks.
Article Excerpt: ‘Panorama’Magazine by Máirtín de Búrca
I nearly didn’t go! It was too near Christmas and I had convinced myself that I had far too much to do. I only went because a friend had put two tickets into my hand and I didn’t want to disappoint him. Wow! I’m so glad I went. The event was the MOVE4PARKINSON’S concert, held in Balally Church on Sunday 16th December last, and it was by far the most enjoyable heart- warming Christmas event I attended in 2012.
The concert featured the VOICES OF HOPE CHOIR, the A GLÓR GOSPEL CHOIR and a number of solo artists. Members of the Voices of Hope Choir, which was founded in September last and practices in Balally Parish Pastoral Centre every Thursday, is comprised of people of all ages, the oldest of whom admits to being 81. They all have one thing in common – they have Parkinson’s. The other is an all-female multinational Gospel Choir, possibly with some singers hailing from South or Central America, judging by Latin American rhythms and influences apparent in some of their music. The two choir approach to the concert worked very well, sometimes one sang; sometimes the other; at times they sang together.
The link or common bond was the effervescent choir director Jennifer Grundulis. The audience, which joined in the singing, was literally bopping in the aisles, infected by the choirs’ obvious enjoyment of the occasion and the sheer exuberance of their performances. Fans of the 1990s TV show “Night Hawks” who attended the concert were ecstatic when Shay Healy, host of Night Hawks, sang one of his own compositions. One of his many claims to fame is that he composed the 1980 Eurovision winning song “What’s Another Year”, which Johnny Logan sung on the night. Shay was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004.
A special moment for many was a surprise duet, with the blending of the voices of the choir director and Balally’s Paul Carey in a beautiful rendition of that fine traditional Christmas number “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, in which the line “kids from one to ninety-two” was an accurate description of the experience because regardless of our age we all forgot to be dignified and let our hair down for the duration. After the show, artists and boppers mingled over a refreshing ‘cuppa’ in the Pastoral Centre. Certainly, it was a show to remember.
MOVE4PARKINSON’S was founded in 2011 by Margaret Mullarney, affectionately referred to by all as Mags, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. Voices of Hope Choir is but one of its any initiatives which include yoga classes for people with Parkinson’s. It also provides yoga for carers and family members”
If you would like more information on the programmes being run by Move4Parkinson’s you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (01) 2884939