Hart Male Voice Choir have recently returned from successful week’s concert tour in a selection of special Irish locations. First stop was the magnificent St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin where the choir’s resounding recital of both sacred and secular songs were enhanced by the wonderful acoustics of this historic 800 years old cathedral. A special moment for the choir and the cathedral visitors was a father and son duet of the popular hymn ‘Panis Angelicus’ by Tenor John Wise and son Dan.
Just 90 minutes drive from Dublin in Tullamore town, County Offaly the Tullamore Court Hotel in is a large and impressive four star Spa and Conference Hotel in the heart of the Irish countryside. It was here that Hart MVC were invited to join the Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band for a joint concert in aid of the Irish Kidney Association charity. The mix programme of male voices and accordion music blended beautifully when choir and band combined to perform an emotional rendition of the classic Irish folk song “The Fields of Athenry”.
There was a spontaneous standing ovation from the audience of more than 400 and it seemed there was not a dry eye in the house, for this very Irish evening, which included impromptu dancing in the aisles ! The success of this charity event was confirmed by the 6000 Euros raised for the Offaly branch of the Irish Kidney Association.
The final concert of the Hart MVC tour was, by contrast, performed at a cathedral in miniature at Kylemore Abbey located over on the west coast of Ireland in Connemara, County Galway. The enchanting Kylemore neo-Gothic Church is run by Benedictine Nuns and is used to host musical recitals, poetry readings and cross-community celebrations. This was another emotional occasion for the audience and the Kylemore Abbey staff.
For Hart MVC chairman Eamonn O’Rourke this Irish concert tour included a wonderfully nostalgic return to his childhood home in County Offaly.