Limerick singers to raise the roof for Christmas concert

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Jade Dillon, Sr Geraldine Lennon FCJ. and Noreen O' Sullivan all set for the concert on December 21
Due to the resounding success of last year’s Christmas - A Time of Reflection concert, the spiritual event will once again lift the rafters of Grange Church on December 21 with unique performances of such classics as O Holy Night.

Due to the resounding success of last year’s Christmas - A Time of Reflection concert, the spiritual event will once again lift the rafters of Grange Church on December 21 with unique performances of such classics as O Holy Night.

Cór na Nollag has reassembled for this special night and will be joined by the newly-formed children’s choir, Little Voices.

This is an evening of music and song with a collection of readings for all to reflect on the true spirit of Christmas. It is a parish venture with 12 readers alongside 70 singers from Bruff, Grange and Meanus, who will be accompanied by Noreen O’ Sullivan and conducted by Jade Dillon. Old favourites such as Silent Night, When a Child is Born, and Away in a Manger are all on the programme intertwined with contemporary collections including Brightest and Best and There is a Heart: Ave Maria. Soprano singer Jade will sing O Holy Night, Keely Bourke will sing The Nativity Carol and Jade and Noreen will duet on a beautiful rendition of The Prayer.

Jade Dillon and Noreen O’Sullivan attended Árd Scoil Mhuire FCJ, Bruff for six years, and during their time there they contributed hugely to fundraising events. Sr Geraldine Lennon, FCJ, organised a carol service each year in the convent chapel in aid of St Vincent de Paul. However, due to the closure of the school in 2012, Jade and Noreen felt that local charities were missing out on vital funds and awareness which led to them contacting Sr Geraldine and suggesting a meeting of the minds.

“We decided one night that we would put this together,”said Jade who lives in Grange and is a final-year student studying music and English in Mary Immaculate College

“We rang Sr Geraldine to see if she would come on board with the two of us. Obviously she had started it in school so it was only right that she would be involved. She was so happy that it would come back again. We decided Grange Church was perfect for it because it was intimate like the chapel in the school.”

Christmas - A Time of Reflection will take place in Grange Church on Sunday, December 21 at 7.30pm. Admission is free and there will be a collection with all proceeds going to St Vincent de Paul.