Friends, supporters, volunteers, staff a gathered in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork on Wednesday 27th November for the 3rd Annual Christmas Concert for St Luke’s Home and what a great Concert it turned out to be.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Elmarie Mawe , welcomed everyone and set the tone for what was to be a glorious evening of jazz, opera, Christmas favourites and of course, the grand finale, O Holy Night. The ever popular and fantastic Band of the 1st Brigade kicked everything off and nearly had the audience dancing in the pews from the get go! Their versions of The Thin Red Line and Rhapsody in Blue were simply stunning.
Majella Cullagh took centre stage then with Rossini’s Una voce poco fa and Song to the Moon from Dvorak’s Rusalka. The choir from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School were fantastic with their version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and then were joined by Majella for Gesu Bambino before the Band 1st Brigade stormed everyone to the interval with a salute to American jazz!
The second half was all about the wonderful Montfort’s Youth Choir with a super version of Have yourself a merry little Christmas and Majella’s Chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Let it snow, let it snow.
After a Christmas sing-a-long involving everyone in the Cathedral, Majella finished with a standing ovation after her stand out performance of Oh Holy Night.
All in all it was a great evening of u lifting and seasonal music which certainly marked, for all those in the Cathedral, the start of the festive celebrations!
Organisers of the concert, a fundraiser for Saint Luke’s Home, were delighted with the turnout and would like to thank everyone involved for their support for the Charity. All funds raised will be put towards the Therapy and Activity Programme for the residents living at St Luke’s. This programme includes essentials such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy to name just a very few, and is currently not funded through the Fair Deal Funding Scheme, nor are families charged for it.