Triumphant return of the Voices of the Boyne choir
It’s hard to be an unbiased reporter when reviewing the concert of the choir you’re singing in, but even if I wasn’t a member, I would consider the Voices of the Boyne ‘Just Sing’ event on Sunday as a triumph!
fter two frustrating years of singing without an audience, the all-female community choir has unleashed a wonderfully eclectic set of songs, from old favorites Stodola Pumpa, Sisi Ni Moja and Never One Thing to new toe tappers like the Trolley Song and Better Days. which really pleased the capacity crowd.
The Augustinian Church was packed, as MC Michael Comyn presented two hours of song and music with a splendid variety, which showcased the best of Drogheda, with proceeds going to the Connect Family Resource Center in Moneymore.
The choir, under the musical direction of Claire Grogan, did not resume in-person rehearsals until March, but their tight harmonies and well-timed melodies — not to mention synchronized body percussion — belied that fact.
Guest spots from two of Drogheda’s world-class sopranos, Hannah O’Brien and Amie Dyer, provided operatic interludes accompanied by Edward Holly on piano, as well as a magnificent set from a collective of traditional musicians led by violinist Tadhg Murphy and conducted by Michael Holohan. , who composed some of the haunting tunes.
Other choral delights were offered by the Louth Hospital Choir, who joined Voices of the Boyne for a few numbers, including Humpty Dumpty’s humorous closing performance, which brought the crowd to its feet.
Grainne Black, member of the choir, spoke about the challenges of keeping the choir connected during COVID, and how wonderful it was to be back where they (we) belong; bring pure joy by simply singing.
The concert truly embraced community, which is the very philosophy of the choir – accepting, including, promoting a spirit of happiness, kindness and togetherness.
The choir is now shutting down for the summer, but will return in September where thoughts will turn to their next Christmas gathering.