'Let the City Sing' a roaring success

Posted on: 18th December 2013

240 participants from as young as 3 years of age to over 70 years of age took part in the festive evening of live orchestral music and song in aid of Foyle Hospice on Sunday December 15.

The city's leading amateur choirs who took part in the special evening included Doire Calgach singers, Rosemount male voice choir, Gateway singers, Cantamus, McCafferty School of Music juniors and seniors and Colmcille Ladies Choir.

The annual event, presented by Colmcille Ladies Choir and The Playhouse, has become an important part of the city's Christmas Calendar, and this year, to mark UK City of Culture, the extended evening took place in St Columb's Hall.

Founded in 1970, Colmcille Ladies Choir has competed in most of Ireland's preier choral competitions, including the Oireachtas , as well as finding success in the international folk song section of the Eisteddfodd in Wales. During the lifetime of the choir that have performed for three presidents of Ireland: Presidents Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh and Mary MCAleese in Áras an Uachtaráin, and President Mary Robinson in the Guildhall in Derry. They have competed in and won their section in Feeis Dhoire Cholmcille every year since their inception.

The choir have presented their special evening of Christmas music in The Playhouse every year for Foyle Hospice, marking the passing of Sister Aloysius McVeigh of the Sisters of Mercy, the much loved iconographer and artist in residence at The Playhouse, in 2008.

Special thanks also to Unit 7 sound and lighting, Henderson's Music and the Garvan O'Doherty Group for their generous help with this event.


Four Generations who sang at the ‘Let the City Sing Concert' in St Columbs Hall on Sunday December 15. Mrs Rosaleen O'Hagan, her daughter Marie, granddaughter Mary, and great granddaughter Emily.




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