Singers Required for 'The Gift' Christmas Concert in aid of Jigsaw

October 24th 2013

Singers are required for 'The Gift' Christmas Choral concerts, which are taking place on 20th, 21st & 22nd December in the Jesuit Church on Sea Rd in Galway.

Rehearsals take place every Sunday in the Jesuit Church on Sea Rd in Galway City.

All you have to do is turn up!

If you would like more information on the choir or the concerts contact: Keara Sheeran 087 900 7003

Press Release

Galway girl Keara Sheeran is set to make ‘The Gift’ an annual Christmas event in Galway’s calendar. In the last 4 years, a series of concerts raised over €40,000 across several performances with over 500 singers. This year with a choir of hopefully over 200 local singers, Keara aims to raise upwards of €20,000 for Galway Charities.

“The beauty of the Gift is that everyone who gets involved either as a singer or as a member of the audience gets something from it. This series of concerts really lends itself to people getting out in the evenings and doing something that gives something back to those most in need. It is in itself the essence of Christmas.”

The Gift is an hour long interpretation of the Nativity sung in a lively gospel style and carries the essence of Christmas. Our focus is to bring together people of all ages from all walks of life to sing, have fun and raise money for Galway charities. So far The Gift raised €40,000 and the charities that benefitted were Abalta, Slí Éile and the Galway Hospice, Ability West, Galway Discovery feed the needy, GAP, Age Action, Sunni Mae Trust and the Holy Family school for special needs.

This year ‘The Gift’ will be performed on 20th, 21st and 22nd in the Jesuit Church. The concerts all taking place at 8:30pm and tickets are €10, this year supporting Western Alzheimers, JIGSAW & Galway Simon Community. The Gift is crammed full of joyful, poetic, soulful and meaningful songs and symbols to awaken in people a profound appreciation for their gifting. It appeals to all people across all ages and encourages performers and audiences to get involved in giving their time and talents to those who need it most. The Gift Launch night Party is on the November 23rd in the (TBC) at 9pm with live music, raffle, photo booth and plenty of fun and dancing.

“Every Year we have a launch party night for the choir members and their families and friends. It’s an “Open Invitation”which is extended to all in the Galway community”. It’s a free event with a donations table to help raise the funds needed to cover the cost of the concerts so the funds from the concerts can go straight to the charities. After 5 years this will be the last time the “GIFT” will be done for a while. Everyone who has part taken in it in the past is welcome to come back and new members are always welcome.

Keara is known throughout Galway for leading church music in the Jes, Renmore, St. Joseph’s, Bushy Park, Tuam Cathedral and the College Chapel NUI Galway as well as being a volunteer musician/singer with The Galway Hospice and the Holy Family School for children with special needs and Ability West. She is the musical director of IGNITE Gospel Choir who have just successfully performed their first concert. For more information contact: Keara Sheeran 087 900 7003