MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA Cathal Gavin, who will be joined by three choirs, mezzo soprano Anne Marie Gibbons, tenor Hugh Francis, and other special guests.
A Swinford teenager who recently lost his aunt to cancer is putting on a charity concert in early December to raise much needed funds for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
Cathal Gavin (17) who became known for his ‘Voice of an Angel’ CD a few years ago, has arranged for some highly renowned singers and choirs to join him for a concert at Our Lady Help of Christians, Swinford Parish Church, this Friday, December 6, in memory of his aunt, Adelle Gavin, who was just 38 when she died.
At the time of her passing last January, the young Swinford tenor was overseas performing at World Youth Day in Panama, Central America, and he missed Adelle’s funeral. He now plans to host this very special evening in Swinford Parish Church to remember Adelle while at the same time raising money for a charity that greatly helped her.
Joining Cathal at the special event will be Anne Marie Gibbons (mezzo soprano), Hugh Francis (tenor), St Muredach’s Cathedral Choir and St Muredach’s Cathedral Schola Cantorum, Scoil Muire agus Padraig Swinford Secondary School Choir, among other guests.
Cathal is a Leaving Certificate student in Scoil Muire agus Padraig in Swinford. His 2015 ‘Voice of an angel’ CD, released when he was a 13-year-old boy soprano, raised over €23,000 in four months of sales, and the proceeds went to the Foxford Alzheimer’s charity. It included beautiful renditions of ‘Walking in the Air’ and ‘O Holy Night’.
The highlight of his young career to date was being chosen to sing at World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019. Pope Francis attended the event, which is similar to the World Meeting of Families and is held in a different country every three years. In excess of 2 million young people attended the event in Central America earlier this year.
A great night of entertainment is assured on December 6.
The concert starts at 8pm; doors open from 7pm. Tickets (€15) are available from all Mayo Roscommon Hospice shops in Mayo; the Swinford 250 shop; Castle Book Shop, Castlebar; Joe Gavin Opticians, Ballina; and Ballina Parish Centre. Tickets will also be available on the night.