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‘Sing a Song of Docklands’ to Be Performed at Bord Gais Theatre

Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that tickets have gone on sale for ‘Sing a Song of Docklands’ at the Bord Gais Theatre on May 21st. 

In 2022, Dublin City Council and partners Sing Ireland, supported by Creative Ireland, commissioned four new songs to be developed with the local communities of the Docklands.

‘Sing a Song of Docklands’ will see the songs performed together in a night of song and celebration. 

The awards were:

  1. Ringsend/Irishtown – The Point of the Tide – Max Greenwood
  2. Grand Canal/Pearse Street – The Boat People of Grand Canal Dock – Alain Servant
  3. North Wall Sheriff Street – The River Carries Us Home – Carmel Whelan
  4. East Wall – The Dockside Man – Macdara Yeates

‘Sing a Song of Docklands’ is from the vision of David Brophy, in consultation with the communities of the Docklands, using song to celebrate and connect the communities of old and new Irish that make the Docklands a dynamic and vibrant maritime gateway to the city.

‘Sing a Song of Docklands’ at the Bord Gáis will see these four new commissioned songs performed together supported by Sing Ireland affiliate choirs Kings Hospital School Choir, Cór na nÓg, Guinness Choir and Maryfield College Choir in a night of songs and celebration, curated by David Brophy with MD David Hayes directing the night and with guest supporting acts Jerry Fish, DJ Robbie Kitt, Ciaran Kelly. 

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is excited to be inviting their local communities to perform in their local venue and celebrate the dynamism that is Docklands.

David Brophy, Internationally Acclaimed Conductor, said, “this night is a choral conversation between the communities of the Docklands and the wider city responding through spoken word and song. Tonight the wider city gathers to listen and respond to the voices that experience the Docklands.”

Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer, said, “the showcasing of Dublin’s remarkable choirs and the premiere of new community groups compositions coming together to celebrate Dublin’s unique harbour heritage and its welcome to the world is the purpose of Sing a Song of Docklands.”

Dermot O Callaghan, CEO Sing Ireland, said, “Sing Ireland is delighted to work on Sing a Song of Docklands. This event and project celebrate the rich song tradition of Dublin and the Docks. Singing together has an incredible power to unite and create belonging and this work has shown that in its reach to many Dublin people and singing groups. When we raise our voices together we can reflect, we can bring joy and we are reminded of our shared humanity and desire to connect.”

Source: Dublin City Council

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