Mercy Chorus sing with High Kings in choir of thousands

The ‘biggest backing choir in the world’ of 6,000 school children came together to sing with the High Kings last week, and some of the beautiful voices were those of a group of girls from Cahir.

The ‘biggest backing choir in the world’ of 6,000 school children came together to sing with the High Kings last week, and some of the beautiful voices were those of a group of girls from Cahir.

The girls from Our Lady of Mercy NS, with choir mistress and teacher Fidelma Nugent, travelled to Dublin’s RDS to take part in the Hallelujah concerts, recently.

The girls were also thrilled to meet David Lewis who was the founder of the Hallelujah concerts 16 years ago.

The RDS concert is the biggest event the girls have been involved in since the choir was formed.

“It was amazing to sing at the RDS with professionals,” Fidelma said, adding that it was a n amazing opportunity for the girls.

The 6,000-strong choir on the day was conducted by Gearoid Grant, who has conducted youth orchestras and youth choirs all around Ireland for many years.

On the day the girls sang songs including a pop medley of ‘Just the way you are,’ ‘Firework,’ ‘Your song,’ and ‘Butterfly.’ They sang a Queen medley, some songs from the movie Toy Story, and also some Irish songs and some Christmas songs.

Learning the classic Queen songs introduced the girls to new music they might not have heard before, and this was part of the reason for forming the choir, to introduce the girls to a diverse range of music.

The day in Dublin also included singing with ethnic beatbox performer Randolph Matthew, that was describe as really exciting.

The Mercy Chorus was formed last January and is made up of girls from fourth, fifth and sixth classes. After Christmas the girls from third class will join and start to learn the songs.

Fidelma told The Nationalist that the choir was formed with a view to community singing, singing in both the school and at parish services and events.

The choir has a huge range and all the girls love being part of the group.

At the end of the last school year the girls performed at the end of year concert and sang a number of pop songs. The took part in a school choir event in Ss Peter and Paul’s in Clonmel, last term, and have given Christmas Carol concerts in the school in recent weeks.