Cork City Garda Community Policing Unit is delighted to present SONGS OF HOPE AND JOY, which will be held at Cork City Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 7th April 2017. All proceeds from this charity concert will go to Pieta House. The headline act for the concert is soprano, Cara O Sullivan, who will be supported by the band of An Garda Siochana, The Wilcollane Singers and the Cork Garda Male Voice Choir. The MC for the evening will be Mr Ted O Regan.
Cara O Sullivan is one of Ireland’s best loved voices, with an impeccable pedigree who has risen to prominence as the country’s leading soprano. She is an instinctive performer with a remarkable full voice, exciting and dramatic, yet always performs with great sensitivity. She has shown herself to be a fearless vocalist, whether singing Mozart, Verdi, Puccini or Donizetti. Cara is at the height of her powers as a vocal artist and her powerful connection with her audiences ensures that her concert performances are truly a treat not to be missed.
Cara’s operatic performances have taken her all over the world, but she now returns to Cork to perform in front of her home supporters. Cara has been acting as a Cultural Ambassador to Cork City since 2016.
The Garda Siochana Band under the baton of Inspector Pat Kenny will provide musical accompaniment. The band undertakes a heavy community orientated programme each year performing at schools, festivals and sporting events. It has a long association with Lansdowne Road for both rugby and soccer games, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin and the Rose of Tralee. The band travels to many international events and has represented the country at police festivals and concerts in Switzerland, Germany and Northern Ireland.
Cara will be supported by the Wilcollane singers under the directorship of Ann Dunphy and the Cork Garda Male Voice Choir under the directorship of Marjorie Moran.
The beneficiary of this concert will be Pieta House, the suicide and self harm prevention organisation. Since opening its door in Lucan over ten years ago Pieta House has grown in terms of size and service. It has opened eight additional centres nationwide, and now has a staff of nearly 180 therapists and administration staff. Demand for services has grown year on year, to the extent that Pieta House now see over 5,000 people per annum.
Its flagship fundraiser, Darkness into Light, now attracts more than 250,000 participants each year. It is now held in over 100 venues, with Blarney in County Cork participating for the first time this year. It is to be held on May 6 2017 nationwide, details of which can be found on Pieta.ie.
Tickets are available at Pro Musica on Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork and from Community Policing Offices in Cork City Division.