Organisers of the Emmanuel Concerts, which begin in Dublin today, have said they are delighted to be without one of their chosen soloists!
Eva Campbell from Skerries Community College was selected for a solo performance in the Helix next week, but everyone is delighted that she will miss out as she has made it through of the next round of the Voice UK. Eva made it through the “blind audition” rounds of the famous TV show and her friends in Emmanuel are hoping she will make it even further in the famous competition, under the guidance of her mentor, Olly Murs.
Back in the Helix from this evening her fellow students will join two and a half thousand other teenagers taking part in in an incredible concert series held over four nights. There will be 66 schools from all over the Archdiocese of Dublin represented.
The concert series is unique in the Irish Church – with students between the ages of 12 and 17 singing music, live in front of a large audience. Each evening performance is almost entirely student led with soloists chosen from participating schools to sing live, musicians performing from the student body and student presenters acting as MC’s each night.
As in previous years, boys and girls from the Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra will together sign and participate in each of the four concerts. Since first taking part in the Emmanuel concerts, the deaf choir has gone on to perform in Áras an Uachtaráin and the Late Late Toy Show.
Before getting on stage each day the students participate in faith-based workshops, reflections rehearse hymns and play music. The live concerts begin at 7.30pm each evening where parents, family members, teachers and the public get to enjoy the fruits of preparations.
The students take the music and prayers they learn during the Emmanuel workshops and concerts, use, and adapt them in their own prayer services and liturgies in their school communities throughout the year.
Tickets for the Emmanuel concerts are available from the Helix at https://thehelix.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173591699