The Emmanuel student concert series will begin tonight, Monday 6 March, in the Archdiocese of Dublin, finishing on Thursday 9 March. Over the four nights, almost two and a half thousand teenagers from sixty different schools throughout Dublin will take to the stage in DCU’s Helix concert hall to sing and play Church music.
The Emmanuel concert series is unique in the Irish Church. The live concerts are almost entirely student led, with soloists, musicians, presenters and MCs chosen from participating schools.
This year, for the first time, boys and girls from the Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra will together sign and participate in each of the four concerts.
Emmanuel is a project of the Dublin Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre and promotes the use of Sacred Music in Secondary schools. Before getting on stage each day the students participate in faith-based workshops, reflections rehearse hymns and play music. Each morning of workshops is followed by full rehearsals and then a live concert every evening where parents, family members, teachers and the public get to enjoy the fruits of the musical and spiritual 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 2017 can be purchased on www.thehelix.ie or by calling (01) 700 7000.
For more information on the Emmanuel 2017 series see www.dublindiocese.ie.