The Society of Missionary Children was once again delighted to have the support of the Celtic Tenors for our annual Christmas Concert, which was held on 21st December in St Brigid’s Parish Church, Kildare Town.
The Celtic Tenors are the only tenor group with a truly global audience. Whether playing here in a local Church or in a major concert hall in international cities like New York, Amsterdam or Shanghai, you are always assured of a professional, sparkling and most of all, good humoured performance. They genuinely love what they do and that certainly showed throughout the concert as they sang and encouraged the audience to sing along with them to all our favourite Christmas Carols such as “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “Away in a Manger,” “Oh Holy Night,” “In The Bleak Mid-Winter,” “We Three Kings,” and many more songs from their Christmas album.
Performing on the night with the Celtic Tenors was their very special guests, Kildare Town Community School Choir. Under the direction of Ms Laura Kavanagh, the choir meets once a week to learn a varied repertoire of challenging pieces along with vocal techniques. Students from all year groups learn how their voice plays an important part of a large vocal ensemble. The Choir was accompanied on the night by Kildare Town School Band, directed by Mr Nicholas Hetherington, and were delighted to be part of Missionary Children’s Christmas Concert with the Celtic Tenors.
Funds raised this year helped children at home and overseas. Fr Jude Raj Fernando feeds marginalized and street children each year at Christmas near St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, Sri Lanka and, this year, Missionary Children helped Fr Jude support over 2000 children.
Funds were also used to help children in the Acorn Centre at Kildare Town Community School which is a special centre for students with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The centre fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, including students and staff and the funds raised will be going towards some much needed specialised equipment for the students.