Media release: 3 November 2011
Messiah Performance in aid of One Family 23 & 24 November
@ 8pm, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 8. Tickets €28
One Family, Ireland’s leading organisation for one-parent families, is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as the benefiting charity for this year’s performances of Handel’s Messiah by the Culwick Choral Society. With performances on 23 and 24 November at Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral, all proceeds will go towards the askonefamily helpline for one-parent families.
Karen Kiernan, Director of One Family says, ‘Parenting is tough work, I know. But doing it all alone can be even harder. That’s where our askonefamily helpline comes in. We offer support to all members of one-parent families in need of help and information – or simply a listening ear. We have had a 20% increase in calls since the recession and are very thankful to Culwick for giving us this opportunity to raise funds.’
Culwick Choral Society is a huge Dublin Choir that has been giving charity performances of Messiah in the atmospheric surroundings of St Patrick’s since 1990. The Choir of over one hundred voices will be joined by four wonderful soloists – soprano Mary Nelson, countertenor Duncan Brickenden, tenor Ben Thapa and bass Mark Saberton with Dublin Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Bernie Sherlock.
For many people this annual event marks the beginning of the festive season. This Messiah takes audiences back to the origin of Handel’s first performance, as he rehearsed it in St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1742 and it was first performed in nearby Fishamble Street. By donating any profits to One Family, Culwick are carrying on a long tradition as the proceeds from the very first performance were also donated to local charities.
Tickets for this festive concert are €28, make great gifts and are also a good opportunity for a staff Christmas outing – you can buy ten tickets for the price of nine.
For further information or to set up interviews with any of the soloists please contact Hilary Fennell, Communications Manager, One Family on 01 6629212 or 087 2359515.