“Small but perfectly formed”

December 16, 2013

“Small but perfectly formed”. That was the verdict of the adjudicators at the recent UK City of Culture International Choral festival on Newry and Mourne Choral Group “Vocal Score”, who won the National Gospel Choir Competition at St Columb’s  Hall in Derry last month.

The adjudicators also heaped praise on the “beautiful solo singing” of Ciara [Bell] McParland, who covered Whoopy Goldberg’s”Joyful, Joyful” and Lowry Hodgett [James Taylor’s “Shed a Little Light”] and both these songs will feature prominently in Vocal Score’s annual Christmas Concert in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre in Newry on Thursday 19th December at 7.30 pm.


The concert will have a new format this year. So popular was Vocal Score’s cover of the suite from “Les Miserables” in their 2013 Spring Concert, that they will do this again for the opening half of Thursday’s concert. Those who haven’t already heard Eithne Bell and Lowry Hodgett’s hilarious harmonic contest for the title of “Master of the House” are in for a treat. Those who have will be delighted to have the chance to enjoy it again.

The second half of the concert will take on more of the traditional seasonal flavour, with carols from different countries and across different ages expressing the universality of the Christmas experience.

This year there will be only one concert in the Arts Centre, and tickets are already on sale from that venue [£10] with all proceeds to be shared between local charities, Southern Area Hospice and St Vincent de Paul.

Those who are unable to catch  the full concert on Thursday can still share in Vocal Score’s Christmas celebrations at a Carol Service in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, John Mitchel Place on Sunday, December 22nd at 7.30 pm.