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2003-12-16 James joins in a week of music

from the SligoWeekender


Internationally renowned Irish tenor James Nelson, one third of the highly successful Celtic Tenors, is the latest addition to the Model's Christmas lunchtime concerts. The tenor who is also a Sligo Weekender columnist, will perform today, Tuesday, December 16 in aid of the Sligo Rape Crisis Centre, the charity which all the Christmas Lunchtime concerts will benefit. Performing at 1.10pm in the acoustically astonishing Atrium as part of the lunchtime series, James is bound to deliver a stunning performance. Like each concert in the lunchtime series, the performance gets underway at 1.10pm and lasts approximately an hour.


A consummate professional James will be performing classical operatic pieces, a sprinkling of seasonal songs and some of the traditional airs and lively numbers for which he and his fellow Celtic Tenors have become renowned. The concert will be one of two James performs that day, the other being in St John's Hospital Chapel as part of their Christmas celebrations, sponsored by the Sligo Weekender.


The lunchtime series continues throughout this week, with performances from the Jazz Lads tomorrow, Wednesday, Tafelmusik, Sligo's 18th Century repertoire, on Thursday and opera classics from Jonathon Carter on Friday. Talented singer and songwriter Wayne O'Connor rounds off the series of concerts on Saturday, December 20 and he will be joined by a number of special guests. In keeping with all Atrium performances, admission to the concerts are free and all of the musicians are generously donating their time and talent free of charge. However, a collection will take place at each event and the audience are encouraged to give whatever they can to this year's chosen charity, The Sligo Rape Crisis Centre. The centre provides an invaluable service in Sligo, offering a safe, confidential space for survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault.


It offers the victims and their families a range of support services for free and as such needs donations to continue to offer such critical support. The Development Officer of the Model, Aoife Flynn, said: "We are delighted that the Model Arts and Niland Gallery have chosen Sligo Rape Crisis Centre to be the beneficiary of their Christmas lunchtime concert programme. "To feel that we have the support of our local community is very important to us. "Events such as this serve not only to raise valuable funds but also awareness about the services we provide for survivors of sexual violence." Sligo Rape Crisis Centres free phone help line is 1800 750 780.